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, or higher, 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 want to get rid of the folder, so the 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

Remember that you don’t need to navigate to each of the registry locations shown above manually. You can 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.

      • Ann

        Because, in a free market, if you don’t like something, it must be your fault.

      • Lily

        “Free to purchase else” like what iOS? Please.
        As for them “doing business”, it’s another laugh. A business sells a product. Customers buy the product. If you are forced to use a product and they are “doing business” by making it not what you want but what they want so as to push more products and collect data to sell to third parties, making it hard of impossible to customize a digital product, it’s not “business”, it’s just BS.

  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. Darren Forster

    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.

  14. Dassie Macleod

    This worked flawlessly (I must save this and repeat this on all my computers).
    Who in God’s name comes up with a system, where one has to go into the Registry to delete folder in one’s home directory? Just think about this for a moment and you will be as stumped as I am. For the love of God, Microsoft…
    What a difference Linux is.

  15. Preets

    Excellent work! Recently got new laptop, and it only just appeared. Now it has disappeared :-)

  16. Jon

    I deleted both keys, 3D Objects is still there. I restarted. It’s really weird and frustrating. If I open C:\ from This PC, it’s fine. I then add users to the string, and it’s still fine. But when I add Jon to the string, it switches to
    This PC > BootDrive(C:) > Users > 3D Objects and if I click on it, it becomes C:\Users\jon , white characters on a blue background.
    But at least now I can navigate to C:\Users\jon
    It would be nice if Jon were in the list (shown in your image with description “As its name implies . . .”) instead of 3D Objects.

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