How To Clear Quick Access In Windows 10

Quick Access is a handy feature in Windows 10 that allows users to quickly access frequently used files and
folders. The more you use certain files and folders, the more they appear in Quick Access. However, you might
want to clear your Quick Access history for privacy reasons or simply to declutter the list. In this blog post,
we will show you how to clear Quick Access in Windows 10 using two methods.

Method 1: Clear Quick Access from File Explorer

In this method, we will use File Explorer to clear the Quick Access history. Follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing Win + E or clicking the File Explorer icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click on the View tab in the File Explorer toolbar.
  3. Click on Options in the View tab. This will open the Folder Options window.
  4. In the Folder Options window, click on the Privacy section at the bottom.
  5. To clear Quick Access history, click on the Clear button next to ‘Clear File Explorer
  6. Click Apply and then OK to save changes and close the Folder Options

Your Quick Access history should now be cleared.

Method 2: Clear Quick Access using Run command

In this method, we will use the Run command to clear Quick Access history. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command into the Run dialog box:
    cmd /c "echo Y|Del %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*"
  3. Press Enter or click OK.

This command will clear your Quick Access history.


Clearing your Quick Access history in Windows 10 can help maintain your privacy and keep your File Explorer
organized. We’ve covered two methods to do this – one using File Explorer and the other using the Run command.
Both methods are simple and effective. Choose the method that works best for you and enjoy a cleaner Quick
Access experience.