Windows has come with six top-level folders for generations: Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update added a seventh feature in October 2017: 3D Objects. The folder is intended to serve as a natural save location for content created with Windows’ new 3D apps like Paint 3D. However, most Windows 10 users are unlikely to find it useful, so we’ll show you how to Delete 3D Objects in this guide.
How to remove “3D Objects” from This PC in Windows 10
3D Objects is found in the C:UsersUsername3D Objects folder of your user profile. We won’t actually delete the folder, partly because doing so might cause issues with any 3D apps that assume it exists. Instead, we’ll concentrate on hiding it in File Explorer’s sidebar and the “This PC” screen, which will help to clean up the interface.
To make this change, you’ll need to edit the registry. As always, use caution when editing the registry – making the wrong change can result in serious issues with Windows. To access the Registry Editor, go to the Start menu and type “regedit” (you’ll need to be logged in as an administrator).
Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following key using the tree view or the address bar:
Look for the following key in the tree view to the left of the registry editor window:
Internally, this cryptic key is used to identify the 3D Objects folder. To delete a key, right-click it and select “Delete.” To make it easier to undo this change in the future, you might want to click “Export” first.
Then, using the tree view or the address bar, navigate to the next key. If you have a 64-bit Windows installation, this will be present. You can skip this step if you’re using a 32-bit PC because you’ve already finished the guide.
In the tree view, locate the sub-key for the 3D Objects folder (refer to the section above), right-click it, and select “Delete.”
You should be able to open File Explorer now and notice that the 3D Objects folder is no longer visible in This PC.
It’s a minor change, but it aids in keeping your PC tidy if you’re never going to create 3D content. Adding a top-level folder for such a niche discipline feels contrived and unnecessary for the vast majority of Windows users, despite Microsoft’s desire to promote Windows’ “creators” features. Simply recreate the registry sub-keys you removed in this guide if you ever want to restore the folder to This PC.
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