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Add or Remove "Favorites" from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove the Favorites group in the Navigation Pane of File Explorer for only your user account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

This is also applied to the smaller "Open" and "Save as" type dialog windows.

Note   Note
The default folder for Favorites is the Links folder located at the location below.

C:\Users\(user-name)\Links


EXAMPLE: Favorites in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the Favorites group added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane.

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Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
Add or Remove "Favorites" Using File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer, then do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

NOTE: You can press the + E keys to open File Explorer.


2. To Add "Favorites" to the Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Right click or press and hold on an empty space in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Show favorites in the drop down menu to check it. (see top screenshot below)

OR

B) Click/tap on the View tab, click/tap on the Navigation pane button in the ribbon, and click/tap on Show favorites in the drop down menu to check it. (see bottom screenshot below)

3. To Remove "Favorites" from the Navigation Pane

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

OR

B) Click/tap on the View tab, click/tap on the Navigation pane button in the ribbon, and click/tap on Show favorites to uncheck it. (see bottom screenshot below)

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Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
Add or Remove "Favorites" Using Folder Options

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)

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2. To Add "Favorites" to the Navigation Pane
NOTE:
This is the default setting.

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

3. To Remove "Favorites" from the Navigation Pane

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







Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 OPTION THREE Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
Add or Remove "Favorites" Using a BAT File


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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

NavPaneShowFavorites DWORD

0 = Hide Favorites
1 = Show Favorites


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

2. To Add "Favorites" to the Navigation Pane
NOTE:
This is the default setting.

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

Add_Favorites_to_Navigation_Pane.bat


download

3. To Remove "Favorites" from the Navigation Pane


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

Remove_Favorites_from_Navigation_Pane.bat


download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file, then double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run and Yes (UAC).

7. You will now notice a command prompt open and your screen flash as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.


That's it,
Shawn


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