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    Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer
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    24 Aug 2018
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    How to Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    The user profile of each account includes the 3D Objects, Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, OneDrive, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches, and Videos personal folders by default in Windows 10.

    If you like, you can hide any one of these personal folders from showing in the navigation pane and main window for the user profile group and This PC in File Explorer.

    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the user profile personal folders in File Explorer and navigation pane for all accounts in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to hide or show user profile personal folders.

    This will not affect these folders in the users' actual C:\Users\<user name> folder.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Hide User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer
    • Option Two: To Show User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer


    EXAMPLE: User profile personal folders in File Explorer
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    Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer OPTION ONE Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer
    To Hide User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer

    1. Do step 2 (3D Objects), step 3 (Contacts), step 4 (Desktop), step 5 (Documents), step 6 (Downloads), step 7 (Favorites), step 8 (Links), step 9 (Music), step 10 (OneDrive), step 11 (Pictures), step 12 (Saved Games), step 13 (Searches), or step 14 (Videos) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Hide 3D Objects Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_3D-Objects_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_3D-Objects_folder.reg

    download


     3. To Hide Contacts Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Contacts_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Contacts_folder.reg

    download


     4. To Hide Desktop Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Desktop_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Desktop_folder.reg

    download


     5. To Hide Documents Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Documents_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Documents_folder.reg

    download


     6. To Hide Downloads Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Downloads_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Downloads_folder.reg

    download


     7. To Hide Favorites Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Favorites_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Favorites_folder.reg

    download


     8. To Hide Links Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Links_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Links_folder.reg

    download


     9. To Hide Music Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Music_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Music_folder.reg

    download


     10. To Hide OneDrive Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_OneDrive_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_OneDrive_folder.reg

    download


     11. To Hide Pictures Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Pictures_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Pictures_folder.reg

    download


     12. To Hide Saved Games Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Saved_Games_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Saved_Games_folder.reg

    download


     13. To Hide Searches Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Searches_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Searches_folder.reg

    download


     14. To Hide Videos Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Videos_folder.reg

    download


    64-bit_Hide_Videos_folder.reg

    download

    15. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    16. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    17. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    18. Restart the explorer process, or restart the computer to apply.

    19. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) if you like.






    Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer OPTION TWO Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer
    To Show User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer


    This is the default setting.

    1. Do step 2 (3D Objects), step 3 (Contacts), step 4 (Desktop), step 5 (Documents), step 6 (Downloads), step 7 (Favorites), step 8 (Links), step 9 (Music), step 10 (OneDrive), step 11 (Pictures), step 12 (Saved Games), step 13 (Searches), or step 14 (Videos) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show 3D Objects Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_3D-Objects_folder.reg

    download


     3. To Show Contacts Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    This will not show in "This PC".

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Contacts_folder.reg

    download


     4. To Show Desktop Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Desktop_folder.reg

    download


     5. To Show Documents Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Documents_folder.reg

    download


     6. To Show Downloads Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Downloads_folder.reg

    download


     7. To Show Favorites Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    This will not show in "This PC".

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Favorites_folder.reg

    download


     8. To Show Links Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    This will not show in "This PC".

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Links_folder.reg

    download


     9. To Show Music Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Music_folder.reg

    download


     10. To Show OneDrive Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    This will not show in "This PC".

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_OneDrive_folder.reg

    download


     11. To Hide Pictures Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Pictures_folder.reg

    download


     12. To Show Saved Games Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    This will not show in "This PC".

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Saved_Games_folder.reg

    download


     13. To Show Searches Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    This will not show in "This PC".

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Searches_folder.reg

    download


     14. To Show Videos Folder in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Videos_folder.reg

    download

    15. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    16. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    17. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    18. Restart the explorer process, or restart the computer to apply.

    19. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    19 Apr 2018 #1

    The link for 64-bit_Hide_Downloads_folder.reg is incorrect. It downloads the wrong reg file.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,244
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
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       19 Apr 2018 #2

    Thank you @cereberus. Link now fixed. :)
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