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Tweaking File Explorer in Windows 10

Include me among those who love to tweak and fiddle with their tools, including the Windows OS. I’ve also been vexed with a Windows 10 File Explorer default since its initial release. Recently, I was delighted to discover a registry tweak to get around my vexation. To my great relief, it enables tweaking File Explorer in Windows 10 to drop duplicate items. Here’s a screen capture to illustrate:

tweaking file explorer -- before

By default the removable G: drive shows up twice. Once under This PC, and a second time by itself immediately below.

I don’t like it that you can see the G: drive twice. But that’s the way Windows 10 shows information in the left-hand navigation pane by default. It shows once in the drive hierarchy under “This PC” and a second time by itself because it’s a removable drive. This is mildly vexing on the Lenovo X220 Tablet whence the screenshot comes. That vexation level jumps on my production PC where up to half-a-dozen removable drives may be visible.

In reading the forums at TenForums.com, I discovered a link to Shawn Brink’s excellent tutorial. It’s entitled “How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10.” That tutorial explains how to edit the registry to drop duplicate drive displays. Better still, it provides registry update files (with a .reg extension) that run programmatically. Thus, manual registry editing need not occur. Brink kindly also includes 32- and 64-bit files to reverse those changes, so that users can resume default operation if they don’t like the new look. This makes tweaking File Explorer about as easy and safe as it gets. After running the update file, this File Explorer display appears:

tweaking file explorer -- after

With the registry update applied, the G: drive appears only under the “This PC” heading.

A Trove of Tutorials for Tweaking File Explorer

Who cares about tweaking File Explorer? Enough people to generate 5 pages of back-and-forth questions and commentary on this tweak, and enough to stimulate expert members of the TenForums community to create an additional 10 further tutorials in this same vein there, to wit:

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

How to Turn On or Off Navigation Pane ‘Show all folders’ in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Favorites in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Homegroup in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Libraries in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove OneDrive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Network in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove This PC in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Quick access in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

How to Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

If you’re an incurable tweaker like me, you can’t help but love this stuff. Have fun, and get going tweaking File Explorer right away!

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Thanks for the tips. The one thing I hate is losing all your customization when moving to a new OS. Sometimes it takes days if at all to find ways to set things to what you are comfortable with.
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Yes, losing settings is a PITA, all right. And now with many such settings routinely getting lost/reset with each new Cumulative Update that comes out for the Current Branch release, it's a regular PITA, too. Methinks there will be a state capture/replay utility coming to Win10 soon!

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