"Favorite Links" in Navigation Pane is (almost) always empty.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by PGD, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. PGD

    PGD Guest

    This is very wierd. Just a couple of days ago I installed Vista Ultimate
    onto my machine - clean install into an empty partition. No upgrade or file
    & settings transfer...everything is generic.

    I know a lot of people don't like the "Favorite Links" window in the
    Explorer navigation pane, but for me it would be very useful - if it
    actually worked! It almost always displays "(Empty)" whenever I open an
    Explorer window. I say "almost", because occasionally there are links there
    when I'm saving a file from an application - often the app appears to use
    the Explorer window as its dialog. But any time I launch Explorer
    separately, it says "(Empty)". I can drag folders into the area, but they
    never appear. And yet, when I right-click on the window and select "Open
    favorite Links Folder", there are lots of things in there!

    So why on earth would this thing always say "(Empty)"?
     
    PGD, Jun 15, 2007
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  2. Hi PGD,

    See if this applies.

    Favorite Links in the Windows Explorer navigation pane is completely empty:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/159/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    This is very wierd. Just a couple of days ago I installed Vista Ultimate
    onto my machine - clean install into an empty partition. No upgrade or file
    & settings transfer...everything is generic.

    I know a lot of people don't like the "Favorite Links" window in the
    Explorer navigation pane, but for me it would be very useful - if it
    actually worked! It almost always displays "(Empty)" whenever I open an
    Explorer window. I say "almost", because occasionally there are links there
    when I'm saving a file from an application - often the app appears to use
    the Explorer window as its dialog. But any time I launch Explorer
    separately, it says "(Empty)". I can drag folders into the area, but they
    never appear. And yet, when I right-click on the window and select "Open
    favorite Links Folder", there are lots of things in there!

    So why on earth would this thing always say "(Empty)"?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 15, 2007
    #2
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  3. PGD

    PGD Guest

    Ramesh, thanks. This fixed the problem. Like a fool I tried "FreshUI" to
    eliminate the little arrow on each shortcut. When I applied the registry
    fix (for the .lnk file association), logged off and logged back on,
    everything was OK...the "Favorite Links" now is displaying links.

    Good catch!

    Hi PGD,

    See if this applies.

    Favorite Links in the Windows Explorer navigation pane is completely empty:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/159/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    This is very wierd. Just a couple of days ago I installed Vista Ultimate
    onto my machine - clean install into an empty partition. No upgrade or file
    & settings transfer...everything is generic.

    I know a lot of people don't like the "Favorite Links" window in the
    Explorer navigation pane, but for me it would be very useful - if it
    actually worked! It almost always displays "(Empty)" whenever I open an
    Explorer window. I say "almost", because occasionally there are links there
    when I'm saving a file from an application - often the app appears to use
    the Explorer window as its dialog. But any time I launch Explorer
    separately, it says "(Empty)". I can drag folders into the area, but they
    never appear. And yet, when I right-click on the window and select "Open
    favorite Links Folder", there are lots of things in there!

    So why on earth would this thing always say "(Empty)"?
     
    PGD, Jun 15, 2007
    #3
  4. You're welcome PGD. Thanks for the update! Note that removing the "IsShortcut" registry value causes many other side-effects.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Ramesh, thanks. This fixed the problem. Like a fool I tried "FreshUI" to
    eliminate the little arrow on each shortcut. When I applied the registry
    fix (for the .lnk file association), logged off and logged back on,
    everything was OK...the "Favorite Links" now is displaying links.

    Good catch!

    Hi PGD,

    See if this applies.

    Favorite Links in the Windows Explorer navigation pane is completely empty:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/159/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    This is very wierd. Just a couple of days ago I installed Vista Ultimate
    onto my machine - clean install into an empty partition. No upgrade or file
    & settings transfer...everything is generic.

    I know a lot of people don't like the "Favorite Links" window in the
    Explorer navigation pane, but for me it would be very useful - if it
    actually worked! It almost always displays "(Empty)" whenever I open an
    Explorer window. I say "almost", because occasionally there are links there
    when I'm saving a file from an application - often the app appears to use
    the Explorer window as its dialog. But any time I launch Explorer
    separately, it says "(Empty)". I can drag folders into the area, but they
    never appear. And yet, when I right-click on the window and select "Open
    favorite Links Folder", there are lots of things in there!

    So why on earth would this thing always say "(Empty)"?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 15, 2007
    #4
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