How to hide Creative Cloud from Windows Explorer

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One of the annoyances with Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering is that it adds an entry to Explorer’s sidebar, normally above OneDrive and other cloud space suppliers, and there’s no way to remove it using any option supplied by the software…

There is a way to hide it though, but it requires messing with the Windows registry… you’ll need to navigate to key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-F4F1D1A9AAC4}

and change the value:

System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree

from 1, to 0. You should immediately see the change, even without logging out, by closing and reopening all Windows Explorer windows.

If you don’t know how to safely use the Regedit application I’d STRONGLY suggest that you don’t touch it. Making the wrong change will damage your Windows installation to the point it may need to be reinstalled from scratch!

But if you know how to use, and it’s reasonably simple to learn, this is a sure way to get rid of that annoyance. Be advised that it will reappear on it’s own from time to time, and you’ll have to edit that registry value again. In my experience this tweak lasts about 2 months, I get the feeling that every time the Creative Cloud application is updated it resets the registry value, but I can’t be sure.

Hope this helps all Windows based designers out there! 🙂

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