Windows 10 – How to clear the Recent Files history in File Explorer

In Windows 10 every file you open by double-clicking is added to the Recent Files list.

This list can be seen when File Explorer is opened or when the when the Quick access is opened in File Explorer.

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Unfortunately clearing the Recent Files history is an all or nothing situation – there is no option to remove just one file, instead you need to clear the entire list.

This is done by opening ‘View’ in the ribbon and clicking on ‘Options’

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Then next to ‘Clear File Explorer history’ click the ‘Clear’ button.

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