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Windows 7: Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane


Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove "Libraries" Folder from the Navigation Pane in Windows 7
Published by Brink
04 Nov 2009
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How to Add or Remove "Libraries" Folder from the Navigation Pane in Windows 7

information   Information
Libraries let you access and arrange items from one or more folders quickly without moving them from their original location. Libraries themselves don't store your files or folders. Instead, they point to different locations on a hard disk or external drive attached to your computer. This gives you easy access to a category of files no matter where they are stored. For instance, if you have music files on your hard disk and on an external drive, you can access all of your music files from within the "Music" library.


For more information about Windows 7 Libraries see: This will show you how to add or remove the Libraries folder and all Library folders in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7.

Note   Note
When Libraries is removed from the Navigation Pane, the pinned Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar will still open to the Libaries location by default unless you change the default open to target location for the pinned Windows Explorer taskbar icon.

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Tip   Tip
The default Libaries folders are located at the hidden locations below.

For all users
C:\Users\Public\Libraries

For current user only
C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

warning   Warning
  • You can only do this while logged into an administrator account.
  • This will affect all user account's on the computer.

EXAMPLE: Libraries in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the Libraries group added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane.
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Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit.exe in the search line, then press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In Regedit, go to the location below: (See screenshot below step 4)
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder
4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the ShellFolder key and click on Permissions. (See screenshot below)
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5. At the top, select the Administrators group. At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
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7. To Add All Libraries Back to the Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Type in b080010d and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 9.
8. To Remove All Libraries from the Navigation Pane
A) Type in b090010d and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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9. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed
Note   Note

To also add or remove Libraries from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well in 64-bit Windows 7, you will also need to do this step.

If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 installed, then skip this step since doing steps 1 to 7/8 will add or remove Libraries from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well.
A) In Regedit, go to the location below:

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder
B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8 above.
10. Close regedit.

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


Tip   Tip
If you removed Libraries, then you may also would like to use the tutorial below to have the user folders in the Start Menu to open to your C:\Users\(user-name) location instead of it's library folder location.

How to Make Windows 7 Start Menu User Folder Buttons Open to Users Instead of Libraries Location


That's it,
Shawn



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16 Nov 2009   #1
entropy1963

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
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Thanks for posting this, it works… I was looking for this information months...
Any idea how I can also remove the Homegroup, Computer & Network from the navigation pane?


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16 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Entropy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'll work on getting a tutorial for them tonight if possible, but since you want all of them off you could just turn off the Navigation Pane instead. (Organize (toolbar), Layout, uncheck Navigation Pane)
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16 Nov 2009   #3
entropy1963

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
remove Homegroup, Computer & Network

Hello and thank you for answering.

I need the navigation pane because I can add my own shortcuts (29 shortcuts currently) under favorites. However, I do not have a network in my house therefore I do not need homegroup and network in navigation pane. These items, along with computer shortcut, consume a lot of vertical space and by adding my own shortcuts under favorites I get a scroll bar, which I do not want to have. I can add a shortcut for my computer under favorites or for network if I wish so in the future.

Thanks again.
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16 Nov 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Ok. I'll see if I can't get a tutorial for them late tonight or sometime tommorrow for them. I'll post back when they're ready.
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17 Nov 2009   #5
brunosso

Windows 7
 
 

i have successful remove the libraries from the explorer but not in a "Open..." or "Save as..." dialog window...how i remove this?!

PS: In italian "Libraries" is "Raccolte"

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17 Nov 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Brunosso, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm afraid that I cannot find the location for these in the "Open" or "Save as.." type windows to remove them from. If I run accross them, I'll be sure to let you know.

Sorry,
Shawn
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17 Nov 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by entropy1963 View Post
Hello and thank you for answering.

I need the navigation pane because I can add my own shortcuts (29 shortcuts currently) under favorites. However, I do not have a network in my house therefore I do not need homegroup and network in navigation pane. These items, along with computer shortcut, consume a lot of vertical space and by adding my own shortcuts under favorites I get a scroll bar, which I do not want to have. I can add a shortcut for my computer under favorites or for network if I wish so in the future.

Thanks again.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ok. I'll see if I can't get a tutorial for them late tonight or sometime tommorrow for them. I'll post back when they're ready.
Entropy,

Here you go mate:

How to Add or Remove Homegroup from the Windows 7 Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove Computer from the Windows 7 Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove Network from the Windows 7 Navigation Pane
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18 Nov 2009   #8
entropy1963

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

Shawn you are my hero… thanks a million… not only you were accurate but your instructions were so clear that even a retarded could easily follow…

However, I have a question. To remove the computer from the navigation pane you need to create a key DWORD (32-bit) Value. I am running x64 bit Windows 7. Do I need to follow different instructions?

Thank you again.
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18 Nov 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're most welcome Entropy.

Yeah, you would still need to create the same DWORD (32-bit) value. It's the same in both the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 for that.
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