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In Windows 10 how do I remove "Quick Access" altogether from the Windows Explorer navigation panel?

I do not want to add/remove items to the menu, I want to remove it outright in the similar fashion to Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Configuration.

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  • I've deleted my answer but can you explain what you mean by "it didn't work"? Was Quick access not affected at all by changing those settings? What if anything was left behind? I'm sure there'll be a way to get rid of it by deleting the appropriate reg keys, but I don't have the latest build yet to experiment with and moreover any workaround might break with the next build anyway. Perhaps it might be best to wait till Win10 reaches the RC stage. – Karan May 8 '15 at 19:09
  • @Karan It's still there with nothing directly underneath it, the next item is Desktop. What I want would make the Desktop item at the very top. I used Windows10_InsiderPreview_x64_EN-US_10074.iso with all the latest Windows Updates. – John May 10 '15 at 3:38
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To Hide Quick Access,

  1. Open File Explorer and go to View -> Options.
  2. Under the General tab, change 'Open File Explorer to' from 'Quick access' to 'This PC'.

To Remove the Quick Access Feature Entirely

  1. You’ll need to edit the registry for this procedure.
  2. Hide Quick Access using the steps in the above section.
  3. Once that’s done, click windows start button and type regedit, right click and run as administrator.
  4. Navigate to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}
  5. Expand it, and right-click ShellFolder.
  6. Select Permissions, and click the Advanced button.
  7. In the 'Advanced Security Settings for ShellFolder' box, click the 'Change' link,
  8. Then click 'Advanced',
  9. Click the 'Find Now' button,
  10. And in the 'Search results' box select 'Administrators'.
  11. Click OK twice, then Apply, and hit OK until the boxes closes.
  12. Make sure you allow Full Control (click)
  13. Inside 'ShellFolder', double-click 'Attributes', and change data value to 'a0600000', then click OK.
  14. With that done, reboot your PC.
  15. When you open File Explorer next time, Quick Access should be gone.

To Turn the Quick Access Feature Back On

  1. If you decide you want the feature back, repeat the process but change the ShellFolder attributes from 'a0600000' to 'a0100000', and click OK.

This solution worked for me, and was found here at betanews.

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    You answer is not very readable. Please can you reformat it to use numbering/bullets/etc. See Markdown help. – DavidPostill Apr 27 '16 at 23:32
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Please see end if you would like to back up the registry before you begin, as we will be changing a registry key for this solution.

  1. Click on the Start Button
  2. Type cmd
  3. Right Click on 'Command Prompt'
  4. select 'Run as Administartor

Run CMD as Admin

  1. Then copy and paste the following into Command Prompt to turn off quick access:

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v HubMode /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

  1. Hit the enter key Command Prompt Key Change
  2. Now reboot your computer (or restart the explorer.exe process) and quick access will now be gone from file explorer in all users on Windows 10.

If at some later time you would like to return Quick Access back, repeat steps 1 to 7 except use the below code instead. This will turn Quick Access back on in file explorer in all users

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v HubMode /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

All these commands do is turn on and off a registry key here; enter image description here

Steps how to back up registry:

- Type regedit in the search box.
- Click regedit from the search results list.
- Select Computer on the left side
- Click on the menu >File then click on >Export.
- At the Export Registry File, type a name for the backup file.
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    Creating the HubMode value is the way to go. Here's the PowerShell (Admin) one-liner: New-ItemProperty 'HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer' HubMode -value 1 -force; get-process explorer | stop-process – Keith Miller May 5 '19 at 17:28
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The new version of Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Configuration supports this. Open an administrative privileged command prompt and run the executable with the parameters specified in the PDF file. Log off and log back in for the changes to take effect.


I now use Winaero Tweaker. Since there is an extended number of tweaks copy the code and save it as a file called Winaero Tweaker_2019_12_22.ini which you can then easily import. Keep in mind my preferences may differ from those who try this.

[Format]
ProductName=Winaero Tweaker
ProductVersion=0.16.1.0
FormatVersion=1.1
[User]
pageAltTab10=1
pageAdsUnwantedApps=1
pageShutdownDialogDefaultAction=1
pageDisableLookInStore=1
pageDisableAutomaticMaintenance=1
pageDisableSafeZoneInformation=1
pageDisableMRT=1
pageDisableTimeline=1
pageErrorReporting=1
pageShowMenuDelay=1
pagePowerThrottling=1
pageShowBSODDetails=1
pageSvcHostSplitThreshold=1
pageSafeModeWindowsInstaller=1
pageLoginScreenBlur=1
pageDisableLockScreen=1
pageNumlockLoginState=1
pageBalloonTooltips=1
pageCortanaSearchBoxText=1
pageDisableNotificationCenter=1
pageDisableLiveTiles=1
pageDisableDriverUpdates10=1
pageQuickActionButtons=1
pageDisableWebSearch=1
pageOldVolumeControl=1
pageTaskbarPinMorePeople=1
pageTaskbarFlashCount=1
pageWallpaperQuality=1
pageContextMenuCmdAsAdmin=1
pageContextMenuRemoveDefault=1
pageContextMenuTakeOwnership=1
pageContextMenuCompactOS=1
pageControlPanelWU=1
pageDisableOnlineVideoTips=1
pageConfirmationCheckBoxDoForAll=1
pageDisableAutomaticFolderTypeDiscovery=1
pageCustomizeLibrariesItem=1
pageThisPCTweaker=1
pageDragDropAction=1
pageDisableSearchHistory=1
pageDriveLetters=1
pageNavPaneDefaultItems=1
pageNetworkComputers1803=1
pageLinkedConnections=1
pageEnableAdministrator=1
pageUAC=1
pageDefenderAntiMalware=1
pageDisableCortana=1
pageDisableWindowsInk=1
pageEdgePreloading=1
pageIEExtraButtons=1
pageDisableTelemetry=1
pageDisableShortcutText=1
pageShortcutArrow=1
pagePhotoViewer=1
[pageAltTab10]
Grid_backgroundPercent=70
BackgroundDimmingLayer_percent=0
Wallpaper=0
AltTabSettings=1
[pageAdsUnwantedApps]
UnwantedAppsDisabled=1
FileExplorerAdsDisabled=1
LockScreenAdsDisabled=1
StartSuggestionsDisabled=1
TipsAboutWindowsDisabled=1
WelcomePageDisabled=1
SettingsAdsDisabled=1
PeopleAdsDisabled=1
TimelineSuggestionsDisabled=1
[pageShutdownDialogDefaultAction]
ShutdownAction=64
[pageShowMenuDelay]
MenuShowDelay=0
[pageSvcHostSplitThreshold]
SvcHostSplitThresholdInKB=34507912
[pageCortanaSearchBoxText]
CortanaText= 
[pageTaskbarPinMorePeople]
TaskbarCapacity=0
[pageTaskbarFlashCount]
ForegroundFlashCount=3
[pageWallpaperQuality]
JPEGImportQuality=90
[pageContextMenuCmdAsAdmin]
contextMenuTitle=Command Prompt (Administrator)
Extended=0
[pageContextMenuRemoveDefault]
IsScanWithDefenderRemoved=1
IsCastToDeviceRemoved=1
IsBitLockerRemoved=1
IsEditWithPaint3DRemoved=1
IsExtractAllRemoved=1
IsBurnImageRemoved=1
IsShareWithRemoved=1
IsModernSharingRemoved=1
IsPreviousVersionsRemoved=1
IsPinToTaskbarRemoved=1
IsPinToStartRemoved=1
IsCompatibilityRemoved=1
IsIncludeInLibraryRemoved=1
IsRotateRightLeftRemoved=1
IsOneDriveRemoved=1
IsEFSRemoved=1
[pageCustomizeLibrariesItem]
LibrariesName=Libraries
LibrariesIconPath=C:\ProgramData\WinaeroTweaker\ShellIcons\1059646110.ico
[pageThisPCTweaker]
ThisPCFoldersCount=0
[pageDragDropAction]
DefaultDropEffect=2
[pageDriveLetters]
ShowDriveLettersFirst=4
[pageNavPaneDefaultItems]
{679F85CB-0220-4080-B29B-5540CC05AAB6}=0
{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}=0
{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}=0
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}=1
{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}=1
{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}=0
[pageEdgePreloading]
AllowTabPreloading=0
AllowPrelaunch=0
[pageIEExtraButtons]
HideNewEdgeButton=0
NoHelpItemSendFeedback=1
[pageShortcutArrow]
ShortcutOverlayIcon=C:\ProgramData\WinaeroTweaker\ShellIcons\classic.ico
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  • Way too hard to do. "To Hide Quick Access" below works on Windows 10 Pro and also Windows Server 2019. – Doug Null Feb 16 '20 at 23:57
  • @DougNull Thanks for commenting, I've updated with the new method that I've been using for a while. Please try it out and let me know what you think. – John Feb 17 '20 at 5:20
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Not sure if it has this option as I've only briefly played with Win10, but Classic Shell is able to change a vast range of settings on Windows 7-10:

http://classicshell.net/

On Win8, I reckon this app makes the difference between having a headache and having a computer.

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  • This is just a vague guess at best and would have been better off as a comment. If you can confirm that Classic Shell can actually do what the OP wants then I will gladly remove my negative vote. – Karan May 6 '15 at 0:34
  • I think it is quite reasonable to make a suggestion which may benefit the OP. I DID check the documentation before posting, and it looks like it might do this. If I were posting BS you would be within your rights to post neg FB, but I am not. Your reaction seems to be pure vindictiveness. – IanR May 7 '15 at 19:29
  • You can certainly make a suggestion but you're yourself unsure whether your suggestion is valid. Can you point out where in the docs it says Classic Shell can disable Quick Access? If you can provide some proof or better still a screenshot of it working, I'll definitely upvote your answer. Edit: Just saw you added a few sentences to your comment. For the record it's not vindictiveness because I don't know you from any Tom, Dick or Harry and I lose rep too when downvoting. Provide the proof that your answer (which BTW I never said was total BS) works and get the well-deserved upvote, simple. – Karan May 7 '15 at 19:56
  • I can confirm that Classic Shell has this option. It's in the Context Menu section. Though, tests seem to indicate that this setting may not work properly on Windows 10. Since My Win10 install was bashed-around a bit from software testing I wanted to wait until I could confirm this on a fresh install. They may fix this in due course. – IanR May 13 '15 at 21:33
  • So, I make a suggestion based on experience. An admin punishes me for making what he considers to be a guess. I then show that the information I am giving is in the software manual. Further testing (which involved me in a lot of additional time at my own expense) shows that the option might not work correctly, but that is hardly MY fault. I gave authentic information, and that is what matters. The punishment still stands. Sod that for a laugh, if I were being paid to give advice this would still be bad enough. As it is, foot-shooting exercise since I'm outa here. – IanR Jul 19 '15 at 21:54

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