Disable Back Button in Common Open File Dialog in Windows 10

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How to Disable Back Button in Common Open File Dialog in Windows 10

The common 'open file dialog' is one of the classic controls available in Windows 10. It implements Open, Save, Import, and Export dialog boxes for plenty of apps, including built-in apps like Regedit.exe, and for a number of third-party apps.

Starting in Windows Vista, Microsoft has implemented a new version of the Open/Save dialog, along with a modern folder browser dialog. See the screenshot.

However, there are plenty of apps, both old and modern, which utilize the classic dialog. Even the built-in Registry editor is using it.

The classic Common File Dialog includes a Places bar on the left that allows quickly accessing the locations like Desktop, Quick Access, Libraries, This PC etc. If you worked with Windows XP, you must be familiar with such dialog boxes.

By default, the File name box in the common open/save file dialog includes a navigation button that allows walking back to a previous directory.

Windows allows hiding that button. This can be useful if you are desperate in saving the screen space, so having the back button hidden will give you extra pixels for other dialog controls.

This can be done with either Registry tweak or Group Policy.

To Disable Back Button in Common Open File Dialog in Windows 10,

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32.
    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click. If you do not have such a key, then just create it.
  3. Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value NoBackButtonNote: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type.
  4. Set its value data to 1 to disable the back button.
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in again to your user account.

You are done!

Note: To undo the change, remove the NoBackButton value, then sign out and sign in again to your user account in Windows 10.

Download Ready-to-use Registry Files Here

If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app to configure the options mentioned above with a GUI.

Disable Recent Files Dropdown List in File Dialog using Group Policy

  1. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:

    Press Enter.

  2. In Group Policy Editor,  go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer > Common Open File Dialog.
  3. Enable the policy option Hide the common dialog back button.
  4. Click Apply and OK.

You are done!

To undo the changes you made, just set the mentioned policy to Not configured.

That's it!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Disable Back Button in Common Open File Dialog in Windows 10”

  1. The value NoBackButton should be in comdlg32 key and not in Placesbar.
    It’s not working when it is in Placesbar.

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