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Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer

How to Show Drive Letters Before or After Drive Name in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
31 Jan 2009
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How to Show Drive Letters Before or After Drive Name in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8


information   Information
This will show you how to have drive letters in the Computer or This PC show before or after the drive name in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Drive Letters Before and After Drive Name in Computer
Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer-computer-modified.jpg

Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer-computer_default.jpg




OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Show all Drive Letters After the Drive Name for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
NOTE: This is the default setting. This will override steps 2 and 3.
Show_Drive_Letters_After_All_Users.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
2. To Show all Drive Letters Before the Drive Name for All Users
NOTE: This will override steps 1 and 3.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Show_Drive_Letters_Before_All_Users.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
3. Show all Drive Letters Before Drive Name for Only Current User (you)
NOTE: This step will be overridden by step 1 or 2 above.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Show_Drive_Letters_Before_Current_User.reg
download
4. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes in the UAC prompt.

3. For Only Current User (you)
A) In regedit, navigate to the locations below.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
B) Do either step 5 or 6 for what you wanted to do.
4. For All Users on the Computer
A) In regedit, navigate to the locations below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer-reg1.jpg
B) Do either step 5 or 6 for what you wanted to do.
5. To Show the Drive Letters Before the Drive Name
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (see screenshot above)

B) Type ShowDriveLettersFirst and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer-reg2.jpg
C) Right click on the ShowDriveLettersFirst and click on Modify. (see Screenshot above)

D) Type the number below for what you want, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)



Note   Note
  • 1 = Drive letters displayed first for remote drives only.
  • 4 = Drive letters displayed first for all drives.
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E) The registry will now look like this. (see screenshot below)
Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer-reg3.jpg
F) This step depends on if you did step 3 or step 4 above.
  • If you did step 3, then be sure to also do step 6 at the step 4 location.
  • If you did step 4, then be sure to also do step 6 at the step 3 location.
G) Go to step 7.
6. To Show all Drive Letters After the Drive Name
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Right click on the ShowDriveLettersFirst (if available) and click on Delete. (see screenshot above)

B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (see screenshot below)
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C) This step depends on if you did step 3 or step 4 above.
  • If you did step 3, then be sure to also do this at the step 4 location.
7. Close Regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn





01 Feb 2009   #1
bmb

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks


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01 Feb 2009   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn and Ushatl.
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01 Feb 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome guys.
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15 Nov 2009   #4
green98ls

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Very cool thanks

How do you guys figure these registry tweaks out?
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15 Nov 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Green.

I just do a lot of digging around in the registry and in Windows 7, then I just get lucky sometimes.
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05 Apr 2011   #6
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

well written brink its cool to have the drive letter first in my opinion
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05 Apr 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Brian.
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05 Apr 2011   #8
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The manual steps are missing this part:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShowDriveLettersFirst"=-

When I tried the manual steps it didn't work, the .reg did. Difference is the above missing from the manual steps.

I like it though, thanks for another great tip Shawn.
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05 Apr 2011   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I did the manual method and it worked perfectly for Windows Explorer, but I wish it did the same in Disk Management and the file manager that I prefer to use, they are the same as before.
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