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    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    19 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


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


    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.

    To use Google Drive on your PC, you must first download and install: Backup and Sync from Google

    If you have Backup and Sync from Google installed for Google Drive, this tutorial will show you how to add or remove Google Drive from the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

    If you would like to have more than one Google Drive added to your navigation pane in File Explorer, then please post a request along with the full path of the Google Drive folder you want added. If you moved your user profile folder from the default "C:\Users" location or installed Google Drive to another location than the default "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive" location, please also include the new location.



    Contents

    • Option One: Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a BAT file
    • Option Two: Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Google Drive in navigation pane of File Explorer
    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10-google_drive_in_navigation_pane.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a BAT file


    Special thanks to Rob for providing the .bat file here for this option.


    1 Download the Add_Google_Drive_to_Navigation_Pane.bat file below to your desktop.
    2 Unblock the downloaded .bat file.

    3 Run the downloaded .bat file.

    4 Type the letter for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10-add_google_drive_to_navigation_pane.png

    5 If you type A or R, the explorer process will automatically restart, and File Explorer will open showing your change.

    6 If you type X, then the .bat file command dialog will close.






    OPTION TWO

    Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a REG file


    1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add Google Drive to Navigation Pane

    If you moved your user profile folder from the default "C:\Users" location or installed Google Drive to another location than the default "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive" location, please post a reply with your location instead. I'll need to create a custom .reg for you with your location for this to work. Reference.


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

    Add_Google_Drive_to_navigation_pane.reg

    Download


     3. To Remove Google Drive from 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.

    Remove_Google_Drive_from_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, OK (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 If the change doesn't get applied immediately, then you can restart the explorer process to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 3
    Win10
       #1

    I changed the default location of Drive to "D:\BD Google Drive" hoping I could install multiple Drive instances, which I don't guess is possible. Would I still use the same reg in Win10 64-bit, or do I have to edit the "TargetFolderPath"? You have it in hex, I've tried converting buy it doesn't look anything like your fomat (I'm not a programmer...) Any help!!
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Hello Hockeyfreak, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Yeah, after you merge the .reg file, you'll need to manually edit the registry keys in Registry Editor for the new path.
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  3. Posts : 3
    Win10
       #3

    Awesome! Thanks, I'll figure out how. Shouldn't be hard. Then just save and reboot, I should be good?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    You'll only need to correct the paths. No need to reboot.

    If you need any help, please feel free to let me know. :)
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  5. Posts : 3
    Win10
       #5

    SWEET!! Worked like a charm. I'm trying to thank you again, but can't until I spread it around. I'll be here more often. 10 is better than 7 in my opinion, but there are so many things I need to tweak.

    Thanks so much.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #6

    You're most welcome. I'm glad to hear you got it sorted. :)
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  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
       #7

    Excellent
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  8. Kbird's Avatar
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    Win10 202H
       #8

    Hi Brink , Thanks....

    I had the same issue as HockeyFreak , as my Google Drive is using F:\Google Drive , since I didn't want it on my small OS SSD.

    Just thought this might help someone else to change their's too if needed. Changing the Target Folder in the registry to F:\Google Drive immediately got it to Show in the Explorer RH Pane (no reboot) instead of throwing the Error message.

    The registry Key you need to change:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{81539FE6-33C7-4CE7-90C7-1C7B8F2F2D41}\Instance\InitPropertyBag

    and a pic of mine.... right click on TargetFolderPath >modify ..... and change the Value Data to your Google Drive location.

    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10-2016_08_19_04_47_162.png


    *** edit: added 64bit Windows Fix.

    For those using 64 Bit Windows you also need to modify the following Registry Entry too :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\WOW6432Node\CLSID\{81539FE6-33C7-4CE7-90C7-1C7B8F2F2D41}\Instance\InitPropertyBag


    KB
    Last edited by Kbird; 18 May 2017 at 11:15.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       #9

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