With Windows 10, Microsoft added a new feature to File Explorer, i.e. Quick Access. It has also made its way to Windows 11 as well. However, with Windows 11 22H2 version, it has been replaced by Home which is basically an enhancement to the existing Quick Access feature. It seems like a convenient feature but most of the users are used to opening the default “This PC” when they click File Explorer. So, if you are one of them, you can disable Quick Access or Home in File Explorer on Windows 11 or 10.
Another reason for disliking the Quick Access or Home feature is that sometimes it takes more time to load. And till then, you can’t use File Explorer. To solve this problem, you can change the settings in File Explorer to open ‘This PC‘ instead of Quick Access or Home. So, next time you click on the File Explorer icon on Taskbar, it will open This PC by default.
Disable the Quick Access or Home Feature in File Explorer in Windows 11 and 10
So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to change settings in Windows 10 and 11 to disable the Quick Access or Home feature of File Explorer. This process includes two parts. In the first part, we will change the default behavior of File Explorer to open ‘This PC’ instead of Quick Access or Home. And in the second part, we will remove the ‘Quick Access’ or ‘Home’ option from File Explorer. So, you won’t even see it there.
A) Set File Explorer to Open ‘This PC’ instead of Quick Access (Windows 10 and 11 22H1 or Earlier Builds)
Now, we will first set up File Explorer in Windows 11 and Windows 10 to open This PC instead of Quick Access by default. This is applicable for Windows 11 or 10 version 22H1 or earlier builds. Follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Open File Explorer and Go to Folder Options
First of all, click on the File Explorer icon on your Windows 11 or 10 PC. This will open the Quick Access window by default.
Now, in the left pane right-click on Quick Access and select the appropriate option according to your OS version.
Windows 11: Right-click on Quick Access > Show More Options > Options
Windows 10: Right-click on Quick Access > Options
Step 2: Disable Quick Access in File Explorer
The Folder Options window will open. Now, on the General tab, select This PC from the “Open File Explorer to” dropdown. After that, click Apply and OK to save the settings.
Now, you have successfully disabled the Quick Access feature of Windows 11 or 10’s File Explorer.
Step 3: Close and Re-open File Explorer in Windows 11 or 10
Now, after you disable Quick Access in your Windows 11 or 10, close File Explorer. After that launch File Explorer again from Taskbar or Start. This time File Explorer should open to This PC instead of Quick Access.
B) Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Home in Windows 11 22H2
As mentioned earlier, Quick Access has been replaced by Home in Windows 11 22H2 version. Also, the process to change its behavior has also changed a bit. So, we have explained it here. Just follow these steps:
Step 1: Launch File Explorer and open Folder Options
First of all, launch File Explorer and click on 3-horizontal dots in the Menu bar. After that, select Options to open the Folder Options window.
Step 2: Change Folder Options to open This PC instead of Home
Now, in the Folder Options window, set the ‘Open File Explorer to:’ to This PC instead of Home from the drop-down. After that, click Apply and OK to save the changes.
Step 3: Close and Re-open the File Explorer
After changing the settings, it’s time to see it in action. Simply close and re-open the File Explorer and it will open to This PC instead of Home.
C) Remove the Quick Access or Home Option from File Explorer in Windows 10 and 11 (including the 22H2 version)
After setting File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access or Home, we will now remove the Quick Access or Home option completely from Explorer. We will use Registry Editor for this purpose. So, we suggest you take the backup of the Registry or create a restore point before proceeding further.
Step 1: Open Registry Editor and go to Explorer Key
So, launch Registry Editor from Start. You can also go to RUN, type
regedit and press Enter to start Registry Editor. After that go to the following path in Registry Editor.
Step 2: Create HubMode DWORD in Registry Editor
Now, right-click on the Explorer key in Registry Editor and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Name this newly created DWORD as
After that, double-click on it to modify it and set its value to 1.
Step 3: Close and Re-Open File Explorer
Now, you can close the Registry Editor. Also, close all instances of File Explorer on your PC. After that, open File Explorer again. This time you won’t see any Quick Access or Home option there.
NOTE: In case you wish to restore Quick Access or Home option in File Explorer, simply go to Explorer key in Registry Editor and delete
HubMode DWORD. After that close and re-open File Explorer and you will see Quick Access or Home there again.
Turn Off the Quick Access or Home Feature of File Explorer in Windows 11 and 10
The above tutorial explained how you can easily turn off and completely disable the Quick Access or Home feature in File Explorer on Windows 11 or 10. Now, every time you click on the File Explorer icon, it will open to This PC instead of Home or Quick Access. And you won’t see any Quick Access or Home option in File Explorer. So, no more waiting for Quick Access to load. Try this tutorial to enable the new File Explorer UI in Windows 11.
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