General Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home in Windows 11


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Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent folders (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

Files from Office.com will show in File Explorer Home by default.

If you like, turning off files from Office.com will prevent File Explorer from requesting recent cloud file metadata and displaying it in the the Home (Quick access) view.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for your account or all users in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for Current User in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for Current User using REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Office files under Recent in File Explorer Home

Office_files_in_File_Explorer_Home.png





Option One

Turn On or Off Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for Current User in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Check (off) or uncheck (on - default) Show files from Office.com for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Show_files_from_Office.com_Folder_Options.png





Option Two

Turn On or Off Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for Current User using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.

2 Turn On Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for Current User

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_Show_files_from_Office.com_in_File_Explorer_Home.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShowCloudFilesInQuickAccess"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_Show_files_from_Office.com_in_File_Explorer_Home.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShowCloudFilesInQuickAccess"=dword:00000000

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.




Option Three

Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer

Office_files_File_Explorer_Home_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of File Explorer in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off files from Office.com in Quick Access view policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.

5 Enable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users

This is the default setting.

This will allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Office_files_File_Explorer_Home_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users

This will disable and prevent using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Office_files_File_Explorer_Home_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Four

Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Enable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Show_files_from_Office.com_in_File_Explorer_Home.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableGraphRecentItems"=-


 3. Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for All Users

This will disable and prevent using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Show_files_from_Office.com_in_File_Explorer_Home.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableGraphRecentItems"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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