How-to Enable / Disable Recent Files in Windows 10?

Recent files can be a good feature if you need to find a file you recently used… however if you want to keep things private then hiding this might be a good option for you. You can simply select an option and Windows will stop showing you these files. Let’s get started shall we? This will only take a moment.

How-to Enable / Disable Recent Files in Windows 10?

Method 1 (Recommended):

1. Open File Explorer and go to Quick Access.

 

File Explorer -> Quick Access How-to Enable / Disable Recent Files in Windows 10? Recent Files

 

2. Then in the top bar click on View.

3. Then click on Options and choose Change Folder and Search Options

View Options How-to Enable / Disable Recent Files in Windows 10? Recent Files

 

 

To enable File History simply check the box before “Show Recently Used files in Quick Access”. If you want to disable the File History from being showed then simply remove the check in the box before “Show Recently Used files in Quick Access”.

Show File History How-to Enable / Disable Recent Files in Windows 10? Recent Files

That’s it! Simply click on OK and you´re good to go!

Method 2:

1. Right-click or tap and hold the Windows start logo and choose Control Panel

2. Click on or tap Appearance and Personalisation

3. Click on File Explorer Options 

File Explorer Options How-to Enable / Disable Recent Files in Windows 10? Recent Files

To enable File History simply check the box before “Show Recently Used files in Quick Access”. If you want to disable the File History from being showed then simply remove the check in the box before “Show Recently Used files in Quick Access”.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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