How to Show or Hide Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10?

Navigation Pane in Windows 10

Good news for you is that you can easily show or hide navigation pane from your Windows Explorer anytime. There are few easy steps that you need to follow and you can manage Windows 10 navigation pane.

Many users may not like navigation pane (image below) in the left hand side of the Windows 10 File Explorer.

Users may want to get rid of this from File Explorer (This PC) also known as My Computer in previous version of Windows.

navigation pane in windows 10

Show or Hide Navigation Pane

This article will show you how to add or remove the Navigation Pane of File Explorer for all users in Windows 10.

You have to be sign in as an Administrator to be able to do below settings. We will be using two (2) different methods to show or hide navigation pane from the Windows file explorer.

Method 1 – From Windows File Explorer Ribbon

Step 1. Open the File Explorer (This PC). Double-click on This PC Icon on your Desktop to open File Explorer. If you don’t see This PC icon on your desktop screen then, click below article:

[Read: Add “This PC” Icon on Windows 10 Desktop]

add this pc icon on desktop

Step 2. Once File Explorer open, click on the View Tab (Alt+V) then, click on the Navigation Pane button in the ribbon. Click on Navigation pane.

  • Uncheck it, to Hide the Navigation Pane
  • Check it, to Show the Navigation Pane

hide navigation pane

Step 3. It will do immediate effect to your computer. It does not require restarting or log-off your computer.

Check below screenshot of removed Navigation Pane in File Explorer.

show or hide navigation pane

Method 2 – By Using a REG file

First of all, download below REG files to your desktop screen:

Hide_Navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg

Show_Navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg

To Hide Navigation Page in File Explorer, open Hide_Navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg
To Show Navigation Page in File Explorer, open Hide_Navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg

Double click on the .reg file to open it or merge with Windows registry.

You will be prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to continue the merge process. If you currently have File Explorer open, then close and open or navigate to another folder to apply.

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