Windows 8.1: Hide Library Folders in My Computer

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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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10 Responses to “Windows 8.1: Hide Library Folders in My Computer”

  1. September 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm, darwd said:

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


  2. October 19, 2013 at 6:00 am, David said:

    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?


  3. November 02, 2013 at 6:15 am, Amin said:

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


  4. November 06, 2013 at 11:51 pm, Its Me said:



  5. November 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm, Alexandre Oliveira said:

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


  6. November 14, 2013 at 10:52 am, Domi said:

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


  7. November 18, 2013 at 11:57 am, Minh Đức said:

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

    Thank you for an useful tip!!! Subscribed!


  8. December 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm, SwahiliWizz said:

    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”.


  9. January 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm, Thanks bro! said:



  10. March 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm, Remus said:

    Fantasstic it works . Thank you


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