How To Hide the Details Pane, Preview Pane & Navigation Pane In Windows 7 Explorer

Windows 7 explorer comes with a nice pane based view feature. You can view file details in details pane, preview files in the preview pane and navigate to other files or folders with the help of navigation pane. However, sometimes, you’ll find that you don’t need these panes and they are causing clutter, nothing else. If you don’t use these features then it is better to remove them.

Windows provides an easy option to remove these panes. This post will show you how you can remove them to make the Windows explorer interface clutter free.

1. Open the Windows explorer. You can open it with the help of shortcut keys “Win+E”. Given below is the screenshot of an explorer window having all the three panes activated.

Windows pane

2. Go to Organize –> Layout. Uncheck the panes you want to remove. You may want to retain Details pane because it gives crucial information about the selected file like file size, date of creation of file etc.

windows explorer

Here is the clean and clear look of Windows explorer. The navigation pane and other panes have been hidden as you can see.

windows explorer panes hidden

That’s how you can hide or turn off details, preview and navigation pane in Windows 7.

Do you use these panes often or do you think it’s better to hide them?