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


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

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


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.

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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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