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15 Aug 2010   #
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane

Restore Default Favorites Links in Navigation Pane of Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to restore the default Desktop, Downloads, and Recent Places links in Favorites in the navigation paneof Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
If your Favorites is completely empty, then also see How to Fix Empty Favorites in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane to see if this may be the issue instead.



EXAMPLE: Default Favorites
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OPTION ONE
To Use "Restore favorite links" Context Menu Item
1. Open Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8/8.1).

2. Right click on Favorites in the navigation pane, and click on Restore favorite links. (see screenshot below)
-option1.jpg



OPTION TWO
To Download and Manually Restore Default Favorite Links
1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the favorite link(s) that you are missing
A) Desktop
download
B) Downloads
download
C) Recent Places
download
2. Save the .zip file(s) to your Desktop.

3. Right click or press and hold on each of the downloaded .zip files, click/tap on Extract all, then extract the favorite link to your Desktop.

4. Unblock the extracted favorite link.

5. In Explorer navigate to your C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder. (see screenshot below)
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6. Cut and Paste (move) the extracted favorite links to inside the C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder. (see screenshot above)
That's it,
Shawn




Attached Files
File Type: zip Desktop.zip (466 Bytes, 8162 views)
File Type: zip Downloads.zip (727 Bytes, 4508 views)
File Type: zip Recent Places.zip (360 Bytes, 3639 views)
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