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Delete favorites, frequent folders or recent files in Windows 10 Explorer

When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, or more precisely the preview of Windows 10 that Microsoft released two weeks ago, you’ll notice that it starts at a start page instead of This PC.

This home page lists favorites, frequent folders, and recent files, but not drives, for example. These can be accessed from the left in the sidebar along with network drives or the OneDrive cloud service.

Depending on how you use your computer, you may not need one, some, or all of the special folders that are displayed in Start. The favorites are shown, for example, on the left side also directly, which makes the list in Home redundant if you ask me.

Here is a brief overview of what the special folders show on the screen:

  • Favorites shows all favorites folders. If you have many, there may be a lot of people under Home. To update: Changed the name to Quick Access in Windows 10.
  • Frequent Folders displays ten folders that are frequently used on the system.
  • Recent Files lists twenty files that the user has most recently used (created and edited).

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You can remove these folders from the home page. This is how you do it:

  • Use Windows-r to open the system run box.
  • Type regedit and press enter.
  • Confirm the User Account Control message.
  • To go HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ HomeFolder \ NameSpace \ DelegateFolders using the menu on the left.
  • To remove favorites, right click on {d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938} and select rename from the context menu. Add a – (minus) in front of the string so it looks like this: – {d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
  • To remove recent folders perform the same operation on the string {4564b25e-30cd-4787-82ba-39e73a750b14}
  • To delete recent files do the same for {3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819}

The changes are visible immediately, there is no need to restart the explorer.exe process.

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When you delete all three folders, Home displays a blank page. You can change that by replacing it with This PC. You can do this by clicking File > Change folder and search options, and selecting “This PC” from the Open File Explorer menu in the Folder Options.

Alternatively, you can do it using the Registry: To do this, create a new key by right-clicking on DelegateFolders and selecting New > Key.

name the key {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}. Then double-click Default and enter This PC as the value.

There is another option to remove recent folders and files from the home page. You can completely disable recording of recent system information by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting properties from the menu.

Switch to the start menu in the window that opens and uncheck “store and show recently opened items in the start menu and taskbar”.

This displays the list of drives on Start. (via Deskmodder)

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