“This PC” is one of the important components you can see in the left sidebar of the File Explorer. You can get quick access to your local drives, Desktop, Downloads, Pictures, and other folders by using This PC. This page shows you how to remove folders from This PC on your Windows 11 and how to restore them if you need them back.

Have you ever noticed the “This PC” section in your File Explorer? As a normal Windows computer user, you may say YES. This PC is an important part of the File Explorer (previously known as Windows Explorer) and it is used frequently by users. In general, you can find 2 categories in This PC Windows 11:

  • Folders (it contains Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, etc.)
  • Devices and drives (all your local drives and external devices connected to the PC will be displayed here).

If you don’t want some folders to appear under This PC, you can go to change the settings manually.

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About This PC in Windows 11

Later in this article, I’ll walk you through the exact steps to remove folders from This PC Windows 11. But before that, I’d like to introduce This PC to you in brief; if you know well about it, please skip this part.

Tip: You’re advised to visit the home page to get some useful tools for your Windows 11 computer: disk manager, data recovery tool, system backup utility, screen recorder, video converter, etc.

What Is This PC

This PC is actually My Computer. Microsoft changed the name of this unit from “My Computer” to “Computer” and finally named it “This PC”. Starting Windows 8, This PC is used to replace the previous names. There’s no particular reason why Microsoft did so.

Windows 11 This PC

How to find This PC on Windows 11?

You can open the File Explorer (previously named Windows Explorer) on Windows 11 and then select This PC easily in the left pane. Here are some common ways to open File Explorer:

  • Press Windows + E (the easiest and most direct way).
  • Click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar if there’s one.
  • Right click on the Start button (or press Windows + X) -> select File Explorer.
  • Press Windows + S -> type File Explorer -> press Enter.
  • Type explorer into Command Prompt, Task Manager, Run dialog box, and Windows PowerShell -> press Enter.
  • Open from other File Explorer shortcuts.
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Create File Explorer Shortcut

How to add File Explorer shortcut on Windows 11?

  • Pin to Quick access: open File Explorer -> right click on This PC -> select Pin to Quick access.
  • Pin to Start: click the Start icon on the taskbar (or press Start on the keyboard) -> go to All apps -> find File Explorer and right click on it -> select Pin to Start from the context menu.
  • Pin to taskbar: open Start menu -> go to All apps -> right click on File Explorer -> choose More -> click Pin to taskbar.
  • Add to desktop: open File Explorer -> locate This PC in the left pane -> drag and drop it to the desktop directly.

Pin File Explorer to Start

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Rename This PC Back to My Computer

If you prefer the previous name “My Computer” over the new name “This PC”, you can rename it by following this guide.

  1. Open File Explorer on Windows 11.
  2. Locate This PC in the left sidebar.
  3. Right click on This PC and select Rename.
  4. Type My Computer and press Enter.

How to Remove Folders from This PC Windows 11

It’s easy to remove folder from Quick access Windows 11: you should open File Explorer -> locate the folder you want to remove under the Quick access section -> right click on the folder -> select Unpin from Quick access.

However, this method doesn’t work when you want to remove a folder from This PC Windows 11. Please refer to the methods mentioned below to remove folders you don’t want on your PC Windows 11.

Method 1: Remove This PC Folders by Modifying Registry Values

If you don’t want to see Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders under This PC anymore, please follow this guide.

  1. Open Registry Editor on Windows 11: press Windows + R -> type regedit -> click OK or press Enter.
  2. Copy and paste this into the top address bar of the opening Registry Editor: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions.
  3. Press Enter to locate the FolderDescriptions folder in the left pane.
  4. Locate the folder you want to remove from This PC Windows 11 by looking at the {GUID} key.
  5. Expand the folder and select PropertyBag under it.
  6. Right click on the ThisPCPolicy value in the right pane and select Modify.
  7. Change the Value data from Show to Hide.
  8. Click on the OK button to confirm.
  9. Then, the corresponding folder will be removed from “This PC”.

This PC folders and the corresponding {GUID} keys.

  • Desktop: {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}
  • Documents: {f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}
  • Downloads: {7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}
  • Music: {a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}
  • Pictures: {0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}
  • Videos: {35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}


Some users said they can’t find the ThisPCPolicy value on their Windows 11. What to do in this case? They should right click on the blank section in the right pane -> select New -> click String Value. Then, name it as ThisPCPolicy, change the Value data to Hide, and click OK to confirm.

Can you get back removed This PC folders Windows 11? Of course yes.

Please add Desktop (Documents, Downloads, and other folders) back to This PC on Windows 11 by following this: you should repeat the steps mentioned above to open Registry Editor, select PropertyBag under certain folders, and set the value data of ThisPCPolicy back to Show.


There are many third-party Tweakers designed to help you customize your This PC folders according to actual needs.

Method 2: Remove This PC Folders by Deleting {GUID} Keys

You still have another choice in terms of removing folders from This PC – delete the corresponding {GUID} key or keys from Registry Editor.

  1. Follow the steps mentioned in method 1 to open Registry Editor on Windows 11.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions.
  3. Expand the FolderDescriptions folder and look for the folder(s) you want to remove.
  4. Right click on the target {GUID} key and select Delete. Then, confirm your selection.
  5. Repeat step 4 to delete other {GUID} keys representing different folders included in This PC.

If you want to restore the This PC folders removed in this way, you should create new {GUID} keys and give them the previous names.

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How to Remove OneDrive Folders from This PC

Some Windows 11 users also want to remove OneDrive folders from This PC (the OneDrive option appears in the left pane of File Explorer).

Method 1: Uninstall Microsoft OneDrive

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Click Apps & features.
  4. Find Microsoft OneDrive.
  5. Click on the three vertical dots icon and select Uninstall.
  6. Click Uninstall to confirm.

Uninstall Microsoft OneDrive

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Method 2: Remove OneDrive via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.
  3. Double click IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree.
  4. Change the Value data to 0 and click OK.
  5. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.
  6. Double click IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree.
  7. Change the Value data to 0 and click OK.

The Pro and Enterprise users can also disable OneDrive using the Local Group Policy Editor.

Tips for Removing Folders from Start Menu & Hiding Libraries

How to Remove Folder from Windows 11 Start Menu

  1. Open Windows 11 Start menu by clicking on the Start icon or pressing the Start button.
  2. Select Settings and shift to Personalization in the left pane.
  3. Click Start in the right pane.
  4. Click Folders (These folders appear on Start next to the Power button).
  5. Decide which folders to remove from the Start menu.
  6. Flip the switch of certain folders to Off to remove them.

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How to Remove Libraries on Windows 11 in File Explorer

How to hide Libraries in File Explorer:

  1. Open File Explorer as you usually do.
  2. Click on the three dots icon in the top taskbar menu.
  3. Select Options from the drop-down menu.
  4. The Folder Options window will show up on your screen.
  5. Shift to the View tab at the top.
  6. Locate the Navigation pane section under the Advanced settings.
  7. Uncheck Show libraries.
  8. Click Apply and then OK.

You can also uncheck Network and This PC options to remove them from File Explorer.

Remove libraries from File Explorer

How to show Libraries in File Explorer:

You should repeat steps 1 ~ 6, check Show libraries, and click OK. You can then add files or folders to Windows 11 Libraries if you want.

How to show or hide the Libraries folder on Windows 11 in File Explorer more easily?

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Right click on the blank area in the left pane.
  3. Click Show libraries to check or uncheck this option.

Click this link if you want to hide or delete the Recycle Bin icon in Windows 11.

Remove Folders & Files on Windows 11

When you find some folders and files saved on your Windows 11 PC are not useful anymore, you must want to remove or delete them, right? How to delete folder in Windows 11? How to delete files on Windows 11? The following sections tell you all.

How to Remove Your Folders & Files Windows 11

The folders and files will be sent to your Recycle Bin (you can go to Empty Recycle Bin if you like).

Method 1: use the toolbar delete icon.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Select This PC in the left pane.
  3. Navigate to the files or folders you don’t need.
  4. Select all the folders and files.
  5. Click on the delete icon in the toolbar at the top.

Click on the toolbar delete icon

Method 2: use the context menu.

  1. Go to File Explorer -> This PC.
  2. Access the drive that contains your folders and files.
  3. Select the folders or files you want to remove.
  4. Right click on any of the selected items.
  5. Click on the delete icon at the top navigation bar of the context menu.

Also, you can delete items from the legacy context menu: repeat step 1 to step 4 -> select Show more options -> click Delete to remove the selected items.

Method 3: press Delete on the keyboard.

  1. Also, you need to navigate to the files and folders you want to remove.
  2. Select them all and they’ll be highlighted.
  3. Press the Delete button on your keyboard.

Method 4: drag and drop.

  1. Navigate to the files and folders.
  2. Select them all.
  3. Drag the items and drop them to the Recycle Bin.

What if you can’t remove folders from This PC? Please use the following ways to force delete them.

How to force delete files or folders in Windows 11:

  • Find and select the files & folders and then press Shift + Delete on your keyboard (they will be deleted permanently, instead of being sent to Recycle Bin).
  • Open Command Prompt and then execute corresponding commands.
  • Boot to Windows 11 Safe Mode and then try to delete the files/folders again.
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How to Recover Deleted Folders/Files

If you have deleted the folders or files you need by mistake, you must want to restore them. What should you do?

Step 1: select a professional recovery tool.

You should browse the data recovery tools designed for the Windows platform. Make sure it is reliable and supports Windows 11.

Step 2: download & install the recovery tool.

You should download the recovery tool from a safe link or visit the official website to download it. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to install the tool properly on your Windows 11 PC.

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Step 3: launch the recovery tool to recover permanently deleted files Windows 11.

How to recover deleted files Windows 11 using MiniTool Power Data Recovery:

  1. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
  2. Make sure This PC is selected in the left sidebar and the Logical Drives tab is selected in the right pane.
  3. Double click on the drive that contains your deleted files and folders.
  4. Wait for the scan and browse the Deleted Files entry.
  5. Select the deleted folders and files you want to recover.
  6. Click Save to select a storage path and click OK to confirm.
  7. Wait until all the items have been restored to the appointed location.

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This page introduces This PC in the beginning and shows you how to use & customize it in brief. Then, it demonstrates 2 ways to help you remove folders from This PC Windows 11. Then, it teaches Windows 11 users how to remove the OneDrive folder, remove folders from the Start menu, and remove Libraries. In the end, a wonderful data recovery tool is recommended and the steps of how to restore files and folders on Windows 11 are displayed to you.

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