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    Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10

    Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10

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

    information   Information
    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.


    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
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    Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Navigation Pane

    1. Open File Explorer.

    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

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

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    Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10
    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

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

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    Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Libraries in File Explorer Ribbon

    1. Open File Explorer.

    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

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

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    Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Libraries in Navigation Pane - Hide or Show in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Libraries using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will change the registry key and value 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

    NOTE: 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. If 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


  1.    2015-06-22 #1

    How can we remove Libraries from the navigation pane when 'Show All Folders' is selected?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-22 #2

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

    Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    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; 2015-06-23 at 07:05. Reason: addition
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  3.    2015-06-22 #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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,383
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-22 #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".

    Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10
    Last edited by Brink; 2015-06-23 at 05:07. Reason: updated for your edited post
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  5.    2015-06-22 #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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,383
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-22 #6

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

    Quick access - Add or Remove Frequent folders Windows 10
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    In a trailer down by the river
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 14393.447 and going
       2015-07-20 #7

    Just a quick note,

    Libraries activation box has been moved in 10240.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,383
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-07-20 #8

    Thank you.

    Interesting. I wonder why Microsoft removed the setting from there. Tutorial updated.
    Last edited by Brink; 2015-07-20 at 22:45. Reason: typo
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    In a trailer down by the river
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 14393.447 and going
       2015-07-20 #9

    You're more than welcome
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