How to Show or Hide the Network folder on File Explorer Navigation pane in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to add or remove the Network folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11.

By default, the Network folder is automatically added to the navigation pane in File Explorer for easy access and a quick way to browse the network.

In most cases, users should find it useful to have the Network folder in the File Explorer navigation pane. If you find the Network folder distracting or not useful, you can remove it using the steps below.

Removing the folder from there won’t disable networking in your Windows. On the other hand, if you don’t see the Network folder on the navigation pane in File Explorer and you want to add it again, use can use the steps below to add it.

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

As mentioned above, by default, the Network folder is automatically added to the navigation pane in File Explorer for easy access and a quick way to browse the network.

The Network folder on the File Explorer navigation pane picture below:

windows 11 network folder on file explorer navigation pane
windows 11 network folder on the file explorer navigation pane

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

Show or hide the Network folder using the File Explorer navigation pane

The quickest way to hide or show the Network folder in File Explorer is to right-click on a blank area in the navigation pane and choose to show or hide the Network folder.

Right-click on a blank area of the navigation pane in File Explorer, then select check Show Network to show the folder.

Uncheck the hide the Network folder.

show or hide network folder on navigation pane in file explorer
show or hide the network folder on the navigation pane in file explorer

Show or hide the Network folder via File Explorer Folder Options

Another way one can show or hide the network folder is to use the File Explorer Folder Option.

Open File Explorer Folder Options, then select the View tab on the Folder Options window.

Under Advanced settings -> Navigation pane, check the box next to Show Network to show the Network folder.

Uncheck to hide the Network folder.

windows 11 file explorer option show or hide network folder
windows 11 file explorer option show or hide the network folder

Show or hide the Network folder in File Explorer via Windows Registry

Yet, another way to show or hide the Network folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer is to use Windows Registry.

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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

If you don’t see the {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} folder key, right-click on the CLSID key, then create the subkey {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} folders.

windows 11 registry show or hide network folder navigation pane
Windows 11 registry shows or hides the network folder navigation pane

On the right pane of the {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} 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 Network folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11.

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

windows 11 registry show or hide network folder navigation pane value data
Windows 11 registry show or hide network folder navigation pane value data

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 Network folder on the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.