Windows 10: Contents of folder included in Documents Library not Displayed Solved

  1.    26 May 2018 #1

    Contents of folder included in Documents Library not Displayed


    I'm using Windows 10 on a Dell laptop with a SSD. I'm keeping many files on an external USB hard drive. I had included the external drive's Documents folder in my Documents library. The File Explorer displayed files and folders on both the internal SSD and the external drive in the Documents library folder. The Navigation pane displayed the folders from the external drive under the Documents icon in Quick Access, This PC and Libraries. Unfortunately, the laptop failed and it was returned with Windows 10 (version 1709) installed.

    After I included the same external drive Documents folder in the Documents Library, File Explorer displayed the external drive folders under the Documents folder. It only displayed the folders on the C:\ drive in the Quick Access Documents library and the This PC libraries. I've spent hours using Google with no luck.

    Here is what is shown when I click on the Documents icon in Quick Access:
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    Here's what I see when I click on the Documents icon under Libraries:
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    Manage Libraries shows that the folder has been incuded
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    Does anyone have a suggestion that might allow folders to be displayed under the Documents icons?

    Thanks

    Mike
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       26 May 2018 #2

    If you want to see what is in the Folder click on/expand This PC, click on the C: drive [or whatever your boot/system drive is], scroll down to Users, click your USERNAME then check that Documents Folder, that's the default for Windows. You could have documents in other Folders but that's always a users choice. The Libraries and Quick Access may be better described as shortcuts to the actual Folders and files.

    Did you create the same Folder on the G: drive? The Folders under User can be moved to a different location, believe there's a Tutorial here about doing it.
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  3. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       26 May 2018 #3

    mikebk said: View Post
    I'm using Windows 10 on a Dell laptop with a SSD. I'm keeping many files on an external USB hard drive. I had included the external drive's Documents folder in my Documents library. The File Explorer displayed files and folders on both the internal SSD and the external drive in the Documents library folder. The Navigation pane displayed the folders from the external drive under the Documents icon in Quick Access, This PC and Libraries. Unfortunately, the laptop failed and it was returned with Windows 10 (version 1709) installed.

    After I included the same external drive Documents folder in the Documents Library, File Explorer displayed the external drive folders under the Documents folder. It only displayed the folders on the C:\ drive in the Quick Access Documents library and the This PC libraries. I've spent hours using Google with no luck.

    Here is what is shown when I click on the Documents icon in Quick Access:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Documents under Quick Access.png 
Views:	21 
Size:	16.0 KB 
ID:	190275

    Here's what I see when I click on the Documents icon under Libraries:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Documents under Libraries.png 
Views:	21 
Size:	16.0 KB 
ID:	190276

    Manage Libraries shows that the folder has been incuded
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Manage Library.png 
Views:	1 
Size:	43.5 KB 
ID:	190277

    Does anyone have a suggestion that might allow folders to be displayed under the Documents icons?

    Thanks

    Mike
    Pin Documents (Library) to Quick access, instead of User folder Documents. Library has blue line under it. You can then unpin User folder from Quick access . You can see both of them pinned in my picture
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  4.    26 May 2018 #4

    Pinning the Libraries Documents to the Quick Access folder solved the problem! It operates a bit differently in that folders in both Documents folder show up twice but I think I can live with that.

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. AndreTen's Avatar
    Posts : 14,166
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       27 May 2018 #5

    mikebk said: View Post
    Pinning the Libraries Documents to the Quick Access folder solved the problem! It operates a bit differently in that folders in both Documents folder show up twice but I think I can live with that.

    Thanks
    That was only thing that came to mind... That links part of Windows 10 is working fine for me, but have seen weird behavior for some users before.

    Glad it works for you
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