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Windows 7: Favorites in left pane does not display all Favorite folders

03 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Favorites in left pane does not display all Favorite folders

Hi. My problem is slightly different but along the same lines? When I open Explorer, Favorites is displayed at the top of the left column, as desired. However, not all of the folders I have designated for Favoriates is displayed in the left column. When I left click on the word "Favorites," then in the right column the entire list of Favorites folders does display. (Meaning: there's a list of nine folders on the right side, but back in the left column under Favorites only seven are displayed.)

I've tried all of the solutions described above and none fixes this problem. If I try to drag a folder from Right to Left, two things happen: (A) A copy of that folder is created on the right side (so I'll see the original and a version with "(2)" after the name; and (B) on the left side, one of the folders that used to be in Favorites no longer displays.

I don't know why a copy is made on the Right, but the action on the Left leads me to believe that somehow the left column Favorites is set to display no more than seven (7) items, but I can't find where to change that setting.

ANy ideas out there?

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03 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Kell, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As a test, open your C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder, and see what you have for shortcuts there. If they are all there, then cut and paste them to your desktop to empty the folder, then copy them back to see if they appear in the navigation pane under Favorites afterwards.

If that doesn't help, then try the tutorial below along with the yellow TIP box if needed.

Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix

Hope this helps,
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03 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

Hi, Shawn. Thanks for the suggestions. The cut-and-paste first. But when I closed Explorer and opened it again, I was back to seeing fewer links in the left pane under the title "Favorites" than I have listed as Favorites and that show up in the right pane, if I click on Favorites.

I tried all of the additional suggestions in the tutorials, all the reg edits, etc. None of them changed this at all.

I have noticed that the two links that won't show up in the left pane are both links to Sharepoint site folders, not links to folders on my own computer C: drive. Those links do show up in the right pane, however, just not in the left pane.

So it's not a big deal --- I can access all my favorite links by left clicking on the word "Favorites" to open the right pane with all the links...It's just annoying, as you must understand, that something this inexplicable happens.

So, thanks and thanks for this site - it's full of helpful stuff.

Best wishes,
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03 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

I found this link below that may help or can be used as a workaround for SharePoint folders.

Ways to work with your SharePoint content in Windows Explorer - SharePoint for End Users
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04 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Kell, open Control Panel, click Folder Options>General>Navigation Pane, and check Show All Folders.
See if that helps.
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