Getting a slew of ads on your computer screen while you’re working can be both distracting and annoying. If you’re using Windows 10 on your PC, laptop, or Surface Pro, you might have seen ads pop up in File Explorer and are not happy about it. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to get rid of these ads.
Why are users getting these ads?
Ads are being displayed in different parts of Windows 10 and not just on File Explorer — the Start menu, on the lock screen, from the taskbar, and in other Microsoft apps. Microsoft has been displaying ads that promote Office 365 and OneDrive since the Creators Update. Overwhelming negative reactions to this practice have been popping up online as a result.
However, the company doesn’t consider them ads but “suggestions.” These suggestions promote Microsoft products and services and third-party apps in the Windows Store. The tech giant may be doing users a favor by reminding them they can easily grab apps in the store that can benefit them. But to many, ads are more of a nuisance than a favor.
How do I turn off ads?
Fortunately, there’s a simple way to turn ads off. You could disable them right now by doing the following:
- Open File Explorer.
- Select View from the ribbon along the top of any File Explorer window.
- Click Options on the far right-hand side.
- From the drop down arrow below Options, select Change folder and search options.
- Once in the Folder options window, go to the View tab.
- In the Advanced Settings window pane, scroll down and deselect “Show sync provider notifications”.
- Click Apply and close the Folder Options window.
That’s all it takes! Keep in mind that we highly recommend the services Microsoft suggests. Office 365, OneDrive, and others are all great cloud platforms for easily and securely working and collaborating from any device in any location — but we understand that some don’t want to see these ads when they’re hunting down sales records.
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