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[Windows 10 Tip] Remove OneDrive, Quick Access, Homegroup and Network Icons from Navigation Pane of This PC

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If you are using Windows 10 OS in your computer, you might have noticed 2 new icons in Windows Explorer (also known as “This PC” or My Computer) Navigation Pane:

  • OneDrive
  • Quick Access

Apart from these 2 new icons, some older icons such as Homegroup and Network are still present in Navigation Pane of This PC.

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Many people may not like so many icons in Navigation Pane and they may want to get rid of this icon clutter from This PC in Windows 10.

Today in this tutorial, we’ll tell you simple ways to remove these unwanted extra icons from Windows 10 This PC’s Navigation Pane.

You’ll be able to remove all of these unwanted icons or a particular icon with the help of this tutorial. We’ll take help of our favorite Registry Editor to do these tasks.

 

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

NOTE: Ready-made Registry script is given for download at the end of this tutorial. If you are not familiar with Registry editing, you can use the Registry script to remove the icons automatically.

PART 1: Remove OneDrive Icon from Navigation Pane of This PC

Removing OneDrive icon is the most easiest task. You’ll not need to take ownership of any Registry key and you’ll not need to restart or log off. The changes will be instant.

1. Press WIN+R keys together to open RUN dialog box. You can also open it from WIN+X menu. Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It’ll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

3. In right-side pane, change value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD to 0

 

That’s it. It’ll immediately remove OneDrive icon from This PC Navigation Pane.

If you want to restore OneDrive icon, change the value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD to 1 again.

NOTE: If you are using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, you may notice that OneDrive icon is still present in “Browse” dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open in some 3rd party 32-bit programs. To remove OneDrive icon from there, you’ll need to perform the same steps in following key as well:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

Just go to above mentioned key and in right-side pane, change value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD to 0 to remove OneDrive icon.

PART 2: Remove Quick Access Icon from Navigation Pane of This PC

Removing Quick Access icon is a little bit hard compared to removing OneDrive icon. Due to some unknown reasons, changing “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” DWORD value to 0 doesn’t remove Quick Access icon from Navigation Pane even after restarting the computer.

So we’ll need to change its attributes to remove its icon from Navigation Pane:

1. Open Registry Editor and go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\ShellFolder

2. Now take ownership of ShellFolder key with the help of this guide.

3. In right-side pane, change value of Attributes DWORD to a0600000

 

4. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect and it’ll remove Quick Access icon from This PC Navigation Pane.

If you want to restore Quick Access icon, change the value of Attributes DWORD to a0100000 again.

NOTE: If you are using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, you may notice that Quick Access icon is still present in “Browse” dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open in some 3rd party 32-bit programs. To remove Quick Access icon from there, you’ll need to perform the same steps in following key as well:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\ShellFolder

Just go to above mentioned key, take ownership of the key and in right-side pane, change value of Attributes DWORD to a0600000 to remove Quick Access icon.

PART 3: Remove Homegroup Icon from Navigation Pane of This PC

Homegroup icon can be removed using any of following 3 methods:

  • By using “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” DWORD method
  • By using “Attributes” DWORD method
  • By disabling Homegroup services

[METHOD A] By Using “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” DWORD:

1. Open Registry Editor and go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}

2. Now take ownership of {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} key with the help of this guide.

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and leave its value to 0

 

4. That’s it. It’ll immediately remove Homegroup icon from This PC Navigation Pane.

If you want to restore Homegroup icon, change the value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD to 1 again.

NOTE: If you are using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, you may notice that Homegroup icon is still present in “Browse” dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open in some 3rd party 32-bit programs. To remove Homegroup icon from there, you’ll need to perform the same steps in following key as well:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}

Just go to above mentioned key, take ownership of the key and in right-side pane, create a new DWORD System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and leave its value to 0 to remove Homegroup icon.

[METHOD B] By Using “Attributes” DWORD:

This method has already been posted at this site long time back for Windows 7 operating system but the method still works in Windows 10 OS.

You can visit following link to learn more about this method:

How to Remove Homegroup Icon from Windows Explorer Navigation Pane?

[METHOD C] By Disabling Homegroup Services:

You can also remove Homegroup icon from Navigation Pane by disabling Homegroup services using Service Manager.

Check out following tutorial to learn more about this method:

How to Disable Homegroup Feature in Windows 7 and Later?

Although the tutorial was written for Windows 7 but it’ll also work fine for Windows 10 OS.

PART 4: Remove Network Icon from Navigation Pane of This PC

Similar to Homegroup icon, Network icon can also be removed using similar methods:

  • By using “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” DWORD method
  • By using “Attributes” DWORD method

[METHOD A] By Using “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” DWORD:

1. Open Registry Editor and go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

2. Now take ownership of {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} key with the help of this guide.

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and leave its value to 0

 

4. That’s it. It’ll immediately remove Network icon from This PC Navigation Pane.

If you want to restore Network icon, change the value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD to 1 again.

NOTE: If you are using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, you may notice that Network icon is still present in “Browse” dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open in some 3rd party 32-bit programs. To remove Network icon from there, you’ll need to perform the same steps in following key as well:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

Just go to above mentioned key, take ownership of the key and in right-side pane, create a new DWORD System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and leave its value to 0 to remove Network icon.

[METHOD B] By Using “Attributes” DWORD:

This method has also been posted long time back for Windows 7 operating system but the method still works fine in Windows 10 OS.

You can visit following tutorial to learn more about this method:

How to Remove Network Icon from Windows Explorer Navigation Pane?

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That’s all for now. After following all above mentioned steps, you’ll get a clutter free Navigation Pane in This PC of Windows 10.

 

NOTE: If you don’t want to modify Registry yourself, you can download following ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically:

Download Registry Script to Remove Icons from Navigation Pane of This PC

After downloading the ZIP file, extract it and run the desired .REG file to remove the icon. But you’ll still need to manually take ownership of the Registry key first as mentioned in above tutorial. The Registry script can only change values in Registry Editor. It can’t take ownership of keys.

Extra Registry scripts to restore icons in Navigation Pane are also present in ZIP file.