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How to make Windows Explorer not show network locations?

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    Windows 8.1 x64

    How to make Windows Explorer not show network locations?


    Whenever I open file explorer, I have to wade through a massive, massive list of speakers, keyboards, email servers, printers, and all other things that I only ever use on my desktop. So when I plug a flash drive into my laptop, it takes me 1 or 2 minutes to find the stupid thing. When I try to organize the "This PC" pane, it reloads the network drives and resets everything on reboot.

    How make I the network things go away permanently? I can find no setting.

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    No you do not have to go through a list of devices in File Explorer. You are doing something wrong.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 x64


    That is not the problem. The problem is that it shows everything on my network when I click "This PC," which I have to scroll through because for some reason, "Devices and Drives" shows up below "Network locations." I tried rearranging the headers, but I still had that list of network devices at the bottom. I want to know how to make the program ignore network locations completely without needing to create a separate network for my laptop.

    I know that I don't *have* to scroll through that list, and I could just rearrange headers or collapse the "Network locations" section, but I want it gone completely, I want Windows to completely stop sniffing for homegroups and/or network devices. Windows 7 didn't used to do this.
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
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