General Turn On or Off Show all folders in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11


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The navigation pane is the far left pane in File Explorer used to find files, folders, and drives on your PC or network.

If you like, you can select to show all the folders on your PC in the navigation pane. This includes all hidden folders, your user folder, Control Panel, Libraries, and Recycle Bin.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show all folders in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off "Show all folders" in Navigation Pane in File Explorer
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off "Show all folders" in Navigation Pane in Folder Options
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off 'Show all folders" in Navigation Pane using BAT file


EXAMPLE: "Show all folders" on and off in navigation pane

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Option One

Turn On or Off "Show all folders" in Navigation Pane in File Explorer


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Right click or press and hold on an empty area inside the navigation pane, and click/tap on Show all folders to toggle it on (checked) or off (unchecked - default). (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Turn On or Off "Show all folders" in Navigation Pane in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

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

3 Under the Navigation pane section, check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Show all folders for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

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Option Three

Turn On or Off 'Show all folders" in Navigation Pane using BAT file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On 'Show all folders" in Navigation Pane

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

Turn_On_Show-all-folders_in_navigation_pane_for_current_user.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG Add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /V NavPaneShowAllFolders /T REG_DWORD /D 00000001 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

3 Turn Off 'Show all folders" in Navigation Pane

This is the default setting.


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

Turn_Off_Show-all-folders_in_navigation_pane_for_current_user.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG Add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /V NavPaneShowAllFolders /T REG_DWORD /D 00000000 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

4 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5 unblock the .bat file.

6 Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

7 You will now notice your screen flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply.

8 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink

 

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