The left-hand pane of my Windows Explorer has changed in a negative way. The picture below is what explorer looks like right after opening a new window.

Left pane

From what I can tell, the original nodes of the explorer tree (Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, etc.) have all been moved under my desktop for some reason. This has really cluttered things up.

I have tried "sfc /scannow" because it was the only thing I could think of, and it didn't fix anything.

For people not on Windows 7 (thank you for your help), Explorer should look something like these do.

Any help would be appreciated, thank you.


1 Answer 1


Try this:

Right click in the navigation pane

Uncheck Show all Folders

Should be back to how you were expecting

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    Aug 4, 2014 at 17:12

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