Special Folders showing up on Desktop in File Explorer?


HighHopes

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When I open any folder in File Explorer located on desktop and then hit the Win Key+Up to go back up to the desktop I'm getting all the special folders like Home, Gallery, Documents, Music, Pictures, This PC, Drives etc.

When I open file explorer and click Desktop from the Navigation pane they are not there.
When I choose Desktop from the drop down menu in the navigation bar they are not there.

When I Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon for Current User using this guide here Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11 Tutorial

the Special Folders show up if I use the drop down menu in the navigation bar to select Desktop as well.
 
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Hello, and welcome. :alien:

Your left screenshot show the shell Desktop folder, and you right screenshot shows your "C:\Users\username\Desktop" folder.

If you have "Show all folders" turned on in the navigation pane of File Explorer, then the top "Desktop" item in the navigation pane will open the shell Desktop folder instead.

 

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Hello, and welcome. :alien:

Your left screenshot show the shell Desktop folder, and you right screenshot shows your "C:\Users\username\Desktop" folder.

If you have "Show all folders" turned on in the navigation pane of File Explorer, then the top "Desktop" item in the navigation pane will open the shell Desktop folder instead.


Thanks for the reply. It's already turned off but those folders still show up.
How about when I open a folder from the actual desktop and then go up. Does that also open the shell desktop?
Is there a way to just get rid of these folders?
 

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Thanks for the reply. It's already turned off but those folders still show up.
How about when I open a folder from the actual desktop and then go up. Does that also open the shell desktop?
Is there a way to just get rid of these folders?
Clicking on the Up arrow in File Explorer while on the Desktop or a folder opened from the Desktop will eventually open the shell Desktop folder since it's the root location.

You should be able to click on Desktop in the navigation pane or address bar to go back to your user profile Desktop folder though.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    2560x1440
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    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
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Thank you. Works like you say using Win11 FE. What about when using Win10 FE. The address bar button opens the shell Desktop as well. Can that change?
 

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It is indeed the same in Windows 10.

Unfortunately, this cannot be changed since the shell Desktop folder is the root for the Desktop folder path. All we can do is click on the other Desktop option to open its user profile folder location instead of shell folder location.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
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    Google Chrome
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Looked into it a little. Is it possible to change shell:Desktop to point to where shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder is pointing? ChatGPT seems to think so but the instructions are a little unclear.
 

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Not sure about changing the location for the shell:desktop command.

If you mean which folder to have File Explorer open to by default, then you can use an option below to change it.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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