How to Display Drive Letter before Drive Name on Windows 11 or 10?


In Windows 11 and 10, drive names or volume labels are displayed before drive letters. But what if you want to override this default behavior and have drive letters appear before drive names in File Explorer? In File Explorer, how can I make the drive letter appear before the drive label? Is it possible to modify this behavior? 

When you open File Explorer, you will notice that letters (C, D, E, and so on) for all drives appear before volume labels. However, in File Explorer, drive letters can be displayed before drive names. To make it possible, you must modify the registry.

This risewindows article will teach you to display the drive letter before the drive name in Windows 11 and 10.

How to Show Drive Letters Before Drive Names in File Explorer on Windows 11 and 10?

Follow the below-mentioned steps to display drive letters before drive names or volume labels in File Explorer on Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1. First of all, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, in the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar:-


Step 3. Next, right-click on the Explorer key in the left side navigation pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 4. Now, name the newly created REG_DWORD as ShowDriveLettersFirst.

Step 5. After that, double-click on the ShowDriveLettersFirst REG_DWORD to modify its Value data.

Step 6. Then, in the “Value data” field, you can set the following:-

  • 0: Show all drive letters after drive names.
  • 1: Show only network drive letters before drive labels.
  • 2: Hide all drive letters.
  • 4: Show all drive letters before drive labels.

Next, enter 4 in the “Value data” field to display the drive letters before drive labels.

Step 7. Then, click on the OK.

Step 8. At last, sign out from your account or reboot your computer to make all the required changes.

That’s all!

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