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How To Remove 3D Objects From File Explorer On Windows 10

Major Windows 10 updates will sometimes add new apps to the OS. Paint 3D is a new app from Microsoft that was introduced in the Fall Creators Update. You can guess from the name that the app is for building 3D projects. Much like the Paint app which is a basic drawing app, the Paint 3D app is a basic 3D creation tool and it comes with its very own library in File Explorer. If you don’t use the app and can do without its library, you can remove 3D Objects from File Explorer with a simple registry edit.

SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.

Remove 3D Objects

If you’re running a 32-bit installation of Windows 10, you need only make one edit in the registry. If you’re running a 64-bit installation, you will need to make two edits.

Open the Windows Registry and navigate to the following location.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

Here, look for a key named {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A}. Right-click it and select Delete from the context menu. If you think you might at some point want to restore this key, it’s a good idea to back it up first. Right-click it and select the ‘Export’ option. Make sure you give it the same name as the key originally had.

Next, if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows 10, navigate to the following location;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

Again, look for a key named {0DB7E03F-FC29-4DC6-9020-FF41B59E513A} and delete it. You should create a backup if you think you might want to restore it later.

Next, restart your system.

This will remove all links to the 3D objects library that you see in File Explorer. It will be gone from the folders section as well as from the locations listed under This PC. This doesn’t mean that you’ve deleted any and all files that you had in the library. They are still there and the Paint 3D app has not been deleted from your system.

Remove Paint 3D

If you’re looking to remove the Paint 3D app from your system, you can. Open PowerShell with administrative rights. Run the following command.

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MSPaint | Remove-AppxPackage

This will remove the Paint 3D app from Windows 10. If you ever decide you want to use it again, you can download it from the Microsoft Store for free.

Microsoft is placing a great deal of emphasis on 3D and augmented reality. This app which is meant to replace the original Paint app was added for that very reason however, not a lot of people have warmed up to it. Editing 3D objects isn’t something most people need to do while editing images is fairly common hence the popularity of the Paint app.

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