Steps to Show/ Hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8 File Explorer

In Windows Explorer or File Explorer (Windows 8) you must have come across the navigation pane. It appears at the left pane of explorer and allows easier navigation to different location on the system like drives, computer, recent visited folders, libraries, Network, downloads, etc. The tutorial shows how to hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8 File Explorer.Show Hide Navigation Pane Windows 8Navigation Pane in the Windows Explorer is by default enabled. There might be users who may dislike Navigation pane or want to hide it to trick other users. Here is how you can Show or Hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8 File Explorer.

Show or Hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8 File Explorer

  • Open File Explorer and click on the View tab at the top
  • Next, in the ribbon above, click on the Navigation Pane button

Hide Show Navigation Pane

  • From the Navigation pane menu, check the box Show the Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Or uncheck the box, to Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows 8

That’s all. It is just a simple way to Show or Hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8 File Explorer.

Registry Tweak to show or hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8

  • Before using the registry tweak make sure to create a restore point. Now to create a .REG File open notepad and copy and paste the following entries to show navigation Pane

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
“PageSpaceControlSizer”=hex:be,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,f3,03,00,00

  • Or copy the following the entries to Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows 8

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
“PageSpaceControlSizer”=hex:be,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,f3,03,00,00

  • Save the note file with any name you like with a .reg extension
  • Now double click on it to run the newly created .reg file to merge the entries with the system registry editor.
  • Upon prompted, click Run or OK (UAC).

To increase or decrease the width of navigation pane, simply drag the right border outward in File Explorer. The chosen settings for navigation pane i.e. either to hide or show it in File Explorer will be applicable to all folders in that user account.

Upon following the simple tutorial here you can easily show or hide Navigation Pane in Windows 8 File Explorer.

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