Quick Access resides at the top of your Windows 10 File Explorer navigation pane. When you select this icon, it will display two groups of shortcuts in the contents pane, showing folders and files you have created.
As Quick Access is a virtual folder, it will behave differently than your other folders. You can drag an item to copy it to another folder or attach the file associated with it to an email message. However, you cannot delete or move a file from Quick Access. You can try, but pressing the Delete key will have no effect and the Move To option on your File Explorer Ribbon will be greyed out.
Follow the steps below:
- Right-click and select Open File Location to work directly with your files
- Only 20 files will be shown in Quick Access, which are drawn from the %AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecent folder in your user profile. In order to manually edit the list, select one or more shortcuts | right-click and then select Remove From Quick Access
- If you would like to clear the File Explorer history and start anew with Quick Access, simply click Clear at the bottom of the dialog box
Many thanks to Ed Bott from whom I learned this!