Remove 3D Objects Folder from This PC in Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 come with a set of folders (6) shown in This PC view. With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, a new folder has been added to list of folders in This PC; it’s the 3D Objects folder where the Paint 3D app saves files by default.

"3d objects" folder in this pc
3D Objects folder in This PC namespace view

We saw how to remove the 6 special folders in the article Remove Quick access and User Folders from File Explorer. This article describes how to remove the 3D Objects folder from This PC — both in the tree view as well as in the right pane.

Remove 3D Objects special folder from This PC

To remove the 3D Objects folder icon from Computer (This PC), follow these steps:

Option 1:

This option removes the 3D Objects folder icon for your user account only. This is preferred if you want to make changes only in your profile, or if you don’t have administrator privileges.

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and go to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  2. Create a subkey named HideMyComputerIcons
  3. With HideMyComputerIcons selected, create a REG_DWORD (32-bit) value named {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}
  4. Double-click {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} and sets its data to 1
  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

… where {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} is the unique identifier for the 3D Objects shell folder.

To automate the above steps, use this REG below:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons]
"{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}"=dword:00000001

Undo information: To reverse the above registry modification to get the 3D Objects folder icon back, simply delete the DWORD value {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} in the above registry location. Alternately, use this REG file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons]
"{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}"=-

Option 2:

This option removes the 3D Objects folder icon for every user account on the computer. This method requires administrator privileges.



  1. Download remove-3d-objects-folder.zip and extract the contents to a folder.
  2. Double-click to run the file remove-3d-objects-folder.reg to remove the 3D Objects special folder from This PC.
  3. Click Yes when prompted. This REG fix clears the following registry key(s)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}

    … where the GUID {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} is the unique identifier for 3D Objects shell namespace object.

Note that deleting the above key(s) just hides the 3D Objects folder from the This PC namespace view, but the actual folder can be accessed by typing the following path in the File Explorer address bar.

C:\Users\%username%\3D Objects

That’s it! This removes the 3D Objects folder from This PC. In case you change your mind and want to restore the 3D Objects icon back, run the appropriate “restore” REG file for your system (32-bit vs 64-bit Windows).

Replace 3D Objects folder with a custom folder

Here’s a fun tip! If you want to replace the 3D Objects folder with a custom folder location of your choice, here’s a registry edit for you. Let’s say you want to add your custom Tools folder in place of 3D Objects folder.

  1. Create a .reg file from the following contents:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}\DefaultIcon]
    @="d:\\tools\\tools.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
    "TargetFolderPath"="D:\\Tools"
    "TargetKnownFolder"=""

    The above registry settings replace the 3D Objects folder with the Tools folder (located in D:\ drive).

  2. Download a nice looking icon for that folder, name it as tools.ico, and store it in the same folder.
    (You can modify the target folder path in the above REG file accordingly. However, in the REG file, make sure to use double backslashes for path instead of a single backslash.)
  3. After creating a .reg file, double-click the file to merge the contents with the registry. Open File Explorer now.
    The custom folder would show up in place of the 3D Objects folder in This PC.

    3d objects replace custom folder
    3D Objects folder replaced by a custom folder

To undo the above setting (to get back the 3D Objects folder back), use the following registry settings:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}]

That’s it. This brings back the 3D Objects folder to This PC.


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