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    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    Published by Category: General Tips
    27 Dec 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Add or Remove Libraries in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10


    Libraries gather added folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place.

    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show Libraries in the navigation pane of File Explorer for only your account in Windows 10.

    If you turn on Show all folders in the navigation pane, Libraries will always show in the navigation pane.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Navigation Pane
    • Option Two: To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Options
    • Option Three: To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Ribbon
    • Option Four: To Hide or Show Libraries using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Libraries showing in navigation pane of File Explorer
    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10-libraries.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Navigation Pane


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the navigation pane on the left side, and do step 3 or step 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


     3. To Show Libraries in Navigation Pane

    A) Click/tap on Show libraries to check it.


     4. To Hide Libraries in Navigation Pane

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Show libraries to uncheck it.

    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10-file_explorer.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Options


    1 Open File Explorer Options.

    2 Click/tap on the View tab, and do step 3 or step 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


     3. To Show Libraries in Navigation Pane

    A) Check Show libraries, and click/tap on OK.


     4. To Hide Libraries in Navigation Pane

    This is the default setting

    A) Uncheck Show libraries, and click/tap on OK.

    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10-file_explorer_options_show_libraries.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Ribbon


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on the View tab, click/tap on the Navigation pane button in the ribbon, and do step 3 or step 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


     3. To Show Libraries in Navigation Pane

    A) Click/tap on Show libraries to check it.


     4. To Hide Libraries in Navigation Pane

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Show libraries to uncheck it.

    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10-show_libraries_ribbon.png






    OPTION FOUR

    To Hide or Show Libraries using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}

    System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD

    0 = Hide Libraries
    1 = Show Libraries


    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show Libraries in Navigation Pane

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Libraries_in_Navigation_Pane.reg

    Download


     3. To Hide Libraries in Navigation Pane

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Hide_Libraries_in_Navigation_Pane.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    8 If open, close and reopen File Explorer to apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 167
       #1

    How can we remove Libraries from the navigation pane when 'Show All Folders' is selected?
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  2. Posts : 62,303
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Only by turning off "Show all folders" to affect only your account.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7078-navigation-pane-show-all-folders-turn-off-windows-10-a.html

    Otherwise, you could use OPTION FOUR below to do so, but it'll affect all users.

    Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Jun 2015 at 07:05. Reason: addition
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  3. Posts : 167
       #3

    Got it. I found my old instructions on how to remove Libraries from the Win8 navigation pane when Show All Folders is ticked. So far they work in Win10 Tech Preview build 10130

    LIBRARIES
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

    TAKE CONTROL OF SHELLFOLDER
    Permissions
    Security Tab > Advanced
    System > Change
    Advanced > Find Now
    Select Karl > OK
    Replace Owner on Subitems > OK
    Administrators/Karl > Full Control > OK

    Attributes > Modify
    Add: b080010d
    Remove: b090010d
    Restart Explorer
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  4. Posts : 62,303
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    That would do so for all users instead of just your account.

    For your original Recycle Bin question, you can use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to add Recycle Bin to the navigation pane in Windows 10 without "Show all folders". :)

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7...dows-10-a.html
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Jun 2015 at 05:07. Reason: updated for your edited post
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  5. Posts : 167
       #5

    Ah, brilliant. Adding the Recycle Bin to 'not showing all folders' view means less registry editing for me.

    Would there be a way to stop folders from automatically being added to Quick Access?
    #I only really want to see Folders I pin to Quick Access, and the Recent Files I've used.
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  6. Posts : 62,303
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Sure, you could use the tutorial below to hide frequent folders in Quick access, and still have the pinned folders show. :)

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  7. Posts : 516
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       #7

    Just a quick note,

    Libraries activation box has been moved in 10240.
    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10-folder-options2015-07-20_20-41-34.png
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  8. Posts : 62,303
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thank you.

    Interesting. I wonder why Microsoft removed the setting from there. Tutorial updated. :)
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Jul 2015 at 22:45. Reason: typo
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  9. Posts : 516
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       #9

    You're more than welcome
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