[How To] Disable ads in File Explorer

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Among various methods of monetizing Windows 10 Microsoft is testing File Explorer ads. Yes, it might seem like a terrible decision, but would you really uninstall Windows and choose an older version or even a different OS just because those Explorer ads are annoying? Nevertheless, for now there is no need for such drastic measures as you can disable ads in File Explorer.

First things first – these ads are being currently tested in Windows 10 Creators Update. At the moment only those enrolled in the Windows Insider program have a chance of seeing these ads in File Explorer.

It’s safe to say most Windows 10 users will not welcome these ads but hopefully Microsoft is not going to push their luck too hard and allow us to disable ads in File Explorer even after Creators Update will be officially released.

How to disable ads in File Explorer

File Explorer ads might be annoying but they’re not alone. Microsoft is also advertising Microsoft Edge via task bar notifications, and the lock screen tips are already old news.

Regardless, if you want to disable ads in File Explorer it is possible, so here is how to do it:

Disable ads in File Explorer

Open File Explorer and click on the View tab, then on ‘Change folder and search options’.

Disable ads in File Explorer

Launch File Explorer and the click View > Options > Change folder and search options.

In the Folder Options dialog that pops up, select the View tab. Scroll down through the list of options until you locate the one called “Show sync provider notifications”. Uncheck the box next to it so its disabled. Click on “Apply” then hit the OK button to save the changes. That’s it!

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