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User Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove your User Folder from Navigation Pane in Windows 7
Published by Brink
20 Dec 2009
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How to Add or Remove your User Folder from Navigation Pane in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove your user name User Profile Folder (C:\Users\(user-name)) 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 User's Files desktop icon as well.

EXAMPLE: User Folder in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is your default navigation pane with User Folder added by default when you have the Show all folders option checked and unchecked.
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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\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\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 your User Folder 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 f084012d, and click on OK. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: This is to have your user profile folder 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: If you like, this is to have your user profile folder 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 your User Folder from the Navigation Pane
A) In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes, click on Modify, type f094012d, and click on OK. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: This is to not have your user profile folder 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)
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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 your User Folder from the File -> "Open" and File -> "Save as" type dialog windows as well in 64-bit Windows 7, you will also need to do this step. This does not include the "Browse", "Copy to folder", or "Move to folder" type dialog windows though.

If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 installed, then skip this step since doing steps 1 to 7/8 will add or remove your User Folder 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\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\ShellFolder
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B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8 above for this registry location.
10. Close regedit.

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







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25 Dec 2009   #1
roehrle

 

I have a new computer (HP Compaq Presario )with Win 7 Home Premium. I tried using your directions to eliminate users group and your directions are different than mine and didn't work. Could it be you don't have the latest version of Win 7 ?? I saw in another post that you can just use a (-) in front of the instruction and that way if you want to reverse the change you just remove the (-) sign. This seems to be a lot easier and safer.

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25 Dec 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bob,

Double check to make sure that you have followed each step exactly, and restarted the computer afterwards in case you may have made a mistake at some point. This only removes the User Folder group from the Navigation Pane and Desktop though. The - sign would not work for this.
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02 Feb 2010   #3
fakts

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Brink,

A question regarding Add/Remove navigation pane items..

Is it possible to have them all in a reg file including the "permissions" part? so it can be done on many computers easily.

Thanks
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02 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fakts,

Sorry, but not with a REG file. The permissions have to be handled by the user themselves instead.
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13 May 2010   #5
stampler

windows7
 
 

THANK YOU very much my friends!!

Hide the Homegroup
Hide the Libraries
Hide the Network item
Hide the User

Should be in a simple settings window with easy access...

this is one the little reasons i hate windows .

COME ON MS give more options to the users. registry is a pain

every time i build my system i need 2 days to config the registry for some very simple little things. OMG OMG!
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07 Oct 2010   #6
SoWhy

Win7 Pro x64 / WinXP x32
 
 

Hi there,

sorry for digging out an old thread but I tried the method described in the first post and changed everything accordingly but the user folder still shows in my explorer. I checked the registry and the value is set correctly to "f094012d".

Btw, at step 9, I think the correct key is
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\ShellFolder
I cannot find one at
Code:
HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\ShellFolder
TIA
SoWhy
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07 Oct 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello SoWhy,

The tutorial has the correct keys in it below. Did you restart the computer afterwards to apply the changes?

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\ShellFolder

and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\ShellFolder

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 Oct 2010   #8
SoWhy

Win7 Pro x64 / WinXP x32
 
 

Hi Shawn,

thanks for the reply. It didn't work after changing those values, even after restarting. I did a little searching and found another similar value at
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\ShellFolder
After changing that one as well, it worked.

But in my registry there is no key
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes
but a
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node
so I still think that's incorrect or at least not correct for all versions of Windows 7.

Regards
SoWhy
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07 Oct 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I have both locations, but I added a screenshot in the tutorial to show I'm not crazy though. LOL
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