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    Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

    Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer
    Add or Remove "Libraries" from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    21 Aug 2012
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    Add or Remove "Libraries" from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    Libraries in Windows 8 and 8.1, like in Windows 7, allow you to access and organize files that are actually saved at different local and remote locations in the one library folder location.

    For more information about Windows 7 Libraries to help better understand them in Windows 8:



    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Libraries from the navigation pane of File Explorer for only your account or all users in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    When Libraries is removed from the navigation pane in Windows Explorer, it does not disable libraries. Users will still be able to manually navigate to, or create shortcuts pointing to, the Libraries folders location below to access a library.

    The default pinned File Explorer (Windows Explorer) icon on the taskbar will still open to Libraries since it's target is the current user location below. This can be changed to open to another location instead by the user if they like though.

    Tip   Tip
    The default Libaries folders are at the hidden locations below.

    For all users
    C:\Users\Public\Libraries

    For current user only
    C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

    warning   Warning
    If you add Libraries to the navigation pane, then the default File Explorer pinned on the taskbar will open to Libraries instead of the default This PC.


    EXAMPLE: "Libraries" in Navigation Pane of Windows 8
    NOTE:
    This is the Libraries group added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane.

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    OPTION ONE
    Add or Remove "Libraries" from Your Navigation Pane using File Explorer

    NOTE: If step 7 in OPTION FOUR is used it will override this option.

    1. Open File Explorer, then do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.
    NOTE: You could also press the + E keys to open File Explorer.


    2. To Add "Libraries" to your Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1

    A) Right click or press and hold on a empty space in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Show libraries to check it. (see screenshot below)

    3. To Remove "Libraries" from your Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Right click or press and hold on a empty space in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Show libraries to uncheck it. (see screenshot below)

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    OPTION TWO
    Add or Remove "Libraries" from Your Navigation Pane using Folder Options

    NOTE: If step 7 in OPTION FOUR is used it will override this option.

    1. Open Folder Options, click/tap on the General tab, then do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

    2. To Add "Libraries" to your Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1

    A) Under the Navigation pane section, check the Show libraries box, and click/tap on OK.

    3. To Remove "Libraries" from your Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Under the Navigation pane section, uncheck the Show libraries box, and click/tap on OK.

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    OPTION THREE
    Add or Remove "Libraries" from Your Navigation Pane using a REG File


    Note   Note
    If step 7 in OPTION FOUR is used it will override this option.


    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}

    System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD

    0 = Don't show Libraries in current user Navigation Pane
    1 = Show Libraries in current user Navigation Pane


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Remove "Libraries" from your Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Do_Not_Show_Libraries_in_Your_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download

    3. To Add "Libraries" to your Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Libraries_in_Your_Navigation_Pane.reg


    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like
    , you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    8. If open, close and reopen File Explore to apply.





    OPTION FOUR
    Add or Remove "Libraries" from All Users Navigation Pane in Registry

    1. From the Start or Apps screen, start and finish typing regedit, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    Code:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

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    4. If you have not already, then in the left pane of regedit, take ownership first then set permissions to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control" of the ShellFolder registry key. (see screenshot above)

    5. In the right pane of ShellFolder, double click/tap on Attributes to modify it, then do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below step 3)


    6. To Add "Libraries" to All Users Navigation Pane in Windows 8 or 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 8.

    A) Type in b080010d, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    B) If you have a 64-bit Windows 8 installed go to step 8 below.

    C) If you have a 32-bit Windows 8 installed go to step 9 below.


    7. To Remove "Libraries" from All Users Navigation Pane in Windows 8 or 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 8.1.

    A) Type in b090010d, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    B) If you have a 64-bit Windows 8 installed go to step 8 below.

    C) If you have a 32-bit Windows 8 installed go to step 9 below.


    8. If you have 64-bit Windows 8 or 8.1 Installed

    Note   Note
    If you have 64-bit Windows 8 installed, then you will need to do this step to also add or remove Libraries from the "Open" and "Save as" type dialog windows.

    This step is not available or needed if you have 32-bit Windows 8 installed.


    A) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

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    B) Repeat steps 4 to 6A/7A above.

    C) When finished go to step 9 below.

    9. Close regedit, then either restart explorer, sign out and in, or restart the computer to apply.

    10. If you did step 6 and have Windows 8.1, users can now be able to do OPTION ONE, OPTION TWO, or OPTION THREE above to show or don't show Libraries on their navigation pane.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Thanks Shawn, well done mate!
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    Thank you Ted.
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    Hello Shawn.


    What's this, am I doing something wrong?



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    That command is for taking ownership of a "file" and not a registry key. I would recommend to use step 3 in OPTION THREE of the tutorial below instead.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
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    Thanks Shawn, my bad mate, I didn't scroll down enough!
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    No problem mate.
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    Is there a difference to the "good old Windows 7 method" with simple deleting this registry key:
    Code:
    HKLM\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
    Because there you donít need to "take ownership" and it makes no difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Ö
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    Hello Nifu,

    Deleting the key in your post will have no affect on Libraries in the navigation pane. Plus, the method used in Windows 7 is the same as what's in this tutorial.

    Personally, I prefer to set a value than just deleting a registry key like this outright. It's much easier to set a DWORD value back to undo it in the future, than trying to restore the entire registry key.

    Hope this helps,
    Shaw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Deleting the key in your post will have no affect on Libraries in the navigation pane.
    Can not confirm. I delete the key and Libraries in the navigation pane are gone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Personally, I prefer to set a value than just deleting a registry key like this outright. It's much easier to set a DWORD value back to undo it in the future, than trying to restore the entire registry key.
    Can not confirm. For restoring a DWORD value I must remember what to change back. If I save the necessary changes into a text file or just export the key into a REG file before deleting is nearly the same effort. Plus the advantage not need to "take ownership" and do not need care for 32-bit or 64-bit Ö
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