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


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The Printers folder allows you to see and manage all your printers.

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


EXAMPLE: Printers folder at top or bottom of navigation pane in File Explorer

Printers_on_top_of_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.png
Printers_on_bottom_of_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.png



Here's How:

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

2 Add 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_Printers_to_top_of_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]
@="Printers"
"InfoTip"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,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,\
  00,70,00,72,00,6e,00,66,00,6c,00,64,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,\
  2d,00,38,00,30,00,36,00,32,00,00,00
"LocalizedString"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,\
  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,00,70,00,72,00,6e,00,66,00,6c,00,64,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,\
  2c,00,2d,00,38,00,30,00,33,00,36,00,00,00
"SortOrderIndex"=dword:0000003c
"System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,69,00,6d,00,\
  61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,32,\
  00,36,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,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,00,70,00,72,00,\
  6e,00,66,00,6c,00,64,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]
@="Printers"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001

3 Add 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_Printers_to_bottom_of_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]
@="Printers"
"InfoTip"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,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,\
  00,70,00,72,00,6e,00,66,00,6c,00,64,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,\
  2d,00,38,00,30,00,36,00,32,00,00,00
"LocalizedString"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,\
  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,00,70,00,72,00,6e,00,66,00,6c,00,64,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,\
  2c,00,2d,00,38,00,30,00,33,00,36,00,00,00
"SortOrderIndex"=-
"System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
  00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,69,00,6d,00,\
  61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,32,\
  00,36,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,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,00,70,00,72,00,\
  6e,00,66,00,6c,00,64,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]
@="Printers"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001

4 Remove 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_Printers_from_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg


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

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}"=-

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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