Videos folder missing from Windows 10 File Explorer

By default, the Videos folder can be seen under ‘This PC’ in Windows 10, but on a few occasions, it somehow gets replaced by ‘Documents’ folder. As such, you see no Videos folder under ‘This PC’ but duplicated ‘Documents’ folder. See the image below for more details. Out of the two ‘Documents’ folder, one ‘Document’ folder will contain all the contents (usual files and subfolders) while the other remains empty. If you happen to click the Documents icon on your Desktop, it still gets you to the correct one. To fix this and get your missing Videos folder back in the File Explorer, follow the instructions given below.

Videos folder goes missing & appears as Documents

There’s an easy solution outlining this problem in Windows 10.

1] Restore Defaults

The normal way of proceeding is to go to the File Explorer and right-click on any one of the ‘Documents’ folder

Next, select ‘Properties’ option from the list of options displayed. After that, switch to the ‘Location’ tab and click ‘Find target’.

Next, copy the address and paste it in the field above ‘Find Target’ option. Hit the ‘Restore Default’ button.

2] Change Registry Path

Create a system restore point first and then open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following path –

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Under the ‘User Shell Folders‘ key, edit the path for {35286A68-3C57-41A1-BBB1-0EAE73d76C95}to match the path shown for My Videos:  %USERPROFILE%\Videos.

Videos folder missing

After that, to fix the naming of the Documents folder, open the folder under This PC that has the Documents icon, Shift+right-click in the folder background and select ‘Open PowerShell window here‘ option. The path should read: C:\users\<UserName>\Documents.

Then, execute the following command:

ri desktop.ini -force

The command ‘Remove-Item’ deletes files and folders. So when added for Documents, it will delete the empty ‘Documents’ folder.

Now, simply find where the target location of both the folders is and check if anyone goes to the user name location. Delete the one which goes to the wrong location.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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