Hiding the Shared Documents Shortcuts

by Eric Geier [Published on 30 July 2009 / Last Updated on 12 March 2009]

Removing the shortcuts in Windows for the Shared Documents folder.

If you don’t make use of the Shared Documents folder in Windows XP, you can remove the shortcuts that appear within Windows. It just requires a registry change. Only the shortcuts are removed, the folder will still remain at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents.

To remove the Shared Documents shortcuts, create the following registry key:

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Key: Software\\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoSharedDocuments

DWORD Value: 1

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Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).

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