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Remove “Folders” and “Network locations” links in 8.1

  1. #1


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Remove “Folders” and “Network locations” links in 8.1


    Let me explain with a couple of screenshots. I just upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 and now I get a bunch of useless shortcuts in Windows Explorer when I try to open a file, or if I just plainly go to My Computer. Stuff like this:

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    Or this:


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    Can I hide the links circled in red?

    The reason I don't need them there is because now I have to constantly scroll down to get to the files and folders that I actually need. (And if I fold them up with that little arrow, they come right out after a while.) It just wastes time!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello DC,

    Here's how to remove "Folders" from This PC.

    This PC - Add or Remove "Folders" in Windows 8.1

    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thank you very much! Nice job! It worked nicely.

    Just curious though if you have a similar tutorial to remove "network locations" -- see my screenshots?
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  4. #4


    Thanks Shawn, me too is satisfied! Is there any way to do the same for save dialogues?, i.e. removing documents
    Last edited by off piste; 12 Apr 2014 at 07:18. Reason: modify
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
    Thank you very much! Nice job! It worked nicely.

    Just curious though if you have a similar tutorial to remove "network locations" -- see my screenshots?
    Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer


    tip: just click tutorial on the top of the page between Forum and what's new . and do a search for tutorials for many things good luck
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  6. #6


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
    Thank you very much! Nice job! It worked nicely.

    Just curious though if you have a similar tutorial to remove "network locations" -- see my screenshots?
    Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer


    tip: just click tutorial on the top of the page between Forum and what's new . and do a search for tutorials for many things good luck
    Thanks, caperjack. I tried it but the link you gave removes the Network shortcut, which I need, and not the "Network locations" in my screenshot above.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    0pps sorry I don't have any networks setup right now ,so none showing in mine to even try and figure out how to not show them
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