How to Remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer Sidebar in Windows

One feature of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is online storage and syncing of a user’s Creative Cloud documents and settings. While many users find this feature useful — like a Dropbox exclusively for Photoshop and other Creative Cloud assets — others don’t use this service and prefer to store and sync their files via another method.
Unfortunately, Adobe’s Creative Cloud installer places a Creative Cloud Files entry in the Windows File Explorer sidebar when you install any Creative Cloud app, regardless of whether you plan to actually use the file storage feature. Even worse, there’s currently no way to remove that sidebar entry via File Explorer or the Creative Cloud settings. For those who don’t like File Explorer to be needlessly cluttered with useless entries, here’s how to remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer sidebar.
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First, it’s important to note that following the steps here to remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer sidebar doesn’t actually remove the Creative Cloud Files folder itself. You can still manually access that folder, which by default is located at C:Users[User]Creative Cloud Files. These steps also don’t disable the actual Creative Cloud Files storage or syncing features; to do that, you’ll need to launch the Creative Cloud desktop app, click the gear icon, and navigate to Preferences > Creative Cloud > Files, where you can set “Sync” to Off. Finally, our screenshots in this article were taken in Windows 10, but the steps apply equally to Windows 8.1 as well.
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With that said, let’s get started. To remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer sidebar, you’ll need to modify a entry in the Windows Registry. Launch the Registry Editor by pressing Windows Key + R on the desktop and typing regedit into the Run box. Press Enter on your keyboard to launch the utility and authorize any User Account Control prompts.
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We now need to find the correct registry key, which will vary based on your specific Windows configuration, but will be located somewhere in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID. The fastest way to find the correct location is to search for it with the Find command. With the Registry Editor selected, press Control + F on your keyboard to open the Find window. Type Creative Cloud Files into the “Find what” box, and then uncheck the “Keys” and “Values” boxes. Click Find Next to continue.
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Your first result will likely be an entry that looks like the screenshot above. If you receive a different result, keep pressing F3 on your keyboard to search through other entries until you arrive at one that looks like the example screenshot.
The DWORD we need to modify to remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer sidebar is System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree. Double-click it to edit its value, and set “Value data” from the default 1 to 0 (zero). Click OK to save the change.
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Now, quit and relaunch File Explorer. You should see that the entry for Creative Cloud Files is no longer present in the sidebar. If you still see it, reboot your computer, which will ensure that File Explorer is fully shut down and reloaded, allowing the change to take effect.
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As mentioned above, you can still use Creative Cloud file syncing by manually navigating to the folder in your primary user folder; the steps here simply remove its shortcut from the File Explorer sidebar. Along those same lines, if your intent was to kill Creative Cloud file syncing entirely, you’ll also need to turn the feature off in the Creative Cloud preferences.
If you ever want to restore the Creative Cloud Files sidebar entry in File Explorer, just repeat the steps above to find the correct entry in the Registry, change System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree back to “1,” and then restart File Explorer or reboot your PC.

17 thoughts on “How to Remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer Sidebar in Windows”

Avatar Elvis Apolinário says:
Obrigado! consegui tira essa pasta inútil do meu PC.
Avatar Craig says:
That’s one of the best written help articles I have ever read. Complete with keyboard shortcuts. Well done and thank you.
Avatar MrElectrifyer says:
Thank you very much!
This gets rid of it in the side panel, but it still exists in the File Explorer Desktop directory; the one you see when you navigate to the parent directory from the “This PC” directory. Simply open “This PC” and click the up arrow ⬆ to see what I’m referring to.
Avatar MrElectrifyer says:
Hey guys, after further digging, I found that deleting the following registry key removed the “Creative Cloud Files” folder from the File Explorer Desktop directory:
Resolves the issue. Hope that helps :)
Avatar Mike Gonzalez says:
Thanks for the tip for the desktop deletion!!!
Avatar K Rock says:
Thank you very much!!!
Avatar SA_NYC says:
Thank you!!
Avatar Amine Dbich says:
Thank you sooo much!!!!
Avatar beagle_lord says:
Thanks mate, thank you very much. Hated this stupid thing with a passion.
Avatar howardelton says:
Thanks. Very helpful.
Avatar Patrick Nott says:
Thank You! I have been trying to get rid of that annoying Creative Cloud File thing for ages!
Avatar Muhammad Iqmal Khairul Nizam says:
Thanks :D
Avatar kajar9 says:
Thanks for Adobe installing malware on our systems.
Avatar mattleythegreat says:
Thanks alot, this was extremely annoying as kaybierocket said, and I’m glad it’s gone. Thanks!
Avatar kaybierocket says:
Thanks! This was driving me nuts. I never use the CC folder and it was just cluttering up my navigation.
Avatar kaybierocket says:
Ugh. After system update I had to re-do it again! Good thing I bookmarked your page or I’d have had to search for the answer all over again.
Avatar Perfectide says:
Thanks, works like a charm!
Avatar pantagruel says:
Avatar NIBB says:
Thank you. Unbelievable what kind of crap is this from Adobe?
Their Creative Cloud is like a virus which you can’t remove after installing.
Please be aware people. Don’t install this garbage. I had to use a removing tool to get rid of it, and even so Adobe Creative Cloud leaves tons of files, services, start up tasks and registry settings after uninstalled. It will trash your system with files and things you can’t remove.
If the developers at Adobe are brave enough to install all types of garbage in a systems at least when someone hits UNINSTALL they should remove every single bit as well. It seems Adobe has no way how to do it a proper uninstaller.
I’m shocked how this companies act. When it comes to installing something they modify your system at will and install all types of background and spying services without any option. (yes, Adobe will send data out of your system, tons of it, every day without your consent)
When it comes to removing the software, its so hard they actually have to post a manual or special instructions on how to do it.
Adobe = Malware
Let me correct that. Removing malware is actually easier than removing Adobe Creative Desktop.
Avatar Stacy Rudolphe says:
I have been looking for this. I never tried using File Explorer and never plan to use it in the future. I like the step by step tutorial. Thanks.
Stacy of
Magento enterprise
Avatar hamza chougrani says:
sooooooo true but can you please tell me how to remove it full because my hard drive is red because of the lack of space
Avatar Markus Frieauff says:
can you do that tutorial for Mac as well, please?

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