How to Show or Hide Details, Preview, and Navigation Pane in Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s get started.

What is the Details Pane in File Explorer and How to Hide or Show it?

Details pane is a pane on the right side of the File Explorer. It displays information about the file or folder you selected. Information varies based on the selected item.

By default, it is not visible in the File Explorer window. Also, remember that when you show it:

  • It replaces the preview pane if the latter is already activated.
  • This applies to every folder.

Remember that both hiding and showing are the same steps.

The steps are:

Press this keyboard shortcut Windows + E to open the File Explorer.

Hit the View at the top.

Hover your mouse over “Show.”

Click on the “Details pane.” Remember that the tick mark beside the Details pane means it is enabled.

That’s all.

What is the Preview Pane in File Explorer and How to Hide or Show it?

The preview pane, a pane on the right side of the File Explorer, displays the contents of the selected file. Please note that this does not apply to certain file types, such as .exe.

You can’t find it in Windows 11 File Explorer by default.

Remember that when you show the preview pane, then:

  • It replaces the details pane if the latter is already enabled.
  • This applies to every folder.

Remember that the steps for hiding and showing the preview pane are the same.

The steps are:

Press this keyboard shortcut Windows + E to open the File Explorer.

Hit the View at the top.

Hover your mouse over “Show.”

Click on the “Preview pane.” Remember that the tick mark beside the Preview pane means it is enabled.

That’s all.

How to Show or Hide Preview Handlers in Windows 11

Preview handlers display the content of text file types in the preview pane when the file is selected.

Let’s see the steps to hide or show it on Windows 11.

To hide preview handlers, follow these steps:

Open the File Explorer Options.

Navigate to the View tab.

Disable the “Show preview handlers in preview pane” option. You can find this one between the “Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items” and the “Show status bar.”

Click the “OK” button at the bottom.

Note: You can view the preview handlers by following the steps above and selecting instead of unselecting.

Alternate Method

Open Registry Editor. I recommend backing up the Registry before proceeding.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Double-click ShowPreviewHandlers in the right pane.

Provide 0 (to hide) or 1 (to show) in the Value data field. 

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

The navigation pane is a pane on the left side of the File Explorer.

This one is for navigation, and you can find Quick access, OneDrive, This PC, and Network here by default.

Windows 11 File Explorer shows it by default. Remember that both hiding and showing are the same steps.

The steps are:

Press this keyboard shortcut Windows + E to open the File Explorer.

Hit the View at the top.

Hover your mouse over “Show.”

Click on the “Navigation pane.” Remember that the tick mark beside the Navigation pane means it is enabled.

That’s all.

How to Customize the Navigation Pane

You can also customize the navigation pane if you wish. Here’s how:

Launch the File Explorer by pressing Windows + E.

Right-click on the space in the navigation pane.

These options are now available to you:

  • Show This PC – Click on this to show or hide This PC on the left-hand sidebar.
  • Show Network – Click on this to display or hide the Network.
  • Show libraries – Hit this to show or hide libraries on the left sidebar.
  • Show all folders – Enabling this option will display Quick Access and Desktop in the navigation pane. Quick access items will be placed under the former, and the remaining items will be placed under the latter. In addition, Recycle Bin, DVD drive, Libraries, User’s Files, and Control Panel are now available on the navigation pane.
  • Expand to current folder – If you enable this option, the navigation pane will show the current folder you are in.

Play with the above options as per your wish.

You can also perform the same task by following these steps:

Open File Explorer Options.

Navigate to the View tab.

You will see the following options under the Navigation pane: Always show availability status, Expand to open folder, Show all folders, Show libraries, Show Network, and Show This PC.

Except for the former, everything is the same as you see above. Check (to enable or show) or uncheck (to hide or disable) them as desired.

Always show availability status – Enabling it will show the OneDrive files and folders availability status if you’re using Files On-Demand.

Here is an alternate method to enable (or show) or disable (or hide) some of the above options:

Open the Registry Editor. Before you proceed, I suggest you make a backup of the Registry.

Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

On the right, you can see the following DWORDs:

For Expand to open folder – NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder

For Always show availability status – NavPaneShowAllCloudStates

For Show all folders – NavPaneShowAllFolders

For the one you want, follow these steps: Double-click on it. You must enter 1 in the Value data field to enable or show it. You can disable or hide it by entering 0 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

How to Add or Remove OneDrive from the Navigation Pane

Here are the steps to remove OneDrive:

Launch the Registry Editor. Before proceeding, I recommend backing up the Registry.

Go to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > CLSID > {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

On the right, you can see System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree. Double-click on it.

In the Value data field, replace 1 with 0. Click the OK button.

That’s it. OneDrive is no longer visible in the File Explorer navigation pane.

Notes

  • It’s still possible to access the OneDrive root folder by typing onedrive in the File Explorer address bar and then pressing the Enter key.
  • If you need to add OneDrive to the navigation pane, then you need to change from 0 to 1.