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

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

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

    information   Information
    You can use the navigation pane (the left pane) in File Explorer to find files and folders on your PC.

    If you like, you can select to show all the folders on your PC in the navigation pane, including your personal folder, Control Panel, and Recycle Bin.

    This tutorial will show you different options for how to turn on or off show all folders in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' from Navigation Pane
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' from File Explorer Ribbon
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' from File Explorer Options
    • Option Four: To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' using a BAT file


    EXAMPLE: 'Show all folder' On and Off in navigation pane
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    Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' from Navigation Pane

    1. Open File Explorer.

    2. Right click or press and hold on an empty area inside the navigation pane, and click/tap on Show all folders to toggle it on (checked) or off (unchecked - default). (see screenshot below)

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    Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' from File Explorer Ribbon

    1. Open File Explorer, and click/tap on the View tab.

    2. Click/tap on the Navigation pane button in the ribbon, and click/tap on Show all folders to toggle it on (checked) or off (unchecked - default). (see screenshot below)

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    Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' from File Explorer Options

    1. Open File Explorer Options.

    2. In the View tab under the Navigation pane section, check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Show all folders for what you want set, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Navigation Pane 'Show all folders' - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off 'Show all folders' using a BAT file

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below are for changing the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    NavPaneShowAllFolders DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


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


     2. To Turn Off 'Show all folders' in Navigation Pane

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

    Turn_Off_Show-all-folders_in_Navigation_Pane.bat

    download


     3. To Turn On 'Show all folders' in Navigation Pane

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

    Turn_On_Show-all-folders_in_Navigation_Pane.bat

    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run the .bat file.

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run to approve.
    NOTE: If you like, you can unblock the .bat file to stop getting the Run prompt.

    6. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : May 2016
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    windows 10 x64
       2016-05-26 #1

    Good quick tip , thank you Brink.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-05-26 #2

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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 8
    windows 10 enterprise 32 bit
       2016-06-13 #3

    hi.
    i just want it not to show the user folder.
    can it be done? i want all the other folders though, i just dont need the user and it's really annoying and useless!!!!
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,522
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-06-13 #4

    Hello pinklotus,

    Not that I'm aware of when you have "Show all folders" checked.

    If you like, look under N in the tutorial index for the "Navigation Pane add/remove" tutorials. You could uncheck "Show all folders", and manually add the folders you wanted instead.
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