Personalization Add or Remove Devices and Printers in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11


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The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices.

When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device.

See also:

When you try to open Devices and Printers from the Control Panel in an Insider build of Windows 11, it will now open to Settings > Bluetooth & devices instead.

If you like, you can add Devices and Printers as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Devices and Printers in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


EXAMPLE: "Devices and Printers" open and at top or bottom of navigation pane in File Explorer

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add top), step 3 (add bottom), or step 4 (remove) below for what you want.

2 Add "Devices and Printers" to Top of Navigation Pane in File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Add_Devices_and_Printers_to_top_of_navigation_pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]
@="Device Center"
"System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001
"SortOrderIndex"=dword:0000003c
"System.ApplicationName"="Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,44,00,65,00,\
  76,00,69,00,63,00,65,00,43,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,\
  00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,31,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,44,00,65,00,\
  76,00,69,00,63,00,65,00,43,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,\
  00,6c,00,00,00
"LoadWithoutCOM"=""
"ThreadingModel"="Both"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]
@="Device Center"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}"=dword:00000001

3 Add "Devices and Printers" to Bottom of Navigation Pane in File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Add_Devices_and_Printers_to_bottom_of_navigation_pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]
@="Device Center"
"System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001
"SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000050
"System.ApplicationName"="Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,44,00,65,00,\
  76,00,69,00,63,00,65,00,43,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,\
  00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,31,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,44,00,65,00,\
  76,00,69,00,63,00,65,00,43,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,\
  00,6c,00,00,00
"LoadWithoutCOM"=""
"ThreadingModel"="Both"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]
@="Device Center"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}"=dword:00000001

4 Remove "Devices and Printers" from Navigation Pane in File Explorer

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Remove_Devices_and_Printers_from_navigation_pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}"=-

5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 If File Explorer is currently open, then close and reopen File Explorer to apply.

9 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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