General Remove Quick Access Folders from Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to stop showing Quick access folders on the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Quick access is part of Home in File Explorer (Win+E).

Quick access allows you to quickly access and view your pinned folders and frequent folders from within Home in File Explorer, and from the navigation pane of File Explorer when Show all folders is turned off.

If you don't like seeing all your pinned folders and frequent folders showing on the navigation pane of File Explorer, then you can remove them all to stop showing. This will also remove the Quick access section from Home in File Explorer.


EXAMPLE: Quick access folders on navigation pane of File Explorer

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Here's How:

1 Open Folder Options.

2 Perform the following steps to stop showing frequent folders in Quick access: (see screenshot below)
  1. Click/tap on the General tab.
  2. Under Privacy, uncheck Show frequently used folders.
  3. Click/tap on OK to apply.
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3 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

4 Perform the following steps on each folder pinned to Quick access to remove them: (see screenshot below)
  1. Right click on a pinned folder in the navigation pane.
  2. Click/tap on Unpin from Quick access.
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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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is there a regedit version of unpinning? previous tricks no longer work with this new explorer.

I am trying to automate removal of Videos & Music pins.

I'm not aware of a way to unpin specific folders like that. :(

Yeah I used the HubMode (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer) to hide QuickAccess in Windows 10. But in Windows 11 this does not work. And what's annoying, other websites state that it does... though it's possible it worked in earlier versions. I'm only starting my work on W11 22H2

Very disappointing as I too wish to do this via reg/command/PS.
We give a kiosk user access to a specific folder only, and to have links to other areas that they could start messing around with is very irritating.
Fingers X for a solution in the future
 

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greetings,

is there a way to remove the grey pin icons next to the pinned folders on quick access?

thanks
 

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greetings,

is there a way to remove the grey pin icons next to the pinned folders on quick access?

thanks
Hello jkk, and welcome. :alien:

I'm afraid only by unpinning them.
 

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You can replace them with a blank image using 'CustomizerGod'
The top screenshot indicates which icon we are replacing and the bottom image shows it
when we have replaced it with #5100.ico.
The original icon and the replacement are both enclosed in the zip file.

You just select the 'Pin' icon and then click on the 'Change' button below
and replace it with the #5100.ico

To reverse it just highlight the icon once again and click on 'Restore'
I've tested it and it seems to be working fine here.
I have noticed however that the 'Pin' does seem to appear in some other areas other than 'Explorer'
I haven't tracked them down as of yet.

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