Solved Default File Manager View


IanThow

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Since Win 11 introduced the tabbed explorer, the initial view shows a top level (which I think should be 'Home') named 'Desktop' with all my home folders, including the real Desktop below it. How do I rename this top level folder (or remove this level completely)? Windows 11 Pro Ver 23H2 build 22631.3593

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    Windows 11
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    Asus
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9600K CPU @ 3.70GHz
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    ASUS Prime Z390-P
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    16 GB
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Hello Ian, and welcome. :alien:

It looks like you have Show all folders turned on for the navigation pane of File Explorer. Turning this off using an option below will give you back the default view in the navigation pane.

 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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@IanThow

Using the tutorial above, I've made File Explorer look like this.
I removed ALL the folder in the Navigation Pane.
You can remove some or many... it's up to you. :-)



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Current pic...

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    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
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    PC/Desktop
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    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
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    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
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    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
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    PC/Desktop
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    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Hello Ian, and welcome. :alien:

It looks like you have Show all folders turned on for the navigation pane of File Explorer. Turning this off using an option below will give you back the default view in the navigation pane.

Thanks for your suggestion Brink. As you say, this resets the view to the default Win 11 folder view. This includes pinned shortcuts to my user folders (see below) which I find less convenient to work with, so, not what I want.
You will note in my original screenshot that the circled 'Desktop' appears to be a top level folder with everything else listed below it, including the 'real' Desktop and my other user folders. Turning on Show All Folders was actually suggested to me as the way to convert pinned folder shortcuts to my beloved expandable folders in the Navigation pane.
The extra top level 'Desktop' is not a big deal, everything below it works and allows me to navigate Explorer as I have been doing for decades.
However, this duplicated Desktop folder just annoys me by being a duplication and using up column space in the Navigation pane. I was hoping someone knew an easy way to clear this or rename it while retaining the expandable user folders.
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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9600K CPU @ 3.70GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z390-P
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    C: 500GB SSD, D: 1TB HDD, E: 1TB HDD, E: 500GB HDD
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    Edge
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@IanThow

Following up on the excellent support from @Brink and @Ghot, I show all of my drives, just as Ghot does, but I chose to add a couple of mapped network access folders and the Network list itself. Works for me.

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    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
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    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
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    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
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    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Realtek HD Audio
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    LG E2442
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    1920x1080
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
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    Lenovo SFF
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    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    LogiTech M510 wireless
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
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    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
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    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
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    Lenovo 3132
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    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
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    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
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    Chrome
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    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
Mine looks like this.(see screenshot) I have used multiple of Brink's tutorials to get it to appear that way. I do not have what you are calling the top level Desktop folder. My Desktop folder is grouped with all the other personal folders I have pinned. Look through all the tutorials starting with "file explorer" in the following index. There's a lot of them. You should find what you want. Tutorial Index
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
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    Logitech wireless
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
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    24 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell factory
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    still not telling
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
Mine looks like this.(see screenshot) I have used multiple of Brink's tutorials to get it to appear that way. I do not have what you are calling the top level Desktop folder. My Desktop folder is grouped with all the other personal folders I have pinned. Look through all the tutorials starting with "file explorer" in the following index. There's a lot of them. You should find what you want. Tutorial Index
Thanks Mama Glass, the screenshot is exactly what I was looking for. I have trawled through the tutorial index and cannot find anything relevant. My system was originally Win 10 with various registry fixes to get rid of Quick Access etc. After upgrading to Win 11, and before I found the the Show all Folders option, I had applied various 'fixes' found on-line to replace the pinned shortcuts with expandable folders. It may be that in the midst of this my registry has acquired an obscure entry that is causing this problem. Short of a clean re-install of Win 11, I suspect I am stuck with this rogue level.

Thanks again, Ian
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9600K CPU @ 3.70GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z390-P
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    C: 500GB SSD, D: 1TB HDD, E: 1TB HDD, E: 500GB HDD
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    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows

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