How to Remove “Favorites” from Windows 7 Explorer Navigation Pane?

If you enable "Navigation Pane" in Windows 7 Explorer, it shows following 5 items in the pane:

  • Favorites
  • Libraries
  • Homegroup
  • Computer
  • Network

This tutorial will help you in removing "Favorites" item from the Navigation pane as shown in following screenshot:


Simply follow these simple steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. Now you'll need to change value of "Attributes" DWORD value present in the right-side section. But Windows will not allow you to change its value as you won't have proper permissions.

To get permissions, first right-click on "ShellFolder" key and select "Permissions".


It'll open a new window. Select "Administrators" in user list and check "Allow" box given for "Full Control" permission.


Click on OK button to apply the changes.

4. Now double-click on "Attributes" DWORD value given in right-side section and change its value to a9400100

5. That's it. Log off or restart your system and "Favorites" will no longer present in Explorer window.

NOTE: If you want to restore "Favorites" in Navigation pane, simply change value of "Attributes" DWORD to a0900100 using step 4.

PS: For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users:

[Did You Know] Windows 8 Allows You to Remove "Favorites" from Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

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