Windows 10: Hide or Show User Profile's Personal Folders in Navigation Pane Solved


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit
       1 Week Ago #1

    Hide or Show User Profile's Personal Folders in Navigation Pane


    Thank you in advance to everyone for your help and time. Hopefully this write-up is succinct.
    I believe there has to be additional registry modifications to solve this issue.
    TechGuy737

    Problem:
    In the Navigation Pane, specifically regarding the Current User folder tree, a Personal Folder (i.e. 3D Objects, Contacts, Desktop, etc... ) continues to show even after making active the Hidden property for that Personal Folder.

    Expected Results:
    Any Personal Folder that is marked "Hidden" in the File/Folder Listings Area should also be hidden in the Navigation Pane specifically within the Current User folder tree.

    Steps to recreate the issue: (the following steps assume that the option is deactivated to see hidden folders.)
    1. Open File Explorer
    2. Within Navigation Pane, Right-click over any blank area
    3. Select menu-option "Show All Folders"
    4. Select and Expand the Current User folder tree which is listed as a child object to the "Desktop" folder
    5. Within the File/Folder Listings Area, Right-click on a Personal Folder
    6. Select menu-option "Properties"
    7. Within the new Dialogue window, Select the "General" tab, Select to Activate the Attribute "Hidden", Select the "OK" button
    8. Close File Explorer and then Open File Explorer
    9. Select the Current User folder in the Navigation Pane
    10. Notice the recently-hidden folder is still showing in the Navigation Pane even though it is hidden in the File/Folder Listings Area.


    System Specs:
    • Edition: Windows 10 Home 64bit
    • Version: 1709
    • OS Build: 16299.371
    • Hard Drives: 2 (SSD & Mechanical)
    • C:\ = SSD
    • D:\ = Mechanical


    Current Modifications of System:
    • The %UserProfile% system folder was successfully transferred to D:\ by using Sysprep during Windows Setup. This is the only system folder moved to another drive.


    Current Modifications of File Explorer in Navigation Pane: (using Regedit)
    • Hidden = Quick Access
    • Hidden = Libraries
    • Hidden = OneDrive
    • Hidden = Homegroup
    • Hidden = This PC user personal folders


    Current Modifications of File Explorer in Folder/File Listing Area:
    • Each unwanted Personal Folder was changed to "Hidden" by Right-clicking the folder and Checking the Attribute checkbox marked "Hidden".


    3rd-Party Software Installed:

    • Classic Shell
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • IObit Driver Booster
    • Macrium Reflect
    Last edited by TechGuy737; 1 Week Ago at 23:58. Reason: Additional Information
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 28,536
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17650
       1 Week Ago #2

    Hello TechGuy737, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help.

    Add or Remove User Folder from Navigation Pane in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #3

    Hello Brink and thank you. This website is a very helpful resource.

    Your suggested answer will hide the User Profile folder in the Navigation Pane.

    Instead, this scenario involves not hiding the User Profile folder but hiding specific Personal Folders in the Navigation Pane that are marked "Hidden" in the Files/Folders Listing Area.

    My suspicion is that there are more "PinToNamespace" registry entries for me to toggle the DWORD value.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #4

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	File Explorer - Navigation Pane - User Profile Personal Folders - Default Settings.PNG 
Views:	1 
Size:	51.6 KB 
ID:	184461

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	File Explorer - Navigation Pane - User Profile Personal Folders - Property Hidden.PNG 
Views:	1 
Size:	53.0 KB 
ID:	184462

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	File Explorer - Navigation Pane - User Profile Personal Folders - Hidden in Listing Area Only.PNG 
Views:	1 
Size:	44.5 KB 
ID:	184463
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 28,536
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17650
       1 Week Ago #5

    Option Two may be a good workaround for this if you like. It will also remove them from "This PC", but you could pin any you still want to "Quick Access".

    Add or Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #6

    Thank you Brink! I was looking for those Registry modifications. They were the solution!

    The solution was incomplete. I still need the appropriate Registry Keys for the following folders:
    Contacts
    Favorites
    Links
    Saved Games
    Searches

    If I knew how to discover the appropriate Key that matches each of these folders then I could make my own REG files.

    Also, the tutorial you pointed at only appeared to be about This PC so I didn't pay much attention to it when searching on the User Profile folder. It may be helpful for future searches if you created another Tutorial post that talks specifically about the User Profile folder modifications with similar-named REG files.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 28,536
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17650
       1 Week Ago #7

      My ComputersSystem Spec


  • Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #8

    I know you are super busy so I did some detective work in the Registry and found the following areas for the five remaining folders I mentioned: Contacts, Favorites, Links, Saved Games, Searches

    I've already made my changes and found them to be successful. Here is the Registry code. Please verify when possible.

    Thanks,
    TechGuy737

    Code:
    ; Contacts
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{56784854-C6CB-462B-8169-88E350ACB882}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
    
    
    
    ; Favorites
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{1777F761-68AD-4D8A-87BD-30B759FA33DD}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7CFBEFBC-DE1F-45AA-B843-A542AC536CC9}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
    
    
    
    ; Links
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{bfb9d5e0-c6a9-404c-b2b2-ae6db6af4968}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
    
    
    
    ; Saved Games
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{4C5C32FF-BB9D-43b0-B5B4-2D72E54EAAA4}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
    
    
    
    ; Searches
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7d1d3a04-debb-4115-95cf-2f29da2920da}\PropertyBag]
    "ThisPCPolicy"="Hide"
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  • Posts : 28,536
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17650
       1 Week Ago #9
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  •  

    Related Threads
    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...
    How to Hide or Show a Library in Navigation Pane in Windows 10 Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can add or remove folders and drives to be included in a library as you like....
    Hi, I read the tutorial about Libraries, which doesn't cover my question. I do not use the Documents, Music, Pictures, or Videos folders and I 'd like to get them off the navigation pane, is there a way to do that?
    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...
    You can use the navigation pane in File Explorer to browse locations such as Quick access, OneDrive, Libraries, This PC, Network, and Homegroup. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane. This tutorial will...

    Tags for this Thread

    Our Sites
    Site Links
    About Us
    Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

    Designer Media Ltd
    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:49.
    Find Us