How to Remove Suggested Files in Google Drive

Google Drive is the best cloud storage available in the market. It has also a feature that you will notice regularly it has a row for the suggested documents that you have opened earlier.

But you don’t want to see those suggested files again especially when multiple people use the same account in the team. In such cases, it is better to get rid of suggested files on that section or it would be best if it could be replaced with other files.

A very basic method is available to remove your files from the suggested row would be open to different files that will replace the contents of the suggested row.

We have tried multiple ways to remove suggested files in Google Drive and have made this tutorial for you so that you can do it too. Here is all you need to know.

How to Remove Suggested Files in Google Drive?

Rather than manually opening individual files to replace in a particular row, Check the below instructions to follow the steps carefully.

  • Open the Google Drive from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to gain access to the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, click on the settings icon to the right of the search bar at the top.
  • Select Settings from the menu. 
  • Click on General from the side menu in the new window. 
  • Scroll down until you see the Suggestions section at the bottom of the list. 
  • Uncheck the Show suggested files in the My Drive option. This will remove the Suggested row from the My Drive section. 
Remove Suggested Files in Google Drive

You will also see another option below: Show suggested files in Shared with me. Uncheck that if you want to remove the Suggested row from the Shared with me section as well. This is the easiest way you can remove suggested files in Google Drive.

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How to Stop Getting Updates Regarding Google Drive Items on Your Mail

Google Drive sends mail updates whenever there is a change made on your drive. Follow the below steps and check.

  • Open Google Drive from the preferred browser.
  • Move to the Google Drive website at drive.google.com. 
  • Enter your credentials to gain access to the Drive.
  • Once you are logged in, click on the settings icon placed to the right of the main search bar at the top. 
  • A new window will be displayed, click on Notifications from the side menu. 
  • Uncheck the Get all updates about Google Drive items via mail option.
How to Remove Suggested Files in Google Drive
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Now, you won’t receive any updates about changes made to your Google Drive items in your mail. It will save a lot of space as well on your mail and it will no longer be filled with random mail from users and files you no longer want to be associated with.

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How to Disable the Suggested Files From Google Drive on Android 

You can delete the suggestions that show up when you open the Google Drive app on an Android phone. However, unlike using Drive on a laptop or PC, you cannot remove the entire Suggestions section from your Drive on Android. 

  • Make sure you have installed the Google Drive application on your mobile.
  • If not, download it from the Play Store and enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, click on the Home tab from the four options given at the bottom of the screen. 
  • You will now be able to see all the suggested files. To remove them click on the options button next to their name. The icon will have three vertical dots on it. 
  • Scroll down till you see a thumbs-down icon that reads Not a helpful suggestion and click on it
  • After you do that, that particular file will be removed from the suggestions but not deleted. 

The only drawback in this was, that we had to remove every file manually so as not to show in the suggestions column because the Google Drive app doesn’t allow us to remove the whole section.

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Is There a List For All The Keyboard Shortcuts on Google Drive?

Yes, Google Drive has shortcuts and you cannot remember all. This you can easily access from the settings panel. Follow the below steps to do so.

  • Open the Google Drive application from the preferred browser.
  • Move to the Google Drive website at drive.google.com. 
  • Enter your credentials to gain access to the Drive.
  • Once you are logged in, select the settings icon on the far right of the search bar at the top. 
  • Select Keyboard shortcuts. 
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  • A new window will show up with all the keyboard shortcuts grouped in various sections like selection, go to, application, create, upload, menus, and action. 

You can also manually search for shortcuts to perform various functions using the search bar provided in the window. 

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Conclusion

As you have seen, removing suggested files from Google Drive is straightforward. You cannot surely remove it completely from Google Drive since it will keep showing up every time you view or make changes to any file.

You only have to do a little work when you are removing them from an Android phone, otherwise, you can remove the entire suggested section itself on a PC or laptop. If you are unable to do it the first time, try to do it again and it will work.

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