Remove Public Folder Shortcuts

by Eric Geier [Published on 14 April 2010 / Last Updated on 29 June 2009]

How to hide the Public shortcuts on the folder and favorites list.

If you don’t use the Public folders provided by Windows, you may want to remove the shortcuts. Most open/save file dialogs and Windows Explorer have a Favorite Links section that includes a shortcut to the Public folders. Plus it’s listed on the main folder list, along with shortcuts to the user’s folder and to the drives.

Removing the shortcut from the Favorite Links is easy. Just open your Links folder: C:\Users\username\Links. Then delete the Public.lnk.

Taking the shortcut off of the Folders List, however, requires a registry change. You need to delete the following registry key:



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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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