Learn how to add or remove OneDrive folder from the navigation pane in File Explorer on Windows 11

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The article provides guidance on how to enable or disable the visibility of the OneDrive folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer in Windows 11. This requires adjustments in the Windows Registry, specifically, modifying the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree value. A system restart is needed for changes to take effect.

This article describes the steps to enable or disable the OneDrive folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11.

When you default enable and set up OneDrive in Windows, the OneDrive folder is automatically added to the navigation pane in File Explorer for easy access.

In most cases, users should find having the OneDrive folder in the File Explorer navigation pane helpful. However, if you find the OneDrive folder on the navigation pane distracting or useless, you can remove it using the steps below.

Removing the folder from there won’t delete your OneDrive folder in your Windows home profile folder (C:\Users\<Username>\OneDrive). On the other hand, if you don’t see the OneDrive folder on the navigation pane in File Explorer and want to add it again, use the steps below to add it.

How to show or hide the OneDrive folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11

As mentioned above, by default, when you enable and set up OneDrive in Windows, the OneDrive folder is automatically added to the navigation pane in File Explorer for easy access.

OneDrive folder on File Explorer navigation pane picture below:

onedrive folder on file explorer navigation pane
onedrive folders on the file explorer navigation pane

Here’s how to hide or show the folder in Windows 11

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

If you don’t see the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} folder key, right-click on the CLSID key, then create the subkey {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} folders.

windows 11 onedrie hide from navigation pane file explorer
Windows 11 onedrive hide from navigation pane file explorer

On the right pane of the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree.

Double-click the new value name (System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree) and enter the Value data as 1 to show the OneDrive folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11.

Value data of 0 will hide the OneDrive folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11.

windows 11 onedrive registry value data option
Windows 11 onedrive registry value data option

Close out and restart your machine for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to show or hide the OneDrive folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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