How to hide Windows 10 Frequent Folders, Favorites and Recent files from explorer window?


Have you installed the Windows 10 OS Technical Preview? What is your review of the Windows 10 OS features? Did you like the Windows 10 Home tab view with options like Frequent Folders, Favorites as well as Recent Files in the file explorer of Windows 10? Please read further to know about tips to disable Frequent Folders, Favorites, etc. from display on Windows 10 File Explorer.

One of the most obvious change visible in the latest Windows 10 Operating System is the option of "Home" visible when the file explorer is opened. In case of the recent Windows OS versions, the explorer window opened with direct navigation to folders like Favorites, This PC, Documents, etc. However, with this Microsoft Windows 10 preview, we could clearly see the new "Home" view that clubs together Favorites, Frequent folders, Recent files, etc.

Why will one want to hide Frequent Folders or Favorites folder in Windows 10?


One uses the PC or laptop for different kinds of personal stuff. You may receive several confidential documents via email or you may prepare some important presentation and store it on your system. In such cases, you wouldn't want a third person to be able to view any such files accidentally. This is exactly the danger with "Frequent Folders" option as it tracks the stuff that you access most frequently on your system. It is useful only if someone wants to track what their children are accessing on their PC or laptop. For others, this feature may prove to be a deterrent sooner rather than later. Hence, there could be a growing need to clear stuff from Frequent folders and Recent files as well as hide the pinnable Favorites option.

Tips to clear files from Windows 10 Frequent Folders and Recent Files


  • From the taskbar, use right-click of your mouse.

  • Choose the "Properties" option.

  • Select the "Start Menu" tab from the pop-up window that gets opened.

  • From the various checkbox options visible in the Start Menu tab, you need to to remove the tick from second option that states "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar".

  • After the modification is done, click "OK" to apply the changes.


Tips to hide Windows 10 Favorites folder


  • Open a new file explorer window in your system.

  • Look for the Favorites folder on left hand side and right click on it.

  • Choose the "Properties" option and select "Hidden" option.

  • Click "OK" to apply the changes.

  • Alternatively, if you simply want to remove the "Favorites" option from navigation pane, you can untick the "Show Favorites" option from View Pane.


Hope the above Windows 10 tricks will help you to play around with Favorites, Frequent Folders, etc. You can keep them visible or hide them; ultimately the choice is yours! Please feel free to share related tips for Windows 10 users.


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