I never use any of the default Windwos folders and these just get in the way:

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Is there any way that I can remove them from the Windows File Explorer? The icons, I mean


You can unpin Quick Access icons by pressing pin icon on the right of them.

Additionally, you can to Folder properties > General tab > Privacy section > uncheck 'Show recently used files in Quick Access' and 'Show frequently used folders in Quick Access'.

To remove 'This PC' icon from the Navigation pane you need to do registry modifications: please follow this guide.

To remove Dropbox icon you again need to do registry modifications (if you don't what to uninstall Dropbox app itself):

  • run cmd as administrator
  • type the follow 2 commands:

    REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder" /V Attributes /T REG_DWORD /D 4035969101 /F

    REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Classes\WOW6432Node\CLSID{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder" /V Attributes /T REG_DWORD /D 4035969101 /F

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