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Windows 7: Can I hide "Owner" folder in Windows Explorer?


28 Dec 2012   #1

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 
Can I hide "Owner" folder in Windows Explorer?

I am trying to simplify Navigation "pain" in Windows 7 Windows Explorer.
Can "DeskTop | Owner" be hidden in Windows Explorer ?
I dont use Libraries, so if I can get to just listing "Desktop > (C Local Disc" ... I will be a very happy camper.
I am trying to setup a new PC for a disabled user.
Trying for as simple as XP.

Thank you

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28 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

why do u want to do so??
can u explain more?
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28 Dec 2012   #3

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

Thank you "mmkarimi" for such a prompt reply
My wife is physically disabled.
I am trying to minimize the risk of "stuff" being lost.
She is very used to using C:\Diana as her folder
Also makes backing up to an external hard drive very simple.
She freaked when she saw the native Windows 7 Navigation pane, her minor motor mobility is somewhat challenged.

I have installed Explorer++ on her laptop -- it lists Owner at the bottom of the Navigation pane
but common dialogs still show "Owner" folder at the top of the nav-pane. (I think)

Hope this all makes sence.
(I have just closed down her new Windows 7 laptop (i am in the process of setting up for her requirements.)
(This reply is being made via WinXP on another PC)

Thanks again
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28 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

about being worry of loosing data, you may use deepfreez software which will freeze your windows and restore it after each restart, so she can make change only to the folder she has permissions to. it can be a big help for you.
about hiding the owner folder, i just missed. what do you mean

http://deep-freeze.en.malavida.com/


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29 Dec 2012   #5

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 
Virtual "Owner" drive on "Desktop" in Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer in Windows 7
- single user PC -- no network
I want to hide the virtual "Owner" drive/folder on Desktop... NOT .. the "C:\Users\Owner" folder

Contents of the virtual Desktop\Owner folder are identical to "C:\Users\Owner"
I dont want to go thru the side gate, around the island, over the back fence, thru the back door just to get to the front-door

I run several script files to run my own EXE files and shortcuts in "Startup"
So if "Desktop\Owner" is hidden and that also hides "C:\Users\Owner\", I can live with that
(I rarely need to access "Startup" only to tweak admin scripts and shortcuts-to-exe-files)

I would like to get all the duplicated junk out of the navigation pane and hopefully be left with just "C:\"
I have already hidden "Libraries" ... so I am part way there.
And by using "Explorer++" in place of "Windows Explorer" dialog I am almost there.
(Explorer++ moves the junk to the bottom of its navigation pane)
But common docs are saved thru MS "Commmon dlg" -- with all the navigation-pane junk at the top

"C:\" is the heart of all simple PCs, I cannot see the point in creating complexity.

I can hide "C:\Users\Owner\" via attributes but that does not hide the virtual version "Desktop\Owner".
and there is no "Properties" on context menu for Desktop\Owner (virtual drive)

I do not want to complicate using this one-user PC with "Deep Freeze", but thank you for the tip.

Would appreciate anyones help, thank you.
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29 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not entirely sure what this "Owner" folder is, but if I guessed right have you tried doing the following?:
1. Open Control Panel
2. Open Display
3. Click "Personalization" near bottom-left of the window
4. Click "Change desktop icons" near top-left of the window
5. Uncheck "User's Files"

If I guessed wrong, I'm really sorry. Could you post a screenshot of the folder and navigation pane area in question so we can get a solid idea on the subject?
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30 Dec 2012   #7

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

Thank you "King Arthur" for your response.
My problem PC is Win_7 "Home" (OEM) -- preloaded Toshiba laptop.

I want to hide the generic "Owner" on "Windows Explorer" (red outlined on this screen shot --Fig[1]).
Not the "User's files" icon on the Desktop
Name:  1_WinExp Desk-owner.jpg
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There are several items I want to remove from the Windows 7-WinExp navigation-panel.

My workaround for WinExp is to use "Explorer++" which is (after my tweaks) a perfect nav-panel layout (red hilite)
- note "Owner" is at the bottom of the nav-panel (green hilite)
Name:  2_Exp++ dlg.jpg
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In Windows 7 native WinExp window "Owner" is near the top of the nav-panel tree,
- and that "Owner" cannot be "locked" because there is no "Properties" item when "Owner" is selected.
- (in WinXP "MyDocuments" (Windows 7 equivalent for "Libraries") MyDocs can be sort-of crippled but not hidden
- (via MyDocuments > Properties "Hidden" attribute

My problem (for another thread) is that when saving a new doc "SaveAs" dialog defaults to "Libraries | Documents"
- but I have hidden "Libraries" -- Fig [3]
Name:  3_SaveAs.jpg
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My guess is that WinExp is the mother ship for "SaveAs" dialog, and maybe hiding (or relocating) "Owner" on WinExp
might contribute to resolving "SaveAs" dialog's schizophrenic behavior.


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30 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I took a careful look on my own Windows 7 installation and I couldn't find an "Owner" folder anywhere in the locations you described; I don't ever recall (to the best my memories can muster) seeing the folder on any installation of Windows 7 I've used/come across either, so I don't know what's up over there.

Could it be possible this "Owner" folder (and the Libraries thing) is something specific to WinExp and Explorer++? From what I could gather in your posts, they are both some sort of Explorer shell replacement/augmentation, correct?
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31 Dec 2012   #9

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The folder named "Owner" in the OP's screenshots is a virtual representation of the OP's user's file folder.

If you are logged on as "Owner" then you should see this folder below "Desktop" - below Libraries - in the native Windows (file) Explorer [which the OP is calling WinExp]. Installing Explorer++ just moves that folder to the bottom (as shown in the OP's screenshot).

I do not know of a way to get rid of that folder in Explorer++; you might ask the developers for that option.
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31 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mmkarimi View Post
about being worry of loosing data, you may use deepfreez software which will freeze your windows and restore it after each restart, so she can make change only to the folder she has permissions to. it can be a big help for you.
about hiding the owner folder, i just missed. what do you mean

Download Deep Freeze free
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
The folder named "Owner" in the OP's screenshots is a virtual representation of the OP's user's file folder.

If you are logged on as "Owner" then you should see this folder below "Desktop" - below Libraries - in the native Windows (file) Explorer [which the OP is calling WinExp]. Installing Explorer++ just moves that folder to the bottom (as shown in the OP's screenshot).

I do not know of a way to get rid of that folder in Explorer++; you might ask the developers for that option.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
Thank you "King Arthur" for your response.
My problem PC is Win_7 "Home" (OEM) -- preloaded Toshiba laptop.

I want to hide the generic "Owner" on "Windows Explorer" (red outlined on this screen shot --Fig[1]).
Not the "User's files" icon on the Desktop
Attachment 247918

There are several items I want to remove from the Windows 7-WinExp navigation-panel.

My workaround for WinExp is to use "Explorer++" which is (after my tweaks) a perfect nav-panel layout (red hilite)
- note "Owner" is at the bottom of the nav-panel (green hilite)
Attachment 247920

In Windows 7 native WinExp window "Owner" is near the top of the nav-panel tree,
- and that "Owner" cannot be "locked" because there is no "Properties" item when "Owner" is selected.
- (in WinXP "MyDocuments" (Windows 7 equivalent for "Libraries") MyDocs can be sort-of crippled but not hidden
- (via MyDocuments > Properties "Hidden" attribute

My problem (for another thread) is that when saving a new doc "SaveAs" dialog defaults to "Libraries | Documents"
- but I have hidden "Libraries" -- Fig [3]
Attachment 247921

My guess is that WinExp is the mother ship for "SaveAs" dialog, and maybe hiding (or relocating) "Owner" on WinExp
might contribute to resolving "SaveAs" dialog's schizophrenic behavior.
let me describe it this way, Owner is your user ID as UsernameIssues said, like i have MMK in my computer, it contains some predefined folder in your windows architecture. you can not hide it as it exists. the explorer, show you the folders that exist in a place.you should deal with that.

for the next threat, the library is inside the user folder as "Owner" in your PC or "MMK" in mine. you can find those in Owner-->My document or simply go to Start-->Documents



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