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

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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 "Libraries" 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:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

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".

Change_Permissions_for_ShellFolder_.png

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

Permissions_for_ShellFolder_Key_Cha.png

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 b090010d

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

NOTE 1: If you want to restore "Libraries" in Navigation pane, simply change value of "Attributes" DWORD to b080010d using step 4.

NOTE 2: For Windows 8.1 users:

[Did You Know] Windows 8.1 Allows You to Show / Hide "Libraries" in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

PS: If you want to completely disable "Libraries" feature, you can visit following tutorial:

How to Disable "Libraries" Feature in Windows 7?





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