0

enter image description here

Hello, I'm customizing the Windows 10 interface and wanted to remove the circled parts in explorer windows.

I'm guessing that some can be removed via regedit keys.

What should I look for? thanks!

7
  • 1
    You can set Explorer to navigate to This PC instead of Quick Access: makeuseof.com/windows-folder-options-guide
    – Vinayak
    Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 21:03
  • The folders are generally used by people. Perhaps just clear Quick Access. That may help.
    – John
    Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 21:04
  • You can also get rid of Quick Access by creating a DWORD called HubMode and setting it to 1 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer: winhelponline.com/blog/…
    – Vinayak
    Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 21:10
  • @Vinayak that was already done indeed the window shown above is this pc, however I would like to remove entirely that folders and leave only devices and drives... not sure how remove the help area on top... Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 21:45
  • You will never be able to enforce any changes on other users profiles.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 21:47

3 Answers 3

1
  • The items circled in the Navigation Pane can be removed by unpinning them from Quick Access via their context menus:

    enter image description here

  • For a per-user solution that doesn't modify the default or customized Namespace, CLSID-named entries under the key:

    • <HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons>

    with a DWORD value of 1 will hide the corresponding folder:

This PowerShell should do the trick(untested, it's late!)

$NameSpaceKey = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace'
$HideIconsKey = 'HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons'

If (!(Test-Path $HideIconsKey)) {mkdir $HideIconsKey -Force}
$splat = @{
    'Path'  = $HideIconsKey
    'Name'  = ''
    'Value' = 1
}

(Get-ChildItem $NameSpaceKey).PSChildName -like "{*}" | ForEach-Object {
    $splat['Name'] = $_
    Set-ItemProperty @splat
}

enter image description here

7
  • hello what do you mean for you can unpin them from their context menu? also if I put that code inside a .reg file and I run it, it doesn't work. Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 6:41
  • That's because that isn't a .reg file, just a capture of PowerShell output to show sample name-value pairs... Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 9:40
  • Oh, I'm sad now... so I have to create a .reg code in order to be executed... oookay :D Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 9:54
  • Hold on...there's a better reg key for this particular purpose. HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons. It doesn't require admin privileges/elevated process to edit...will post code shortly... Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 10:17
  • I know how to edit a registry key and how to export, I was just lazy :P however having a complete code ready to copy pasta would be very useful... also because without comments It's a bit of mess understand what dword corresponds to what. I tried one of that dwords and putting it to 1 cleaned completely my screen ahah, leaving me only with networking and onedrive option. Ah also, maybe could be useful add in the answer that you need to log off or restart the machine to see the effect! Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 10:53
0

The solution I have found is located here

Since this method requires you to edit the registry, I listed the steps to secure your registry before you modify it.


Disclaimer: Editing the Windows Registry

Caution: Modifying the Windows Registry can cause system problems, data loss, or system instability. Proceed with extreme care and only if you have a deep understanding of the Registry. Create backups and document changes. If unsure, seek expert assistance. You will solely be liable for any issues resulting from registry edits.

To manually back up the Windows registry, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Start" button.

  2. In the search box, type "regedit.exe" and then press "Enter." If you are asked for an administrator password or confirmation, provide the necessary information.

  3. In the "Registry Editor," locate and click on the specific registry key or subkey that you want to back up.

  4. Next, select "File" from the menu, and then choose "Export."

  5. In the "Export Registry File" dialog box, specify the location where you want to save the backup copy. Additionally, enter a name for the backup file in the "File name" field.

  6. Click "Save" to complete the backup process.

To restore a manual backup of the registry, follow these steps:

  1. Click on "Start."

  2. In the search box, type "regedit.exe" and press "Enter." If prompted, provide the necessary administrator password or confirmation.

  3. In the "Registry Editor," click on "File" in the menu, and then select "Import."

  4. In the "Import Registry File" dialog box, choose the location where you saved the backup copy. Then, select the backup file you want to restore and click "Open."

These steps will help you backup and restore your Windows registry when needed.


To access the Windows Registry Editor and modify the required files, you can use the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key (Win) and the 'R' key simultaneously to open the "Run" dialog box.

  2. In the "Run" dialog, type "regedit" and press "Enter."

After opening the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:

*HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace*

In this section of the registry, you will find several keys with complex names. These keys are associated with the folders you see in the Windows Explorer. For instance, one of the keys is associated with the Desktop folder, and it looks like this: {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}.

To remove a specific folder from the Windows Explorer window, you can simply delete the corresponding registry key by following the information provided above.

1
  • Does that cover the material that cost me a point? Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 17:16
0

Here are the keys for specific folders in a script to hide them all:

; 3D Folders
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}]

; Desktop
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}]
"HideIfEnabled"=dword:022ab9b9

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

; Documents
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}]
"HideIfEnabled"=dword:022ab9b9

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

; Downloads
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}]
"HideIfEnabled"=dword:022ab9b9

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

; Music
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}]
"HideIfEnabled"=dword:022ab9b9

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

; Pictures
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}]
"HideIfEnabled"=dword:022ab9b9

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

; Videos
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}]
"HideIfEnabled"=dword:022ab9b9

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}]
"HiddenByDefault"=dword:00000001

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .