As part of its Quick Access feature, File Explorer in Windows 10 keeps track of your recently used and frequently used files and folders. This screen allows you to quickly access your most frequently used locations, so you don’t have to sift through directory structures to find that file you last opened. How to Clear Recent Files in File Explorer on Windows 10?
How to clear recent files and folders from Windows 10 File Explorer
While Quick Access is convenient, you may want to delete it and start over. To do so, go to File Explorer’s File menu and select “Change folder and search options.”
A popup menu for Folder Options will appear. To clear your Quick Access history, go to the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear” button. As you use File Explorer, this will delete the indexes of your recently and frequently used files and folders, causing them to rebuild from scratch.
It’s worth noting that the two checkboxes above the “Clear” button can be used to completely disable this behavior – the first disables tracking of recently used files, while the second removes the “Frequent folders” section.