Is it possible to remove the locations/views from Windows Explorer in the folder pane on the left? Example: Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, etc.
I'd like to be able to choose which categories I see here.
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There is no way to change these in Windows 7 directly.
However this LifeHacker article mentions an application called FindeXer that does allow customizing the side bar and is compatible with Vista. I am not sure if it will work on Windows 7 thought.
Often it will be a per item process to add/remove items from the Windows Explorer navigation pane. Here are some links from superuser or other sites for some of the more commonly removed items:
1 & 2 are sufficient for me, as those are the most annoying in terms of not using them and taking up so much space. =)
[Feel free to edit above and add any other methods/items. Also, the accepted answer might have been true previously, but not any longer. Note that the above do require either fiddling with services or the registry.]