avatarby John CallahamMarch 10, 20170 comments

Microsoft is trying its best to monetize Windows 10, However, its latest move has turned out to be really annoying. The company is inserting ads for people to purchase OneDrive and Office 360 subscriptions inside the File Explorer for the OS.

These ads started showing up a few days ago, and needless to say, they were not welcomed with open arms by Windows 10 users. In a statement sent to The Verge, Microsoft attempted to spin these rather forward notifications asking for money as a helpful tip, stating they were designed to provide “quick, easy information to enhance the experience relative to storage and cloud file management.” Sure.

Thankfully, Windows 10 owners do have a way to shut down these ads. Thurrott.com has posted a simple guide that, when followed, should keep these notifications from popping up in File Explorer again. After you open up File Explorer, navigate to “View”, then “Options” and then “Change Change folder and search options.” When the Folder Options window appears, click on the “View” tab, and scroll down the Advance Settings list until you see “Show sync provider notifications” option. Unchecking the box next to it should keep those pesky adds from showing up again.

Hopefully, Microsoft will continue to make these kinds of in-app ads optional. We do worry that in the future, a free version of Windows will be released that will keep pestering us with similar ad notifications that can’t be turned off.