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How to Remove Creative Cloud from File Explorer Sidebar

Don’t like or use the Creative Cloud Files folder? Follow these steps to unpin or remove Creative Cloud Files folder from File Explorer sidebar in Windows 10.

When you install any new Adobe product, like Adobe XD or Adobe Photoshop, it automatically adds the Creative Cloud Files folder to the File Explorer’s sidebar. This folder is located within your home directory located in the C drive and is mainly used to store and sync your files with Adobe cloud.

If you store your files somewhere and don’t use Adobe Sync, then you can simply remove the folder and free up some real estate on the File Explorer sidebar. After all, the sidebar is for accessing folders and drives quickly and efficiently. Having a useless folder serves no purpose.


So, without further ado, let me show how you can remove creative cloud files folder in File Explorer in Windows 10.

Remove Creative Cloud Files Folder

Unfortunately, Adobe doesn’t offer any easy way to unpin the Creative Cloud Files folder. You need to make changes the Windows Registry Editor. Just follow the steps as is and you will be good.

Before proceeding, I strongly recommend you take a registry backup. The backup helps you restore the registry if anything bad happens or if you want the folder back.

1. First, open the registry editor by searching for “Registry Editor” in the start menu. Alternatively, you can also use the “regedit” run command.

2. Once the Registry Editor has been opened, select “Computer” on the left panel. Next, press Ctrl + F keyboard shortcut to open the Find tool. You can also select “Edit → Find”.


3. In the Find window, type “Creative Cloud Files” and click on the “Find Next” button.


4. The above action will search for that specific string and takes you to a folder inside the “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” folder.


5. On the right panel, double-click on the “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” value.


6. Type “0” in the Value Data field and click on the “Ok” button to save changes.


7. Close Windows Registry Editor and File Explorer if it is opened.

8. Re-open or launch the File Explorer and you will no longer see the Creative Cloud Files folder.


If you are still seeing the folder, the changes might not be applied properly. Reboot the system and the folder should disappear.

Since we’ve only unpinned the folder, you can still access it by going to “C:\Users\<username>\Creative Cloud Files”. So, even if you are using Adobe Sync feature, it shouldn’t hinder you.

If you ever want to get it back, simply go through the process again and type “1” in step 6.

Wrapping Up

That is all. It is that simple to unpin Creative Cloud Files folder in File Explorer in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

If you like this article, do check out how to remove 3D Objects folder in File Explorer in Windows 10.

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