How to Show Libraries in Windows 10’s File Explorer

Learn what to do to get this feature back right away

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  • The Libraries feature was popular among Windows users, who have been looking for easy ways to use it on Windows 10 as well.
  • Unlike previous OSs, Windows 10 does not have Libraries enabled by default.
  • You can toggle it on via File Explorer in a few steps, as shown in our guide.
  • We also have dedicated sections to teach you how to further customize Libraries, as well as fix any related issues.
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Libraries were introduced in Windows 7, and since then they become a very useful way to organize your files. And many users have been looking for ways to show the Libraries in Windows 10.

But, for some reason, the Libraries item is missing from the Navigation panel in Windows 10, by default.

If you use the Libraries to sort files, you might want it back, and here are a couple of ways to do it.

How can I use Libraries in Windows 10 Explorer?

1. Show Libraries in Windows 10

1. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer.

3. Click on the View tab from the top menu.

click on the view tab in file explorer

4. Click on the Navigation pane option on the left.

navigate to navigation pane in file explorer

5. Choose Show libraries from the drop-down menu.

enable libraries windows 10 setting

6. The Libraries item will now show in the Navigation panel on the left.

open libraries in windows 10

The Libraries feature in File Explorer needs to be manually enabled before you can use it. And this is how you can show Libraries in Windows 10. The process is simple and wouldn’t take more than a minute.

2. Open Libraries with the context menu

  1. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer, right-click on the left portion, and select Show libraries from the context libraries
  2. The Libraries will now show in the navigation pane in Windows 10.libraries

3. Show Libraries using the Folder Options

  1. Press Windows + E to open the File Explorer, go to the View menu, and click on Options.folder options
  2. Navigate to the View tab, scroll down to the bottom, select Show libraries under Navigation pane, and click library in Windows 10

4. Open Libraries in Windows 10

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run command, type the following command in the text field, and click OK:shell:Librariesshell:libraries
  2. The Libraries folder will now open and show in File Explorer on Windows 10.libraries

This command is a special shell command which will open the Libraries folder directly in your File Explorer.

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5. Customize Libraries in Windows 10

  1. Press Windows + R to open Run, type regedit in the text field, and click OK.regedit
  2. Click Yes in the UAC prompt.
  3. Paste the following path in the address bar and hit Enter:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}paste path
  4. Doubel-click on the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree on the key
  5. Enter 1 under Value data and click on OK to save the changes.enter 1

The libraries will now show in the File Explorer on Windows 11, and can easily be accessed from there.

If you can’t edit your Windows 10’s registry, read our handy guide and find the quickest solutions to the issue.

6. Fix Libraries issues

Having an issue with your libraries can be a great problem, especially if you stock your data in those folders.

For those of you having problems with libraries, we suggest you check our guide on fixing the Music Library.

It is a quick fix that will basically reset your Libraries, and you can apply this fix not only for the Music folder but also for Videos, Pictures, and Documents.

That should be all. We don’t know why Microsoft decided to exclude Libraries from the default Navigation bar, but as you can see, you can easily bring it back.

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If you have some questions or comments, please express yourself in the comment section, below.

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