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change names of the folders in navigation pane

  1. #1


    Lithuania
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    Windows 8.1 x64

    change names of the folders in navigation pane


    How to change names of the folders in navigation pane in Windows 8.1 x64 under This PC category? I want to change the names which are shown in File Explorer, not actually change locations.

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    San Jose - California
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    Just go to: C:\Users\Username
    1. On the RHS, right click on the folder->Rename
    2. Sign out and sign back in to take effect.
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  3. #3


    Lithuania
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Just go to: C:\Users\Username
    1. On the RHS, right click on the folder->Rename
    2. Sign out and sign back in to take effect.
    I don‘t use Libraries so this doesn‘t work. I want to change the names of the folders under This PC category.
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    What folders do you want to change? Can you post a screen capture to help us understand?
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  5. #5


    Lithuania
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    What folders do you want to change? Can you post a screen capture to help us understand?
    I recently localized my Windows, but some folder names left unchanged. I want to change them manually, but not actually change folder locations on hard disk. Just to change how they are shown in File Explorer. I attach images which will explain my words.

    This shows folders whose names I want to change:
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    Screenshots below shows what I mean by saying ‘not actually change folder locations on hard disk’.
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    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDJ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Just go to: C:\Users\Username
    1. On the RHS, right click on the folder->Rename
    2. Sign out and sign back in to take effect.
    I don‘t use Libraries so this doesn‘t work. I want to change the names of the folders under This PC category.
    This is exactly what I suggested above.
    Note: After making the change, you need to sign out and sign back in to take effect.
    From the screenshot, I Changed Download to My Downloads

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    Lithuania
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MDJ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Just go to: C:\Users\Username
    1. On the RHS, right click on the folder->Rename
    2. Sign out and sign back in to take effect.
    I don‘t use Libraries so this doesn‘t work. I want to change the names of the folders under This PC category.
    This is exactly what I suggested above.
    Note: After making the change, you need to sign out and sign back in to take effect.
    From the screenshot, I Changed Download to My Downloads

    Click image for larger version

    It isn‘t the same for me. In all accounts of my Windows Navigation Pane leads to the same folders (user accounts don‘t have seperate folders), only Desktop folder is different for each user. Documents folder is on D disk and other ones but Desktop folder are in D:\Documents\.
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  8. #8


    Lithuania
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Well, though I didn‘t find a way to rename those folders manually, I recreated them and reseted their locations (right-clicked folders in navigation pane, clicked ‘Properties’ and chose ‘Location’ tab). After doing this, my localized version of Windows changed the names of those folders.
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    Good fix, way to go.
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change names of the folders in navigation pane
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