Add or Remove Library From Navigation Pane in Windows 10

Libraries is a special folder in Windows, introduced in Windows 7. It allows you to create libraries - special folders which can aggregate files from several different folders and show it under a single, unified view. A library is an indexed location, meaning Windows Search will be completed faster in a library compared to a regular non-indexed folder. In Windows 7, when you opened Explorer using the mouse, it opened the Libraries folder. In this article, we will see how to add or remove a library from the navigation pane in File Explorer in Windows.


By default, Windows 10 comes with the following libraries:

  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Camera Roll
  • Saved Pictures

Windows 10 Default Libraries

Note: If the Libraries folder is not visible in your File Explorer, see the article:

Enable Libraries in File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 10

The following libraries are pinned to the navigation pane by default:

  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos

Default Libraries

You can hide a library from the navigation pane or add a new library there. For example, if you've created a custom library, you might want to make it visible on the left in  File Explorer.

Add a Library to the Navigation Pane in Windows 10

There are three methods to add a library to the navigation pane. Let's review them.

Using the Context Menu

  1. Open This PC in File Explorer.
  2. Click on Libraries on the left to open the folder.Windows 10 Libraries Folder
  3. Right-click the Library you want to add to the navigation pane and click on Show in navigation pane.Add Library To Navigation Pane

Using the Ribbon

  1. Select the desired library in the Libraries folder.
  2. In the Ribbon, go to the Manage tab will appear under Library tools.Manage Tab Linraries Ribbon
  3. Click on the Show in navigation pane button.Add Library To Navigation Pane Ribbon

Using the Library Properties Dialog

  1. Right-click a library and select "Properties" in the context menu. Tip: You can open Properties of a library, file or folder faster if you double-click it while holding the ALT key. See How to open file or folder properties quickly in Windows File Explorer.
  2. In Properties, Check the Shown in navigation pane box.

Add Library To Navigation Pane Properties


Regardless of the method you are using, the library will appear in the navigation pane.

Library Added To Navigation Pane

Remove a Library from the Navigation pane

To remove a library from the navigation pane in Windows 10, you can use one of the following methods.

  • Right-click the desired library in the navigation pane and select Don't show in navigation pane in the context menu.Remove Library From Navigation Pane 1
  • Right-click the library in the Libraries folder and select Don't show in navigation pane in the context menu.Remove Library From Navigation Pane 2
  • Uncheck the box Shown in navigation pane box in the library properties dialog.Remove Library From Navigation Pane 3
  • Click on the Show in navigation pane button in the Ribbon.Remove Library From Navigation Pane 4

You are done.

Articles of interest:

You can add or remove the following library context menus:

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 “Add or Remove Library From Navigation Pane in Windows 10”

  1. Just tried this, the setting “Don’t show in Navigation pane” is nowhere to be found. Thanks anyways, though.

  2. Marry me. That may sound like some stupid spammer. But I mean it. After the incredibly simple solution you just provided after I spent two hours tearing my hair out for such a frustratingly ridiculous setting in Windows 10 — which I HATE — well I am in love with you. I repeat. Marry me.

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