How to add Google Drive to File Explorer on Windows 10

If you have Google Drive installed on your computer, then you can add the Google Drive link to the File Explorer’s Navigation Pane in Windows 10. This will make it easy for you to access it. You will need to use Registry Editor to do the job for you.

Previously, Google Drive was used to automatically add the navigation pane in File Explorer right after installation. However, things have changed over the years, and now you need to add it manually. Since you are going to change some things in Registry Editor, you should first create a System Restore point or make a backup of the Registry file.

First, you need to open Notepad and paste the following text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}] @="Google Drive" "System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001 "SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000042 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}\DefaultIcon] @=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,20,00,46,\ 00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,47,00,6f,00,6f,00,67,00,6c,00,65,00,5c,00,\ 44,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,5c,00,67,00,6f,00,6f,00,67,00,6c,00,65,00,64,\ 00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,73,00,79,00,6e,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,\ 2c,00,30,00,00,00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}\InProcServer32] @=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,49,00,4e,00,44,00,4f,00,57,00,53,00,5c,00,73,\ 00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,\ 6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}\Instance] "CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}" [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}\Instance\InitPropertyBag] "Attributes"=dword:00000011 "TargetFolderPath"=hex(2):25,00,55,00,73,00,65,00,72,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,66,\ 00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,25,00,5c,00,47,00,6f,00,6f,00,67,00,6c,00,65,00,20,00,\ 44,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,00,00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}\ShellFolder] "FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028 "Attributes"=dword:f080004d [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel] "{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}] @="Google Drive"

Then, click the File button and choose Save As. Alternatively, you can press the Ctrl + Shift + S buttons together.

Now you need to choose a location where you want to save the file.

Then name your file with the .reg extension. For example, if the filename is test-registry, then it should be test-registry.reg. Accordingly, expand the Save As drop-down list and select All Files. Now, you can click the Save button.

After saving the file, double-click the file. You can find the UAC prompt where you need to click the Yes button.

Right after that, a confirmation window will appear where you can find the Yes button. As usual, you need to click this button.

If everything goes right, you will see a success message.

This time, click the OK button to close the window and restart Windows Explorer to find Google Drive in the navigation pane.

The process of adding and removing is almost the same, but there is a change in the Registry code. To hide Google Drive from the side panel, you need to delete or change some Registry keys and values. Here’s how to do it.

How to delete Google Drive from File Explorer

Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following path:


Here you can find a key named {3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2}.

Right click on it, choose Delete and confirm changes.

Next, navigate to this path:


Find out the key {3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2} and follow the same steps as above to delete it.

Now, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

Find the {3935ea0f-5756-4db1-8078-d2baf2f7b7b2} key and follow the same steps to delete.


Author: otomi