Add User Profile Folder to Navigation Pane in Windows 10

The Navigation pane is a special area on the left of File Explorer which shows the folders and system places like This PC, Network, Libraries and so on. For faster access, you can add your user profile folder there. Under your user name, you will get all your personal folders listed and accessible with one click.

The Navigation pane is a special area on the left of File Explorer which shows the folders and system places like This PC, Network, Libraries and so on. The user is not allowed to customize the Navigation Pane because the user interface lacks the required options, but this is possible with a hack. See this article:

Add custom folders or Control Panel applets to Navigation Pane in File Explorer

In my previous article, How to add Recycle Bin icon to navigation pane in Windows 10 File Explorer, we saw how to quickly add a system folder to the navigation pane of File Explorer. Let's apply the same tweak to the user profile folder and get in visible on the left.

User Folder Navigation Pane

Windows 10 Add User Folder To Navigation Pane

To add the User Profile folder to Navigation Pane in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
    If you don't have such a key, then create it.

  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and set its value data to 1.Add User Folder To Navigation Pane Registry Tweak
  4. If you are running a 64-bit operating system, repeat the steps above for the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432node\CLSID\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
  5. Re-open the File Explorer app. The User Profile icon will appear in the navigation pane in Windows 10 File Explorer.

That's it. To remove the User Profile folder from the navigation pane, delete the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD value that you created.

To save your time, you can use the following ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

Alternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker to do the same.

User Folder Navigation Pane Winaero Tweaker

Go to Navigation Pane - Custom Items, click on the Add shell location button and select the UsersFIles item in the list.

That's it.

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