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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:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

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

2 Registry Key

Next, head to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

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.


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