How did this happen? How do I get it back?

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Right-click on the Favorites menu and click Restore Favorite links.

  • Yes, that works too. :-) Not sure how I missed it. – oKtosiTe Dec 6 '10 at 17:56

Simply browsing to your desktop in Explorer, right-clicking Favorites in the sidebar on the left, and then selecting Add current location [...] should do the trick.

  • I don't see "Favorites" when I right-click on my desktop. – user3463 Dec 6 '10 at 17:53
  • In the Explorer window you took a screenshot of, Favorites is listed in de sidebar. Right click that. – oKtosiTe Dec 6 '10 at 17:54
  • That isn't clear from what you wrote, sorry. – user3463 Dec 6 '10 at 17:55
  • Well, if you're right-clicking your desktop, you didn't browse to it. – oKtosiTe Dec 6 '10 at 17:58
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    Awesome tip! I can use it to add other folders! I never knew that; thanks!!! +100 – JohnB Dec 10 '10 at 0:34

Can you see the Star favorites. You just search the desktop icon and drag the same to your favorites. It will appear in the list.


Do the followings:

  • Open windows explorer.
  • Right click on favorite in left pane.
  • Click restore favorite links.
  • Then click on sort by name.

It's done.


1- open my computer 2- go to left pane in your screen 3- you will get favorites on the top of left screen 4- right click on favorites and select expand 5- now you can see your desktop icon inside the left pane.

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