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How to Get Rid of Creative Cloud Files from File Explorer Sidebar in Windows


The Creative Cloud feature serves a number of purposes including storage of Creative Cloud File applications and syncing of files to Creative Cloud storage space. Unfortunately, some users find it irrelevant especially if they do not use storage space in the Creative Cloud or have an alternative storage space. This prompts the decluttering of File Explorer entries by removing Creative Cloud Files from the sidebar.

Creative Cloud FilesHowever, removing Creative Cloud Files from File Explorer sidebar in Windows can be quite a grueling task. You have probably tried getting rid of it, but you still come across it in File Explorer regardless of whether you actually intend to utilize its storage feature. Currently, there is no way to remove File Explorer Sidebar entry via Creative Cloud settings. In this feature, we will discuss the best way to remove Creative Cloud Files from File Explorer sidebar in Windows.

It is worth noting that removing Creative Cloud Files from File Explorer sidebar does not necessarily mean that you will also get rid of the folder itself or its storage and syncing features. The file folder can still be accessed under /C:/Users/User. Sometimes, it adds a shortcut to itself in the favorites section in File Explorer. Deleting Creative Cloud folder or its favorite is just a temporary solution to the problem.

So is there a permanent solution?

  1. 1. First you will need to launch Windows registry. To do this, press Windows Key + R
  2. 2. Type Regedit in the run box then press enter
  3. 3. Authorize any user control prompts to launch the utility function
  4. 4. Search for Creative Cloud Files from the Find command
  5. 5. The primary way of getting rid of Creative Cloud Files is to access the correct registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/CLSID
  6. 6. To access the registry key, you need to search for it with the Find command by pressing Control + F
  7. 7. Type Creative Cloud Files. Uncheck the boxes that are labeled Keys and Values.

By default, Creative Cloud Files has its value data at 1. “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” is the key word used to modify the changes.

  1. 1. Double click on it to see its value.
  2. 2. Set the value of “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” from 1 to 0(zero).
  3. 3. Click OK.
  4. 4. Quit the page and restart File Explorer.
  5. 5. You will notice that Creative Cloud Files is no longer present in the File Explorer sidebar.
  6. 6. Rebooting the computer or PC will also allow File Explorer to register the changes made.

Removing Creative Cloud File from File Explorer Sidebar does not disable the syncing and storage features. You can always change system preferences in your settings. Sync is usually turned on by default, you can either turn it on/ off from the desktop application provided by Creative Cloud. The storage location in Creative Cloud Folder is found in the application’s menu preferences on the Files tab.

To restore Creative Cloud Files in File Explorer Sidebar, you need to repeat the steps above. Double click on “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree”. Change its value from (zero) 0 to 1 then relaunch File Explorer. You could also Reboot the Computer or PC. You will notice that Creative Cloud Files will reappear in the File Explorer sidebar in Windows.

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