Hide drive letter in Windows Explorer

By default, each drive or partition under Windows has its own drive letter . For historical reasons, this begins with the drive letter “A:” and ends with “Z:”. The letters “A” and “B” are traditionally reserved for floppy drives, the system partition usually has the drive designation “C:”.

How you can adapt or change the drive letter yourself, we explained in detail in our article ” Change drive letter in Windows 10 “.

Today we would like to show you how you can hide the drive letter from Windows Explorer so that the user does not see this information at all. This works on the one hand directly through a setting in Windows Explorer and on the other hand through a registry adjustment.

Hide drive letters in Explorer.

In Windows Explorer itself there is an option with which you can switch off the display of the drive letter. You can find this in the Explorer Options, i.e. just in the Explorer Ribbon bar at the top


click and in the following window the tab


select, as you can see here in the picture.

Explorer Show drive letter

In this Explorer Options window there is now the decisive option, which is called as follows:

Show drive letter

Here you just have to remove the tick and then click on “Apply”. Now the same Explorer window in the area of ​​the drives looks like this.

Drives without a drive letter

As you can see, the previous drive letters are now removed. However, this only affects the display in Explorer, the drive letters of course remain assigned to the individual hard drives or partitions as before.

Hide drive letters via registry

The same also works with registry adjustments. Simply open the Windows editor for registration (regedit) and switch to the following key.

Computer HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer


Here is the entry


This entry “ShowDriveLetterFirst” can have the following values:

0 = All drive letters are displayed in Windows Explorer
2 = All drive letters are hidden

However, these changes only become active after a Windows reboot.

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