Remove Dropbox from Explorer in Windows 11

When you install the Dropbox client in Windows 11, its icon gets automatically added in the Navigation Pane of the File Explorer. The Dropbox icon provides you easy access to your Dropbox folder. It also allows you to quickly drag and drop files to your Dropbox cloud storage. However, if you don’t need this icon in the Explorer, you can remove it.

Method 1: Using Registry Editor

The first method to disable Dropbox from showing an icon in the Windows Explorer is using the Registry Editor. This is a complex procedure. If you want a simplified procedure, skip to Method 2 below.


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Important: Your Registry is a critical part of the Windows operating system. Take a complete backup of your Registry before making any important changes.

  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter.
  3. In the User Account Control prompt, click on Yes.
  4. Navigate to the following registry path:
    • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}
  5. On the right-hand side, double-click on System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree.
  6. Replace its value with 0 (zero).
  7. Now right-click on {E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A} and select Permissions.
  8. Click on the Advanced button.
  9. Click on Add.
  10. Click on the Select a Principles button.
  11. Set the Permission level to Everyone by writing “Everyone” (without quotes) in the Enter the object name to select box.
  12. Click on OK.
  13. Click on Check Names.
  14. Click on OK.
  15. Select the Deny option in the Type drop-down box.
  16. In the Applies to drop-down box, select This key only.
  17. Under Advanced Permissions, check Set Value.
  18. Save your settings by clicking on OK.
  19. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Method 2: Using a Batch File

There’s no need to manually change the Registry configurations yourself. It can take a lot of time and effort to search through hundreds of thousands of entries. A better option is to use a Batch file that automatically does this task for you with One-Click.

  1. Download the Batch file from here.
  2. Open it using 7-Zip File Manager or any file compression software.
  3. Double-click on the Remove Dropbox from Navigation Pane.cmd.

Method 3: Uninstall Dropbox

If you don’t need Dropbox at all, you can uninstall the Dropbox client software.

Apart from not needing the Windows Explorer icon, there can be other reasons why you would want to uninstall Dropbox:

Uninstall Dropbox Using Settings

  1. Click on Start, and then click on the Settings icon.
  2. Click on the Apps tab on the left.
  3. Click on Apps & Features.
  4. In front of the Dropbox program entry, click on the three dots and choose Uninstall.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Uninstall Dropbox Using Revo Uninstaller

  1. Download and install Revo Uninstaller Pro. You can download it as a free trial.
  2. After installing the program, launch it through its Desktop shortcut.
  3. Click on the All Programs section on the left.
  4. You’ll have a list of all installed programs.
  5. Right-click on Dropbox and choose Uninstall.
  6. Click on Continue in the confirmation dialog.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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