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How to show drive letters first in My Computer

Published: August 01, 2005
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By default, when you open My Computer, the drive-letter for the disk drives appear after the drive description, such as:

Local Disk (C:)

Display the drive-letters first

To display drive-letters first, followed by the drive description, use these steps:

  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer

  • If not already exists, create a REG_DWORD value named ShowDriveLettersFirst
  • Double-click ShowDriveLettersFirst and set its Value data to 4
  • Exit the Registry Editor.

Here are the other possible data for ShowDriveLettersFirst registry value:

Value Data Description
0 Show drive letters after description (default)
1 Show network drive letters before description, and local drive letters after description
2 No drive letter is displayed
4 Show drive letters before description

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