How to Disable Navigation Pane in Windows

The navigation pane can be a useful tool to get around your computer, but also can take up space on the explorer window. To remove the navigation pane windows makes it a very easy process, this tutorial will show you how.


Step # 1 – Identify the Navigation Pane

First, click “Start” and open “Documents”. This will open an explorer window and you will see that there are several elements to the window. The “Navigation pane” is the column on the left which lists different locations in your computer.

The navigation pane

Step # 2 – Removing the Pane

To remove the navigation pane windows makes it simple. Just click the “Organize” button on the top left side of the explorer window. Navigate to “Layout” and in the list that appears you will see “Navigation pane” with a small tick to the left hand side. Click on “Navigation pane” and the menu will close and the navigation pane disappears.

Locating the Navigation pane option

Step # 3 – Confirming Removal

This will remove the navigation pane not just from “Documents” but from all explorer windows. To see this, click “Start” and then “Computer”. You will see that there is no navigation pane here either.

Navigation pane no longer appears in any Explorer window