Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Show Drive Letters First, then Labels in Windows 7

If you prefer to see the drive letters of a particular drive before its label in Windows, there is a simple registry hack for it. These are the steps to perform:
  1. Launch regedit (as an administrator)
  2. Locate the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  3. Create a new DWORD value called ShowDriveLettersFirst
  4. Enter one of the following numbers as the value:
    0 – Default. Drive letters are displayed after the drive description.
    1 – Show local drive letters after description and network drive letters before the drive name.
    2 – Display no drive letter at all
    4 – Show all drive letters before the drive names
After restarting your computer, or just explorer.exe the new settings take effect.

Demo:
Before...

... and after