How To Clear Quick Access In Windows 11

Quick Access is a handy feature in Windows 11 that allows you to access frequently used files and folders with ease. However, there are times when you may want to clear your Quick Access history to keep your File Explorer clean and organized. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of clearing Quick Access in Windows 11.

Method 1: Clear Quick Access from File Explorer Options

This method involves using the File Explorer Options window to clear your Quick Access history. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots (More options) located in the top right corner of the File Explorer window, and click on Options.
  3. In the File Explorer Options window, navigate to the General tab.
  4. Under the Privacy section, click on the Clear button next to “Clear File Explorer history.”
  5. Click Apply and then OK to save your changes and close the File Explorer Options window.

Your Quick Access history should now be cleared.

Method 2: Clear Quick Access using Command Prompt

You can also clear your Quick Access history using the Command Prompt. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter or click OK to open the Command Prompt.
  3. Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt:

del "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*" /A /Q /F

  1. Press Enter to execute the command. This will clear your Quick Access history.
  2. Close the Command Prompt window.

That’s it! You’ve successfully cleared your Quick Access history in Windows 11. Remember that clearing your Quick Access history will not delete the actual files or folders – it only removes their shortcuts from the Quick Access section in File Explorer.

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