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    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
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    29 May 2018
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    How to Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10


    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.

    To use Google Drive on your PC, you must first download and install: Download Google Drive - Backup and Sync

    If you have Backup and Sync installed for Google Drive, this tutorial will show you how to add or remove Google Drive from the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a BAT file
    • Option Two: Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a REG file

    EXAMPLE: Google Drive in navigation pane of File Explorer
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    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10
    Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a BAT file


    Special thanks to Rob for providing the .bat file here for this option.

    1. Download the Add_Google_Drive_to_Navigation_Pane.bat file below to your desktop.

    download

    2. Unblock the downloaded .bat file.

    3. Run the downloaded .bat file.

    4. Type the letter for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If you type A or R, the explorer process will automatically restart, and File Explorer will open showing your change.

    6. If you type X, then the .bat file command dialog will close.






    Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Add or Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10
    Add or Remove Google Drive in Navigation Pane using a REG file

    1. Do step 2 (32-bit add), step 3 (64-bit add), or step 4 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add Google Drive to Navigation Pane in 32-bit Windows 10

    If you moved your user profile folder from the default "C:\Users" location or installed Google Drive to another location than the default "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive" location, please post a reply with your location instead. I'll need to create a custom .reg for you with your location for this to work. Reference.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    32-bit_Add_Google_Drive_to_navigation_pane.reg

    download


     3. To Add Google Drive to Navigation Pane in 64-bit Windows 10

    If you moved your user profile folder from the default "C:\Users" location or installed Google Drive to another location than the default "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive" location, please post a reply with your location instead. I'll need to create a custom .reg for you with your location for this to work. Reference.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    64-bit_Add_Google_Drive_to_navigation_pane.reg

    download


     4. To Remove Google Drive from Navigation Pane

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Google_Drive_from_navigation_pane.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

    8. If the change doesn't get applied immediately, then you can restart the explorer process to apply.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it
    Shawn


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  1.    10 Aug 2016 #1

    I changed the default location of Drive to "D:\BD Google Drive" hoping I could install multiple Drive instances, which I don't guess is possible. Would I still use the same reg in Win10 64-bit, or do I have to edit the "TargetFolderPath"? You have it in hex, I've tried converting buy it doesn't look anything like your fomat (I'm not a programmer...) Any help!!
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       10 Aug 2016 #2

    Hello Hockeyfreak, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Yeah, after you merge the .reg file, you'll need to manually edit the registry keys in Registry Editor for the new path.
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  3.    10 Aug 2016 #3

    Awesome! Thanks, I'll figure out how. Shouldn't be hard. Then just save and reboot, I should be good?
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       10 Aug 2016 #4

    You'll only need to correct the paths. No need to reboot.

    If you need any help, please feel free to let me know. :)
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  5.    10 Aug 2016 #5

    SWEET!! Worked like a charm. I'm trying to thank you again, but can't until I spread it around. I'll be here more often. 10 is better than 7 in my opinion, but there are so many things I need to tweak.

    Thanks so much.
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       10 Aug 2016 #6

    You're most welcome. I'm glad to hear you got it sorted. :)
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       12 Aug 2016 #7

    Excellent
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  8.    18 Aug 2016 #8

    Hi Brink , Thanks....

    I had the same issue as HockeyFreak , as my Google Drive is using F:\Google Drive , since I didn't want it on my small OS SSD.

    Just thought this might help someone else to change their's too if needed. Changing the Target Folder in the registry to F:\Google Drive immediately got it to Show in the Explorer RH Pane (no reboot) instead of throwing the Error message.

    The registry Key you need to change:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{81539FE6-33C7-4CE7-90C7-1C7B8F2F2D41}\Instance\InitPropertyBag

    and a pic of mine.... right click on TargetFolderPath >modify ..... and change the Value Data to your Google Drive location.

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    *** edit: added 64bit Windows Fix.

    For those using 64 Bit Windows you also need to modify the following Registry Entry too :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\WOW6432Node\CLSID\{81539FE6-33C7-4CE7-90C7-1C7B8F2F2D41}\Instance\InitPropertyBag


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    Last edited by Kbird; 18 May 2017 at 11:15.
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       19 Aug 2016 #9

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