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How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Scott W.34
New member | Level 1

I don't notice it on Win8.1, but I have already hacked out a bunch of stuff in the registry on Win8.1. I have the Dropbox folder conveniently located in the root of a second hard drive, I don't need the link cluttering up the Navigation Pane, or the Desktop for that matter.

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Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Pikamander2
Super User

Okay, I think I figured out how to do it. There's only one key value that you have to change, but you also have to change its permissions so that Dropbox won't change it back.

 

First you have to go to:

 

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}

 

And set the System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree value to 0.

 

This will remove it from the File Explorer's navigation pane.

 

Afterwards, you'll need to prevent Dropbox from changing the value back.

 

To do this, right click the {E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A} key and then click Permissions. Click Advanced, and then click Add. In the dialog box that appears, type Everyone, and then click OK. Change the type to Deny, and make it apply to This key only. Click Show advanced permissions, and check the Set Value box.

 

Afterwards, click OK and Dropbox should no longer be able to modify that value. Hopefully Dropbox or Microsoft will make this kind of thing easier someday.

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Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Brandon B.1
Helpful | Level 6

Agreed. I have the Dropbox folder under "Quick access" -- I do not need or want it loitering elsewhere in the Navigation pane.

(Windows 10; paying Dropbox Pro user)

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Rich
Super User II

That's a Windows 10 option; not Dropbox. Right-click it and select Unpin from Quick Access.

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Brandon B.1
Helpful | Level 6

I am referring to the Dropbox link in the navigation pane, not to anything in the Quick Access section.

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Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Scott W.34
New member | Level 1

Yip, that one. 

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Gunnar T.
New member | Level 1

Here is how i got rid of it:

  • Hit "Windows-Key + R", type "regedit" and then "OK".
  • Go to the paths
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder
  • Double click on "Attributes"
  • Change the value from f080004d to f090004d
  • Open Task Manager and kill every "explorer.exe"-process under "Details"
  • Restart "explorer.exe" with "File -> New Task"

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Quatre Z.
New member | Level 1

Update : ... aaaaaaaaaaaand it's back.

Amazing ! This worked for me. 

The first 2 entries were empty in my Registry though, no ShellFolders at all, probably cause I already disabled some Dropbox right-click features with Glary/CCleaner before. So they may not be related to this particular issue.

I only had the last two, replaced them as you suggested, and this did the trick.

Thank you !

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Chris C.30
New member | Level 1

It keeps coming back after a restart.

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Brandon B.1
Helpful | Level 6

Thank you, Gunnar. That worked beautifully.

Re: How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10?

Brandon B.1
Helpful | Level 6

I spoke too soon. It has returned. Examining the registry, the "Attributes" value changed back to "f080004d". And after several edits and reboots, this has reverted back several times. So something in Dropbox itself is actively preventing me from removing this obnoxious link in the navigation pane.

I'm pretty annoyed. I do not like paying money for something that then wastes my time and ignores my wishes.

How might one file a formal complaint with the people I gave my money for Dropbox Pro?

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