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  1.    #1

    What is the best way to organize and maintain the sidebar?


    Hi, I've been taking some time today to declutter and reorganize some things starting with the sidebar. Within ten minutes I was exasperated, I remember the last time when I first got W10 how fruitless all the effort was. Look at this.



    Appart from the ridiculous order of things (I mean who would list hard drives and usb ports between navigation the Icons "This PC, Libraries and Network, Control Panel"?) You can't move most of them or delete a lot of them. Now if I open up This PC, I get a duplicate list within a list, two of everything, Libraries duplicates another list. If I open Chris, I get things like .Hard Disc Manager 16 Basic .QtWebEngineProcess, a folder name ansel, AppData, dupes of Onedrive I don't even use it but I do have two. I shut down Quick Access after a week, maybe I should have closed the desktop and tried to use Quick Access. How do you stand the stacked up redundancy, every friggin icon listed twice? What a mess! < (only one, not a rant)Has anyone come up with a simple way to delete the seconds? To reorder? Stash them under a heading and never open it again. I can't find one heading that will let me empty it and repopulate it with the shortcuts I want. If someone has even a partial solution, something reasonably workable I'd love to hear it.Thanks in advance.
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       #2

    I'd start by right-clicking and hiding Libraries; I've hated libraries ever since they were introduced.
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  3.    #3

    That does not give a hide option, I get; Expand, Restore, Pin to, Open, Pin to, Copy and New.
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    Sorry, I should've clarified a little better where/what to right click; see the "X":

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    ( You'll want to make that checkmark go away )
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  5. DjDave238's Avatar
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       #5

    If you want just the "This PC" menu, see also:

    Removing Quick Access:
    How to remove Quick access from File Explorer in Windows 10 | Windows Central

    Removing OneDrive:
    How to remove OneDrive from File Explorer on Windows 10 | Windows Central

    Removing Creative Cloud Files (if you have AdobeCC):
    Tip - Remove Creative Cloud Files from File Explorer Sidebar

    Removing Dropbox (it may put itself back, according to the thread):
    Solved: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navi... - Dropbox Community - 93970
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  6.    #6

    Thanks a lot Dave,
    I have go to work now but I will look through these tomorrow.
    Chris
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  7.    #7

    Where does the Show Libraries come from? It's not there when I right click Libraries.
    Chris
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  8. DjDave238's Avatar
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       #8

    Try right-clicking in the empty space below everything in the sidebar, not on an item. (See the "X" in the screenshot for approx. where to click)
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  9.    #9

    Ahh, it was not checked but show all folders was! Much neater without it!
    Chris
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       #10

    DjDave238 said: View Post
    If you want just the "This PC" menu, see also:

    Removing Quick Access:
    How to remove Quick access from File Explorer in Windows 10 | Windows Central
    Quick Access can be hidden with the creation of a single registry value. Much more elegant and easier to reverse:

    https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/r...ckaccess_v1607

    Keith
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