Devices Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to hide or show drive letters in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

A drive letter is a single alphabetic character A through Z that has been assigned by Windows to a physical drive or drive partition connected to the computer to reference the drive by.


Contents

  • Option One: Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer using REG file


EXAMPLE: Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer > This PC

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Option One

Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (show - default ) or uncheck (hide) Show drive letters for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

Show_drive_letters_Folder_Options.png





Option Two

Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer using REG file


1 Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.

2 Show Drive Letters 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 4 below.​

Show_drive_letters_for_current_user.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShowDriveLettersFirst"=dword:00000000

3 Hide Drive Letters in File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Hide_drive_letters_for_current_user.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShowDriveLettersFirst"=dword:00000002

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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