Need help with File Explorer Problem


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #1

    Need help with File Explorer Problem


    I am on Windows 10 and I opened my File explorer one day and found it blank. I have my folders on the side but the main file areas are gone. It works when I'm on another site or program like when I'm uploading a picture to Discord, but when I normally open File Explorer it is blank. Is there anything I can do to fix this? I've tried to reset my computer and I've run a command prompt system file check and nothing. I included a screenshot of my File Explorer for reference
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  2. Posts : 12,429
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    The Quick Access appears to be highlighted and there are no entries in it. The entries may have been removed [doesn't delete any files] or if like mine there's a small down arrow on the left end that when clicked will list more. Quick Access and Libraries are really shortcuts to the folders in C:\Users\USERNAMEHERE\.
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  3. Posts : 24,632
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    BigDooce said:
    I am on Windows 10 and I opened my File explorer one day and found it blank.... Is there anything I can do to fix this?

    Welcome to Ten Forums.

    Your screenshot shows that File Explore opens to 'Quick Access'. This is normally a list of your most frequently visited folders, your recently opened files and any folders you have pinned to Quick Access.

    However, there are a couple of things you need to enable in order for Windows to build up this list as you work on the PC. These are in File Explorer, under File > Change folder and search options. You need to tick either or both of the Privacy options.

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    Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Recent Files from Quick Access in Windows 10

    You can also pin your important folders to Quick Access.

    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10

    You may also prefer to open File Explorer at 'This PC' rather than 'Quick Access'. You can change that too.

    Open to This PC or Quick access in File Explorer in Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 4,573
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Explorer
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

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    Yeah, but its like that for the whole Explorer
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  6. Posts : 4,573
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Try Restore Defaults
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I tried restore default
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  8. Posts : 366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #8

    I wonder if this isnt a registry issue.

    This article suggests re-registering the Windows dlls. Its for a different issue that is not at all dissimilar to yours.

    Control Panel Blank? You Can Easily Fix This.

    Basically, you open an elevated command prompt like you did for the SFC and run the command:

    Code:
    for %a in (c:\Windows\System32\*.dll) do regsvr32.exe /s %a
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  9. Posts : 11,387
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #9

    1 See if the problem exists in Safe mode
    2 See if the problem exists for a new user account
    3 Run a Repair install

    These procedures are explained in TenForumsTutorials

    You have created an additional thread for your problem File Explorer is Blank????

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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