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Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane

Restore Default Favorites Links in Navigation Pane of Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
15 Aug 2010
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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
-favorites.jpg



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)
-option2.jpg
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


27 Jan 2012   #1
calmuse

Windows Home premium 64bit
 
 

Were it not for people like you, the rest of us would shoot ourselves. Thank you for taking the time to be so helpful - as a relative newb, I was able to follow your instructions (elsewhere, can't find the tutorial now) and change the registry key so the my links folder was restored to the navigation pane favourites. I am most grateful to you.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're most welcome Calmuse, and welcome to Seven Forums. Thank you for the kind words.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2012   #3
elavarasan

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 

Dear friends,
The solution provided in this tutorial is just amazing!! my Recent Places link was missing in windows explorer view for about a month and tried many tips shared in the web. nothing worked and got frustrated. This tutorial and the zipped binary file did the majic and I got my Recent Places folder intact!. Thanks a lot to the solution provider! :-) and sevenforums
elavarasan
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17 Nov 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're most welcome elavarasan, and welcome to Eight Forums. I'm glad it was able to help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2012   #5
dirk1234

windows7
 
 
empty favorites

Hi, the favorietes icon at the top left of my windows explrer pane is empty. Right clicking the icon does not show properties, but: expand/sort by name/open in new window/restore favorite links/add current locatio to favorites.

So i cannot track down this icon to a folderlocation (nice~). The icon it is supposed to break down in recent places, links etc. The 'recent items' is what i am interested in, because i frequently used it.

I do have a favorites folder C:\Users\<username>\Favorites, which has a folder favorites bar and is furtehr empty.

The recent items are tracked in my startmenu.

I reset all file locations and registry entries i could find in 7 forums, no results.

Any ideas? What would help is if i could track down the logic in windows how to display the favoriters i mentio, so i can fix it.

Thx,
Dirk
windows7
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29 Nov 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Dirk, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you already tried the steps in either or both options in the tutorial?
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29 Nov 2012   #7
dirk1234

windows7
 
 

Hi Brink,
Yes i did, nothing changed.
See also picture.
Thnaks,
Dirk


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29 Nov 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Ok. Sorry, but I have to ask just to make sure.

Did you also try what was in the blue Note box at the top of the tutorial?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Dec 2012   #9
dirk1234

windows7
 
 

Hi Brink,
Yes, checked that too.
As i could not find any way to pin-oint the problem, i decided to go nuclear and reinstall a previous version of windows7, including all the updates. That worked. Quite some time for a little nuisance like this, but now i am at peace.
So, issue closed.
Thanks,
Dirk
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