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    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

    How to Add or Remove Favorites from Navigation Pane in Windows 7
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    How to Add or Remove Favorites from Navigation Pane in Windows 7


       Information
    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Favorites folder in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7.

       Tip
    The default folder for Favorites is the Links folder located at the location below.

    C:\Users\(user-name)\Links


       Warning

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

    EXAMPLE: Favorites in Navigation Pane
    NOTE: This is the Favorites group added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane.
    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-default.jpg

    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-removed.jpg
    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\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder
    4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the ShellFolder key and click on Permissions. (See screenshot below)
    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step1.jpg
    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)
    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step2.jpg
    6. In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step3.jpg
    7. To Add Favorites to the Navigation Pane
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Type in a0900100 and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step4.jpg
    B) Go to step 9.
    8. To Remove Favorites from the Navigation Pane
    A) Type in a9400100 and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step5.jpg
    9. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed
       Note
    CREDIT TO: Kookster for this addition.

    To also add or remove Favorites 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 Favorites 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\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder
    B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8 above.
    10. Close regedit.

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






  1. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #1

    Thanks Shawn. I failed to find any info on how to remove it before. :)
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  2. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    You're welcome Aaron. :)
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  3. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #3

    Remove Personal Folder


    Do you have a registry entry to remove the personal folder from the navigation pane? i.e. the one with your name containing the basics, My Music, My Videos, etc.

    Thanks,
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  4. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Vijer,

    I'll look into a way for you and post back if I find one. For now, you can uncheck the Show all folders option when you right click on a empty space in the navigation pane to remove it. :)
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  5. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
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       #5
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  6. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #6

    Thanks


    Thanks for doing that so quickly.

    Too bad all of these hacks are not part of the Personalization settings on the Control Panel. I can never figure out why Microsoft makes it so users can hack the settings but doesn't make it part of the UI. It would go a long way towards making the user community a lot happier with the Microsoft OS's.
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  7. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    You're welcome Vijer. Yeah, that would be nice to have a GUI for every setting possible. :)
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  8. Posts : 2,651
    W7 RTM Ultimate x64
       #8

    Is there a tutorial on how to change the Icon for the Favorites?
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  9. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Hello Enzo,

    No, but you can go the registry location below, then do steps 4 & 5 for the DefaultIcon key. Afterwards, right click on (Default) in the right pane, and click on Modify. Type in the full path of the icon you want to use. You may need to log off and log on to fully apply though.

    See tutorial: Favorites - Change Default Icon


    Code:
     
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\DefaultIcon

    Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-reg.jpg

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Mar 2010 at 01:04. Reason: Added tutorial link
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