Windows 8.1: Hide Library Folders in My Computer

   Posted July 23, 2013 by Lê Hoàng in Windows 8

Library folders such as Downloads, Music, Pictures, Documents, and Videos have been moved to the center view when browsing My Computer with Windows 8.1. Now appearing above the drives, these useful folders were in the left sidebar in the previous versions. Although they can be collapsed by clicking on the Folders option at the top, you may want to remove them completely to save space for other items.

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Before we start, make sure to back up your registry so that you can restore it later if your system behaves strangely.

1. To begin, open the Run window by pressing Ctrl + R. Type Regedit in the Open field, and hit Enter or click the OK button to process.

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2. When the Registry Editor shows up on-screen, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace. There will be several subkeys in NameSpace.

{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE} : Music folder

{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} : Downloads folder.

{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA} : Pictures folder.

{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C} : Videos folder.

{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0} : Documents folder.

{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} : Desktop.

To remove the folders, just delete the keys. You should delete only the folders that you do not use and keep the others unchanged.

After deleting the keys, close the editor window.

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3. Come back to the Explorer window, right-click on an empty space, and choose Refresh. The libraries folders will disappear.

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4. Next, you may want to show the removed libraries folders on the left-side panel, as they were in previous versions of Windows. To do that, right-click on an empty space on the left side, and choose Show libraries.

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Then libraries items will be listed with subfolders on the left-side panel as seen below:

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5. Later, if you change your mind and want to list the folders in the center view, launch the Registry Editor again, navigate back to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace, and create new keys with the provided code name of the folders above.




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  • darwd

    hi ,
    Iam using window 8 sorry not 7 and I want to add those folders , can you help me ? thank you

  • David

    Thanks for posting this solution! As I see it, if one could find out or generate the registry key for a specific folder one could put any folder into the My Computer view.
    Any idea how to find a specific folder’s registry key?

  • Amin

    thx alot…
    these were very stupid things on my computer or This-PC?!!! ;P

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  • Alexandre Oliveira

    Windows 8.1 insists in reinstalling these folder on updates. Is the a solution?

  • Domi

    Doesn’t work for me, have removed the keys, restart, refresh, … no change !

  • Minh Đức

    Good article! This is what I’m searching for…

    Thank you for an useful tip!!! Subscribed!

  • SwahiliWizz

    Hi Le Hoang,
    The title of tech-recipe concerns customizing the contents of Microsoft’s default virtual container known variously as “This PC”, “My Computer”, and this specifically for Win8.1. Customizing “This PC” will affect all places where a “This PC” is used by Windows and File Explorer on that machine.

    First, a backup of the entire registry is superfluous. Exporting the registry key “NameSpace” as a backup with the default “This PC” contents prior deleting listed {CLSID}-items would be more practical. Such a key-backup can practically later be re-imported/merged into the customized registry to restore that key’s default “This PC” container settings and virtual folder contents.

    Second, from point 4 on, you change topics, referring to user-changes of the Navigation pane of File Explorer, – outside the Registry – not permanent system-wide changes to “This PC”.

  • Thanks bro!


  • Remus

    Fantasstic it works . Thank you

  • ed

    Perfect. Ive just got a Windows 8 Laptop and have a separate drive for music and also for video. That meant I had music and video folders, libraries and drives which was very annoying! This fixed it by letting me remove the empty folders so thanks!!