How to disable the left side panel on windows explorer

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How to disable the left side panel on windows explorer
Modify the apperance of files and folders in Windows Explorer. (Icone di cartelle image by persefone from

Windows Explorer is the navigational interface that allows you to browse the files on your computer. By default, Windows Explorer displays a navigation view on the left-side panel that allows quick navigation to the root of all drives and networks. For privacy or customisation reasons, you may wish to remove the left-side panel on Windows Explorer. Windows has options that allow you to modify the appearance of the Explorer window.

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  1. 1

    Press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously on your keyboard to load the Run box.

  2. 2

    Type "Explorer" and press the "Enter" key.

  3. 3

    Click "Organize," and then "Layout." This expands the layout options

  4. 4

    Click to uncheck "Navigation Pane" in the layout options. This change takes effect immediately.

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