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Windows 7: Control Panel - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane


Control Panel - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove Control Panel from Navigation Pane in Windows 7
Published by Brink
16 Dec 2009
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How to Add or Remove Control Panel from Navigation Pane in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove Control Panel in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7.

warning   Warning
  • You can only do this tutorial while logged into an administrator account.
  • This will affect all user accounts on the computer.
  • This will also add or remove the default Control Panel desktop icon as well.

EXAMPLE: Control Panel in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the Control Panel added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane when you have the Show all folders option checked or not checked.
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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\{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\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. Do either step 7 or 8 to add or remove your user profile folder from the navigation pane.

7. To Add Control Panel to the Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes, click on Modify, type in a0000004 and click on OK. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: This is to have the Control Panel display under Desktop when you have Show all folders checked.
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B) In the right pane of ShellFolder, right click on a empty space, click on New and String Value, copy and paste the name below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is to have Control Panel display as a separate group in the navigation pane when you do not have Show all folders checked.
PinToNameSpaceTree

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C) Go to step 9.
8. To Remove Control Panel from the Navigation Pane
A) In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes, click on Modify, type in a0900004 and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is to not have the Control Panel display under Desktop when you have Show all folders checked.
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B) In the right pane of ShellFolder, right click on PinToNameSpaceTree (if there), and click on Delete. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is to not have the Control Panel display as a separate group in the navigation pane when you do not have Show all folders checked.
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C) Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (see screenshot below)
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D) Continue on to step 9.
9. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed

Note   Note
To also add or remove Control Panel 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 Control Panel 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\{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\ShellFolder
B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8 above.
10. Close regedit.

11. Restart the computer to fully apply.
That's it,
Shawn











16 Dec 2009   #1
claytoncarney

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
 
 

Fantastic, thank you sir! I found that CLSID, but had no clue what attribute value to use. This once was a Folder Options -> View setting.


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16 Dec 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're wecome Clayton.
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13 Jan 2011   #3
Qibbler

Windows 7 PRO x64
 
 

Found this tutorial just now. Another way in Windows 7 x64 at least:-
Open Start > Control Panel > Personalization. If Menus not showing, hit Alt key.
On Tools menu, click Folder Options. In the General Tab 'Navigation pane' section, untick "Show all folders". Click OK. To change back, tick "Show all folders". No scary regedit.

Navigation Pane - Show All Folders
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24 May 2011   #4
coucou

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hello,

I've tested this tweak today. it's half working for me

Control panel is hiden but All Control Panel Items is NOT (see here bellow image)

Regards


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24 May 2011   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Coucou, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you add "All Control Panel Items" and the items under it in that group to your "Computer" window using some other method previously? I do not have those there by default, but only the normal Control Panel that is removed using the tutorial.

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24 May 2011   #6
coucou

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

TNX Brink for replying,

I did NOT add "All Control Panel Items" and the items under it to my "Computer".

Here how it looks like after applying Remove Control Panel

Regards


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24 May 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Just out of curiosity, what does your Computer window look like?

Did you install any all-in-one type tweaking program that may have had an option to add these items?

Just trying to determine how they got there for you.

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24 May 2011   #8
coucou

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

In fact, during my unattended installation I'm launching my here bellow tweeks registery. I checked for control panel into it... nada
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24 May 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, that's what it was. The entry below in your REG file is what added it. The CLSID key {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} in it is for the "All Control Panel Items". The MyComputer key indicates the CLSID being placed in the Computer window.

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
The REG file below will remove it for you.


Attached Files
File Type: reg Remove_MyComputer_All_Control_Panel_Items.reg (172 Bytes, 1648 views)
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