Windows 10: File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed

Discus and support File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello! First time posting here. I asked this question about a week ago on the HP community, and although a suggestion was offered, the problem... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Phil D, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Phil D Win User

    File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed


    Hello! First time posting here.

    I asked this question about a week ago on the HP community, and although a suggestion was offered, the problem persists.

    I cannot give an exact date, but at some point my File Explorer Navigation Pane Icons changed from the default:


    File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed [​IMG]


    to this:


    File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed [​IMG]


    Notice they are folder icons with the unique icon picture 'overlay'

    Brief history:
    • I have had my HP Spectre x360 15 (4K touch display) for about 6 weeks.
    • Initial file transfer was done using Windows (7) Easy Transfer (migwiz) which I have used on other machines without incident. Using the advanced selection; no settings were transferred, just Documents, Pictures, Music, Video.
    • I do not use any outside themes; just experimented a few times using the built in HP themes.
    • I have gone so far as to try overriding the current icons using the registry modifications mentioned in this Ten Forums post: Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10
    • When I tried the suggestions in Option One, the only change which occurred was that the unique icon picture was removed and only the plain folder icon remained. Yet the registry entries outlined in Option 2 “Change Icons of Folders in This PC for All Users” all appear to be correct.
    • There are no “exotic” programs on the computer – just Office 365, Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements, Bootstrap Studio, Inkscape, etc.
    Purchased at the same time was an HP Envy x360 laptop which is almost identical in specifications and installed programs except it has a regular Full HD touch screen (1920x1080). The Navigation Pane icons there are the expected 'default' as shown in the second screenshot.

    Any ideas what may have caused this and any suggestions how to get the default icons back?

    :)
     
    Phil D, Jan 30, 2020
    #1
  2. Mojo418 Win User

    Zoom functions in Navigation pane of File Explorer view

    Hello,

    Is there a way to increase in file explorer, the navigation pane fonts and icons? The right side where it the list of drives, libraries, quick access, etc. is.

    Thanks, John

    Original title: file explorer
     
    Mojo418, Jan 30, 2020
    #2
  3. OneDrive missing from Windows Explorer navigation pane

    When I first cleaned installed Windows 10 v1809 on my machine I applied a Group Policy setting for OneDrive to Prevent the Usage of OneDrive for File Storage to ENABLED. Of course, that would remove the OneDrive from the left side navigation pane within Windows File Explorer. But now, I set the Group Policy back to NOT CONFIGURED, rebooted the machine and the OneDrive is still missing from the the left side of the Windows File Explorer navigation pane as shown in my image. I even performed the command GPUPDATE /FORCE.

    My laptop is a standalone, not part of a Domain.

    I tried all the things listed from the article below but with no luck. I also was able to sign in with my OneDrive account and that was all fine and OneDrive appeared on the File Explorer pane. But once I UNLINKED my account from OneDrive, the OneDrive was still missing.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...8-b74545c7f4da

    Even if no Group Policies are set, and even NOT signing into OneDrive, by default, the OneDrive icon should still appear on the left side navigation pane when launching Windows File Explorer.

    And suggestions?

    My guess is to recreate my user profile, but I don't really want to do that now.
     
    win10freak, Jan 30, 2020
    #3
  4. File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed

    File Explorer preview pane - changed

    Hello,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums. I am glad to assist you on this.



    You can change how your files look by using the View tab. You will see various groups for changing the layout of the window, files, current view, or hide certain things you see onscreen. Within the Layout group, click one of the
    available options to change how your files display onscreen. You can also preview the layout before confirming by hovering over one of the available options.



    I suggest you to follow the methods mentioned below and check if it helps.



    If you decide to disable the Navigation pane, follow these steps:



    1. Open File Explorer.



    2. Click the View tab.



    3. In the Panes section, click the Navigation Pane button. The Navigation Pane menu appears.



    4. In the menu, click Navigation Pane.



    The Navigation pane no longer appears at the left side of the File Explorer window.



    Please do let us know if you need further assistance with Windows, we’ll be glad to assist you.



    Hope it helps.



    Harish

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Harish_kum, Jan 30, 2020
    #4
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