Windows 10: File Explorer Left Side Menu Missing

Discus and support File Explorer Left Side Menu Missing in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I was prompted to update today and I did. Now, when I open File Explorer, the menu tab on the left side of the file explorer window is missing the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by ChristopherDanelutti, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. File Explorer Left Side Menu Missing


    I was prompted to update today and I did. Now, when I open File Explorer, the menu tab on the left side of the file explorer window is missing the menu that listed the folders (documents, this PC, whatever external storage I had plugged into a USB port, etc...) I want that menu back. How do I turn it back on when I didn't want it turned off in the first place?

    :)
     
    ChristopherDanelutti, Aug 10, 2019
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  2. Files missing from "Start Menu" "All Programs"

    RE: WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE 32bit, Files missing from "Start Menu" "All Programs" list.

    I have several "start menu" programs missing in my "all programs" list. One of the missing entries is the "accessories" folder and all related files.

    As far as I can tell all of the missing files are on the system and they can be found by using the "start menu search" facility. This problem is occurring with other users but I can not find a solution which works to get things back the way they were after installing the OS.

    I am seeing the missing apps and other items at this location in iexplore.exe %allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs .

    Everything I have tried to get these items back into my "start menu" "all programs" list has been met with failure except creating a shortcut. A shortcut is not the real fix as it leaves two entries in the folder.

    When I right click on the highlighted "all Programs" box, in the start menu, a small options list pops up, if "open all users" is selected a new window pops up. Inside that window I can click on the programs folder where I can see the missing entries that should appear on my "all programs" list plus those which I presently see on my "all programs" list together in a single directory listing.

    How can I get the above directory list of programs back into the "start menu" "all programs" area so I do not have to go through this extra window and select the programs folder to locate what I wish to run?

    I also noticed my accessories folder has a lock on it while I am in the primary user administrator account. If you know how to get rid of the lock it would be helpful however I can find that information when I get a chance to look up the answer?

    I noticed some hidden (first tier) folders on the C: drive which I made visible while leaving protection on the OS folders. I can now see these folders in an iexplore.exe directory listing. This did not fix the problem in the "all programs" file selection list and I do not remember if this folder was hidden when the OS was installed.

    When I opened up the system to allow a login directly into the Administrator account everything shows up the same as it did when the OS installed along with all other programs installed afterward.

    After some progress I am still here *Bang Head :banghead: and slowly getting closer to an answer. Can anyone help me get there a little faster?
     
    N9ZN-Extra, Aug 10, 2019
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  3. Ralph Sta Win User
    File explorer icon from taskbar dissappears while working on it

    Hi,

    To assist you with your concern, we suggest you pin the File Explorer from the Start Menu by following these steps:

    • Click the Start Menu.
    • Right-click File Explorer.
    • Choose Pin to taskbar.

    If you need further assistance, feel free to reply to this post.
     
    Ralph Sta, Aug 10, 2019
    #3
  4. File Explorer Left Side Menu Missing

    Windows Phone Drive Missing in File Explorer

    Hi Gordon,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. Let me help you.



    Please share the details.


    • Are you able to see the device in file explorer?

    • What is the status when you click on the phone icon in file explorer?

    • Do you receive any error code or error message on the screen?


    I suggest you to run Hardware Troubleshooter and check if it helps.

    Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter.



    Follow these steps to run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.


    • Type Troubleshooting in the search box at the
      Taskbar.

    • Select Troubleshooting under Settings from the search results.

    • Now click on View All option present on top left corner.

    • Click on Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
      and follow the onscreen steps.


    Keep us posted on the issue. We will be happy to assist you accordingly.
     
    Aswin_Anand, Aug 10, 2019
    #4
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