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

       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
    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 - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane-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)
    Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane-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 B) Downloads C) Recent Places
    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)
    Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane-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





  1. Posts : 1
    Windows Home premium 64bit
       #1

    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.
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  2. Posts : 72,043
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    You're most welcome Calmuse, and welcome to Seven Forums. Thank you for the kind words. :)
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  3. Posts : 1
    windows 7 home basic 64 bit
       #3

    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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  4. Posts : 72,043
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're most welcome elavarasan, and welcome to Eight Forums. I'm glad it was able to help. :)
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  5. Posts : 3
    windows7
       #5

    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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  6. Posts : 72,043
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    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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  7. Posts : 3
    windows7
       #7

    Hi Brink,
    Yes i did, nothing changed.
    See also picture.
    Thnaks,
    Dirk
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane-capture.png  
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  8. Posts : 72,043
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    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?
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  9. Posts : 3
    windows7
       #9

    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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