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How to Show or Hide Navigation Pane in File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1

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The navigation pane can be used to access all kinds of locations: folders you've added to your favorites list, your libraries, the drives on your PC, and other PCs on your network.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the navigation pane in File Explorer for your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
You can drag the right border of the navigation pane left and right to increase or decrease it's width in File Explorer.

Setting the navigation pane to hide or show in File Explorer is a universal setting applied to all folders, and not just specific folders.


EXAMPLE: Navigation Pane in Windows 8

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Navigation Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer OPTION ONE Navigation Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer
To Show or Hide Navigation Pane in File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Click/tap on the View tab, click/tap on the Navigation Pane button in the ribbon, and do to step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

3. To Show the Navigation Pane in Windows 8
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Navigation pane menu option to check it.

4. To Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows 8

A) Click/tap on the Navigation pane menu option to uncheck it.


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Navigation Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer OPTION TWO Navigation Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer
To Show or Hide Navigation Pane using a REG File

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

2. To Show the Navigation Pane in Windows 8
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.

Show_Navigation_Pane.reg

download

3. To Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows 8

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

Hide_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.

7. If you have any File Explorer windows currently open, navigate to another folder in them to apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn


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