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How to hide your own folders in Windows 10
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How to hide system folders via the registry
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Quick start guide: My Folders
Quick guide: System folder

Want to hide a pesky folder in Windows 10? We'll explain how it's done..

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Windows 10 has standard folders that cannot be deleted, such as "3D Objects" or "Desktop". If you never use these folders and they just get in the way on your computer, it's easy to hide them. The folders still exist, but are invisible and no longer displayed. We explain how exactly you do this here.

How to hide your own folders in Windows 10

Follow our step-by-step instructions or take a look at the brief instructions .

1st step:

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Make a right click want the folder to hide and then go to the item " Properties ".

2nd step:

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Now check the box next to " Hidden " and confirm the process with the " OK " button .

3rd step:

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The folder is now hidden and should no longer be displayed in Windows Explorer. But it is still exactly where it was before with all of its files. If you would like to make it visible again, click on the " View " category at the top of the Explorer .

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There you check the box next to " Hidden elements ".

5th step:

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The previously hidden folder should now appear pale again. Make a right click on it and select " Properties ".

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Then remove the check mark next to " Hidden " and confirm the change with " OK ". The folder should now be displayed normally again.

How to hide system folders via the registry

If you want to hide system folders such as "3D objects" or "Documents", the process is a little more time-consuming. The folders can be hidden in the Windows registry and of course reactivated if necessary. To do this, follow our step-by-step instructions and take a look at the brief instructions ..

1st step:

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First you have to press [Win] + [R] at the same time and enter " regedit " to get to the Windows 10 registry editor. Confirm with " OK ".

2nd step:

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Now navigate to the folder path Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ MyComputer \ NameSpace . If the entry does not work automatically, you have to manually click your way to the NameSpace folder .

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First determine which system folder should be hidden. The folder naming conventions are as follows: Images {24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8} 3D objects {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} Desktop {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} Documents {d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af} Downloads {088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f} Music {3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de} Videos {f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a} We select the "3D objects" folder as an example. Make a right click on the folder and select " Rename " from.

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Then put a " - " symbol in front of the key. The folder is no longer visible in Explorer. To display it again, rename the folder again by removing the " - " symbol in front of the key.

Quick start guide: My Folders

  1. Make a right click on the folder and go to " Properties ".
  2. Check the box next to " Hidden " and confirm with " OK ".
  3. The folder is still where it was before, but is no longer visible. To make the folder visible again, click on " View " at the top .
  4. Check the box next to " Hidden elements ".
  5. Now right click on the folder and select " Properties ".
  6. Uncheck " Hidden " and confirm with " OK ". The folder is now displayed again.

Quick guide: System folder

  1. Via [Win] + [R] and entering " regedit " you get to the Windows 10 registry editor.
  2. Now navigate to the folder path: " Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ MyComputer \ NameSpace ".
  3. First determine which system folder should be hidden. The registry entries of the system folders are as follows:
  • Images {24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}
  • 3D objects {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}
  • Desktop {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}
  • Documents {d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}
  • Downloads {088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}
  • Music {3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}
  • Videos {f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}

4. Right click on the entry to be hidden and click on " Rename ".
5. Add a " - " symbol in front of the entry and rename it that way.
6. The folder is no longer displayed in Explorer. To restore it, rename it again by removing the " - " symbol.


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