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:
- Camera Roll
- Saved Pictures
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:
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.
There are three methods to add a library to the navigation pane. Let's review them.
Using the Context Menu
- Open This PC in File Explorer.
- Click on Libraries on the left to open the folder.
- Right-click the Library you want to add to the navigation pane and click on Show in navigation pane.
Using the Ribbon
- Select the desired library in the Libraries folder.
- In the Ribbon, go to the Manage tab will appear under Library tools.
- Click on the Show in navigation pane button.
Using the Library Properties Dialog
- 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.
- In Properties, Check the Shown in navigation pane box.
Regardless of the method you are using, the library will appear in 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.
- Right-click the library in the Libraries folder and select Don't show in navigation pane in the context menu.
- Uncheck the box Shown in navigation pane box in the library properties dialog.
- Click on the Show in navigation pane button in the Ribbon.
You are done.
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- How To Add Libraries Desktop Icon in Windows 10
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- Make Explorer open Libraries instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
- Set Default Save Location for Library in Windows 10
- How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 10
You can add or remove the following library context menus:
- Remove Include in Library Context Menu in Windows 10
- Add Change Icon to Library Context Menu in Windows 10
- Add Optimize Library For to Context Menu in Windows 10
- Add Set Save Location to Context Menu of Library in Windows 10
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2 thoughts on “Add or Remove Library From Navigation Pane in Windows 10”
Just tried this, the setting “Don’t show in Navigation pane” is nowhere to be found. Thanks anyways, though.
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