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Windows Explorer-Desktop/Downloads/Recent Places in left pane problem

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by kwil, Jun 15, 2022.

  1. kwil

    kwil

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    Hi there,

    Normally, opening Windows Explorer in Windows 7 shows at top LEFT:
    'Favorites/Desktop/Downloads/Recent Places/

    For some reason only 'Favorites' is now showing in left pane, all the rest show in RIGHT pane

    I noted there's NO black 'down' arrow next to 'Favorites'

    So all I've been able to try is: right-clicking 'Favorites' > 'Restore Favorite Links' but nothing happens

    I also went into C: > Users > tried dragging eg 'Downloads' folder up to 'Favorites area' in the hope it might show as normal.

    But no luck: all I get is the file DUPLICATED in the RIGHT pane!

    Am I missing something simple here? Having the above in the LEFT pane is important for me.

    Would appreciate some help...

    Many thanks
     
  2. Tony D

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    Can you post a screen shot? To get a screen shot, go to that Windows Explorer window you're having an issue with. Hold the ALT key and while holding it, tap the Prt Sc key. That should be up top of the keyboard above the Backspace key.

    Then put your cursor back in the reply text box that you started your reply with and do a paste (Ctrl-V).
     
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  3. kwil

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    Hi Tony...many thanks for taking time to reply. Here's the screenshot

    upload_2022-6-16_16-54-21.jpeg

    Note the black arrowhead next to 'Libraries'. None at 'Favorites'....

    I'm sure that's where the problem lies. God knows why it's gone that way...I must've done something dumb...

    As per my original post, dragging 'Desktop' etc from right pane to under 'Favorites', merely results in a duplication of them in the right pane. So, no luck there...

    I'm on Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) by the way.

    Any further help or suggestion would be appreciated...
    Regards

     
  4. Tony D

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    I can't figure out where you are. You didn't capture the whole screen.

    Try this: Click on the right-pointing arrow which is pointing to the word Favorites.
     
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  5. plodr

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    favs.jpg
    Clicking the triangle in front of Favorites, produces this
    favs2.jpg

    So are you saying when you click the triangle, you get Desktop, Downloads and Recent Places appearing in the right pane?
     
  6. kwil

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    Hi Plodr & Tony

    Thanks for the replies

    Tony: no sense in uploading full screen, just the area in question.

    If I click the triangle itself (ie clear, not black) it disappears (!) and nothing else happens. Normally, there would be a BLACK triangle showing. So, need to get it back...:)

    If, on the other hand, I click on the word 'Favorites' itself, then 'Desktop/Downloads/Recent Places' shows in the right pane as in the screenshot above in reply to Tony...

    Ordinarily, as you know, 'Desktop etc' should show top of left pane.
    No idea why that happened. Never, for example, introduced any new software that might have caused it.

    Hope that clarifies....

    Regards
     
  7. plodr

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  8. kwil

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    Thanks again for the input plodr. Appreciate the effort.

    Decided to try the above suggestion to create a new path to 'Links' etc....Looked promising at first...but didn't work, I'm afraid....The mystery continues...

    Thanks so much, Microsoft, for making computing life so annoying for something so 'simple' as this 'problem' even for the still excellent Windows 7!
    Is it any wonder why so many good people are no fans of Windows 8/10/11...:biggrin:

    Regards
     
  9. Tony D

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    Try right click on Favorites and choose Restore favorite links.
     
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