Faulty file structure in File Explorer

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  1. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
       #1

    Faulty file structure in File Explorer


    .
    In File Explorer, my current structure with all folders closed is:

    > Quick access
    > Desktop (!!)

    If I expand Desktop, I see this:

    > <me>
    > This PC
    > Libraries
    > 2TB_Old (T:)
    > etc

    If I expand <me>, I see this:

    > 3D Objects
    > App Data
    > Apple
    > Contacts
    > Desktop (!!)
    > Documents
    > etc

    You can see that "Desktop" occurs at two levels.

    I've been stepping backwards through the Macriums, at half an hour each. But I still see the same scary-looking structure.

    I suspect that this structure has existed for some time, but without causing problems that would have been noticed and rectified.

    Rather than lose all my recent Macrium updates, is there any way that I can do the following:

    - Restore my NEWEST Macrium (from yesterday)

    - MANUALLY drag folders to repair the structure.

    I would be grateful for any advice.

    Thanks

    BTW: I'm posting this on a Windows forum - rather than the Macrium forum. I think a faulty folder structure is a Windows issue.
    Last edited by OldGrantonian; 26 May 2023 at 08:06.
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  2. Posts : 2,232
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #2

    You need to stop trying to fix things. There was never anything wrong. You are just seeing shortcuts to the same place. For example, Quick Access contains numerous shortcuts including items that are pinned there.
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  3. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #3

    OldGrantonian said:
    .
    In File Explorer, my current structure with all folders closed is:

    > Quick access
    > Desktop (!!)
    Yes, File explorer sometimes shows that weird hierarchy in which "Desktop" is displayed as some notional higher level object than ThisPC. It is not a fault in your file structure but a presentational matter only, a quirk in how FE chooses to display the hierarchy.
    Faulty file structure in File Explorer-user_profile_group_in_navigation_pane.png
    Image taken from Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders - TenForumsTutorials

    I cut down on such incidents by setting File explorer, View menu, Options to always open to ThisPC.
    Faulty file structure in File Explorer-always-open-thispc.png

    There's a similarly unhelpful display in which File explorer appears with your username shown as the highest level above ThisPC.
    I'm never quite sure what causes this in practice but I can force it by running a shortcut to %UserProfile%
    Faulty file structure in File Explorer-example-currentuser-folders.png
    A similar hierarchy is shown in the first diagram within Add or Remove User Folder from Navigation Pane - TenForumsTutorials



    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 26 May 2023 at 10:22.
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  4. Posts : 2,232
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #4

    Try3 said:
    Yes, File explorer sometimes shows that weird hierarchy in which "Desktop" actually means some notional higher level than ThisPC.
    I cut down on such incidents by setting File explorer, View menu, Options to always open to ThisPC.

    There's a similarly unhelpful display in which File explorer appears with your username shown as the highest level above ThisPC.
    I'm never quite sure what causes this but it doesn't happen if I just start File explorer normally. I close File explorer then open it again.

    Denis
    It is mistake to view what the Navigation pane shows as any kind of hierarchy. It is just showing pinned items shortcuts.
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  5. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #5

    MisterEd said:
    It is mistake to view what the Navigation pane shows as any kind of hierarchy. It is just showing pinned items shortcuts.
    You don't understand.
    I've added diagrams that might help you.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 26 May 2023 at 10:11.
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  7. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #7

    Sorry but no, that is not what is being discussed.
    See the [just added] diagrams in my first post.


    Denis
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  8. Posts : 2,232
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #8

    Try3 said:
    You don't understand.
    I've added diagrams that might help you.

    Denis
    I still disagree. Navigation Pane is not a hierarchy of folders like File Explorer is. It is just a list of favorites.

    Faulty file structure in File Explorer-quick_access.jpg
    Last edited by MisterEd; 26 May 2023 at 11:27.
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  9. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #9

    Quick access is not the subject and is not involved at all.
    Just look at the diagrams I've posted and you'll see that fact.


    Denis
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  10. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #10

    And materially altering your post after I have replied to it is not helpful.

    @OldGrantonian - It would probably help to stop these irrelevant interjections if you posted your own diagram or endorsed my first diagram as being what you are talking about.

    Denis
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