What is the 3D Objects Folder in Windows 10 and How Do I Remove It?

If you’re not a designer or creator, you might want to remove the 3D Objects folder from File Explorer. You can’t just delete it, but it can be removed. Here’s how.

If you are running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update you might be wondering what the 3D Object folder in File Explorer is for. The folder contains 3D items that you can use in apps like Paint 3D or Mixed Reality Viewer. Projects you work on in the 3D apps will be saved in the 3D Objects folder by default. When folders are sorted alphabetically it’s the first folder in the list.

If you’re not a designer or creator, you might just want to get rid of the folder so more important ones that you need are closer to the top of the hierarchical structure of the folder system.

3D Folder File Explorer

As its name implies, Windows 10 is pushing tools for creators of digital content that’s contained in the 3D Objects folder. You’ll find it in This PC in File Explorer.

Remove the Windows 10 3D Objects Folder

You can’t get rid of the folder by deleting it. Instead, you’ll need to do some work in the Registry.

Note: Making changes to the Windows Registry isn’t for the faint of heart and a wrong move can create system instability. Make sure to make a Registry backup, set a Restore Point, or a complete system backup before tinkering with it.

Hit the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to open the run box and type: regedit and click OK or hit Enter.

1 Run Box Regedit

Now in the Registry navigate to the following:


Expand it and locate the {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} key ­­­and delete it.

2 Registry Key

Next, head to the following path:


Again, find and delete the {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} key.

3 Delete Registry Key

Now close out of Registry editor and File Explorer if it’s open. Relaunch File Explorer and click on This PC and the 3D Objects folder should be gone.

3D Objects Folder Gone

Keep in mind that you don’t need to manually navigate to each of the registry locations shown above. You can simply copy and paste the path into the address field at the top of the Registry Editor. For more on that, check out our article on how to find Registry locations easier in Windows 10.

Are you a digital content creator and use the 3D content and tools in Windows 10? Let us know in the comment section below. Or, if you need any additional help or troubleshooting advice, join our Windows 10 Forums.



  1. joe  

    worked like a charm. thank you

    • Yevgen 4000  

      same for me

  2. fMaggie Bennett  

    As far as the 3D Objects file is concerned, it would have been nice to be able to say I didn’t want it to be installed. Instead of giving information on how to remove it if users don’t want it, and making sure that it would be difficult to do, why not just give us all the option. This is one reason why I HATE Microsoft. Constant unnecessary updates and loads of media stuff that I don’t need or want. Another example is Skype, which I don’t use but my laptop doesn’t let me do anything until Skype is on screen ready to run.

    • Blacky  

      If you don’t like any Product you are free to purchase else. You see everyone has terms and condition. If you go blindly that’s your fault. They are doing business. They are not government to whom you pay tax. And even if you wanna complaint go to customer care. Stop bitching about stuffs.

  3. Guru Stuart  

    You can move 3D Objects to the bottom of your Explorer menu just by going into C:\Users\NAME\3D Objects and renaming it as Z3D Objects. Explorer will sort it alphabetically to the bottom of the menu. No registry hassles needed.

    • AzDayton  

      Thank you Guru Stuart! Much easier, and can bring it back if needed!

    • Daniel  

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! This is my work PC so I can’t get into the registry but now I don’t have to look at this hideous thing. Couldn’t rename from Explorer so this is perfect.

      The Fall creators updates was infuriating – I’m an accountant and these pushed tools are completely useless (and wasted 2 hours of my life at quarter end) — so anything I can do to roll back, move, modify, or otherwise mess with Microsoft’s intentions makes me happy.

      Appreciate it a lot!

  4. Jennifer  

    It worked and was easy to do. Thank you!

  5. I do some 3D work, however most of my 3D work is done with Blender not Paint3D anyway so the 3D Objects folder wouldn’t really concern me. When I first saw it though I actually thought it was something to do with 3D printing, however I didn’t think 3D printing had become that popular to actual warrant a separate folder for it.

    I actually don’t get the thought process behind this extra folder though as for those of us that would use it, it would be just easy to create a sub folder from documents, and the rest of the people are just baffled by it! I have to wonder what’s next? a database folder maybe, or an accountants folder? Maybe a better idea of Microsoft would be to allow people to create their own custom libraries, that way if people want specific speciality libraries for their work they can just add them and call them what they want.

  6. Marc  

    Finally. It was sooo annoying not being able to delete this file. Thank you G Post. Brilliant!

  7. Kristy Taing  

    This worked perfectly! Thank you for the post :)

  8. Emelie  

    Worked! Thanks!

  9. James  

    Thanks very much.

    The procedure also got rid of 1 of 2 files on my desktop named ‘desktop.ini’.

    I know. — desktop.ini file(s) are normally hidden but I’ve always preferred seeing them in Explorer. Just not on my desktop.
    So again

    Thank you.

  10. holly  

    I deleted mine manually just fine.

  11. Nick  

    It worked. Clear & simple instructions.

  12. Dave  

    Another “thanks” over here. :)

  13. dsa  

    There should be an award for the genius who decided that 3D objects made in paint deserved a huge special place on the main file manager interface of Windows 10.

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