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How to Hide or Show Drive Letters in Windows 10

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A drive letter is a single alphabetic character A through Z that has been assigned to a physical drive or drive partition in the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show drive letters in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Hide or Show Drive Letters using Folder Options
  • Option Two: To Hide or Show Drive Letters using a BAT file


EXAMPLE: Drive Letters in This PC
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Hide or Show Drive Letters in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Hide or Show Drive Letters in Windows 10
To Hide or Show Drive Letters using Folder Options

1. Open Folder Options.

2. Click/tap on the View tab, check (default) or uncheck Show drive letters in "Advanced settings" for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Hide or Show Drive Letters in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Hide or Show Drive Letters in Windows 10
To Hide or Show Drive Letters using a BAT file

Note   Note
The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

ShowDriveLettersFirst DWORD

0 = Show drive letters
2 = Hide drive letters


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


 2. To Hide Drive Letters

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

Hide_drive_letters.bat

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 3. To Show Drive Letters

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.

Show_drive_letters.bat

download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Run the .bat file.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

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



That's it,
Shawn