By default, Windows shows drive letters AFTER the drive labels (names) in the This PC / Computer folder. The user can prevent drive letters from being shown using Folder Options, however, there is no option to show them before the drive's name. For many users, having drive letters in front of the drive label can be a more convenient option. Let's see how to show drive letters before drive names in 'This PC'.
To show drive letters before drive names in This PC, we will apply a very simple Registry tweak. Also we will see other ways to show drive letters for network drives. Here we go.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
- Here you must locate the ShowDriveLettersFirst value. If you cannot find it, just create a new 32-bit DWORD value and name it ShowDriveLettersFirst.
- Set the value data of the ShowDriveLettersFirst value according to the following rule:
0 - will show all drive letters AFTER drive labels.
1 - will show network drive letters BEFORE their labels, but show local drive labels AFTER their labels.
2 - will hide all drive letters
4 - will show all drive letters BEFORE drive labels.
So, in most cases ShowDriveLettersFirst = 4 should be suitable for you. See this screenshot:
- Re-open This PC folder.
This trick works in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. If it does not work for you, check if you have the ShowDriveLettersFirst value here:
In Windows 10, the HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch has priority over the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch for the current user, however, in previous versions of Windows, this can be different. So, check both Registry keys in case you have some issues.
The same can be done using Winaero Tweaker. Go to Appearance -> Drive Letters:
Use this option to avoid Registry editing.
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