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Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix

Fix Empty Favorites in Navigation Pane in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
17 Apr 2010
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Fix Empty Favorites in Navigation Pane in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to fix Favorites when it is empty under it without any favorite links in the Windows Explorer navigation pane in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Tip   Tip
Double check to make sure that the Favorites links are not just hidden by mistake, and needed to be unhidden.

If you only deleted the Favorites links, then you could use the tutorial below to restore them instead:

How to Restore the Default Favorite Links in Windows 7 Navigation Pane


EXAMPLE: Favorites - Default and Empty
NOTE: If Favorites is completety empty in the Navigation Pane and in the main window pane in Windows Explorer, then you will need to also do what is in the TIP box below.
Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix-default.jpg
Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix-empty.jpgFavorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix-empty2.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Fix Empty Favorites with a REG File
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
Fix_Empty_Favorites.reg
download
2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3. Double click/tap the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

5. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

Tip   Tip
If Favorites is still empty afterwards, then download and merge the lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to restore all of the default association for shortcuts (lnk).

Default File Type Associations - Restore

AND

Double check to make sure that your C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder is set to the default location.








OPTION TWO
To Manually Fix Empty Favorites in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, and type regedit in the search box and press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (UAC Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile
4. In the right pane of lnkfile, right click or press and hold on an empty space, and click/tap on New and String Value. (see screenshot below)
Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix-reg1.jpg
5. Type in IsShortcut for the name, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix-reg2.jpg
6. Close regedit.

Tip   Tip
If Favorites is still empty afterwards, then download and merge the lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to restore all of the default association for shortcuts (lnk).

Default File Type Associations - Restore

AND

Double check to make sure that the C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder is set to the default location.


That's it,
Shawn



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28 Nov 2011   #1
lastbreath

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 

Hi ,

I deleted the links folder by mistake and recreated it manually but nothing worked ??

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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28 Nov 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lastbreath
Thank ... but I mange to solve it by myself ..
I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2012   #3
BBluminou

Windows 7
 
 
Hum... hum... And what if ?...

Hi

So...
What if I have no entry at all called : HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile ?
Obviously : nomore IsShortcut within...

Please help me...
I can't stand any more having my Links' folder not expanding in the navigation pane

You'll be so kind...


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello BBluminou, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You should have lnkfile by default. You'll have to scroll down past all the short file extension keys listed at first at the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry location until you come down to where the alphabet starts over for the longer key names. You'll then just scroll down to lnkfile.

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE to have the REG file fix this for you instead of trying to do it manually in OPTION TWO.

Hope this helps for now,

Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #5
BBluminou

Windows 7
 
 

Hi

Thank you for answering but... for I've tried using the Search Box (CTRL+F) and I don't even have an entry called Inkfile !

Does Windows 7 x64 works the same way than x86's one ?

I did post a screencopy to show what I have in the registry at that place...


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's a L and not a I for LNKFILE/lnkfile.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #7
BBluminou

Windows 7
 
 

A Miracle...
God bless you, Brink !
You're just a genius to me who was hanging around from forums to forums for the past 18 months...
Thank you so much !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2012   #9
nikolaev

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Neither option works on my computer

and I don't have a C:\Users\(user-name)\Links folder nor HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile. How can I fix this problem?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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