The file explorer or Windows Explorer present in all recent versions of Windows operating systems offer easy navigation options. The explorer sports next and back buttons and then there is left-pane or navigation pane.
The left navigation pane in Windows Explorer shows your favorite locations, libraries, homegroup, My Computer, and Network. The best thing about the navigation pane is that you add new locations to Favorites for quick access. However, not all users use all feature of the navigation pane some users may want to remove default libraries, homegroup or network icons from the navigation pane.
There have been some manual ways to add/remove items from explorer navigation pane (left pane in explorer) in Windows 7. For those who would like to add/remove items from the navigation pane without opening Windows Registry, we have a fantastic tool to share with you.
Windows 7 Navigation Pane Customizer is a standalone utility, from the developer of Windows 7 Taskbar Pinner, that enables you add or remove navigation pane items in a jiffy. For instance, you can remove Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, and Network from the explorer left pane using this utility.
On the other side, it also lets you add new items such as Control Panel and Recycle Bin to the navigation pane.
Run the utility, uncheck items that you want to remove from the explorer navigation pane and click Apply Settings button. The utility will automatically restart the explorer to apply new settings. If you change the look of Windows Explorer and want to to make it more functional by adding new features, then you should check out our 7 free tools to tweak and customize Windows 7 Explorer guide.