How to move Libraries above This PC in Windows 10

Earlier in Windows 8, the File Explorer app used to show Libraries above "This PC" (Computer) in the left pane. In Windows 10, Libraries are shown below This PC. If you use Libraries frequently, you might be interested in moving them above This PC for faster access. Let's see how to re-arrange items and place Libraries above This PC in Windows 10.


If you enable Libraries in File Explorer, you will see that the Libraries item shows below This PC: Windows 10 libraries default location

To move Libraries above This PC in Windows 10, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak.

  1. Open Registry Editor (see how).
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}

    Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right side, you will see the SortOrderIndex value which is set to 84 (in decimals). Change it to 56, again in decimals. Windows 10 move libraries above this pc
  4. In Windows 10 x64 you have to apply the same changes to the following key:
     HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
  5. Sign out from Windows 10.
  6. Sign in back and and open a new Explorer window. The result will be as follows: Windows 10 libraries above this pc

You can download ready-to-use Registry tweaks below:

Move Libraries above This PC

That's it.

5 thoughts on “How to move Libraries above This PC in Windows 10

  1. Gaurav Kale

    In Windows 10 x64 you have to apply the same changes to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks, updated.

      Reply
  2. Joyce Faler

    When I attempted step 4, I received the message “Cannot edit sortorderindex: error writing the value’s new contents”.

    Reply
    1. Mason Deimling

      @Joyce Faler You have to edit the permissions and make yourself the new owner instead of trustedinstaller.

      Reply
  3. Dan Henderson

    You actually don’t have to go through all the trouble of signing out of Windows 10 and signing back in. You can just open up Task Manager, right-click on Windows Explorer, and choose “Restart” to make the change take effect immediately.

    Reply

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