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Fix: File Explorer Icon Missing in Windows 10 Start Menu

Some Windows 10 users are complaining that the File Explorer is missing from the Start menu of Windows 10. In case, you’re also not seeing File Explorer in the Start menu, then in this article, you will find out how to restore it on the Start menu in Windows 10.

By default, the File Explorer icon is available in the taskbar in Windows 10. Additionally, users can also access the File Explorer in the start menu on the lower left side. One of the easiest ways to launch the File Explorer in Windows 10 is by pressing the WIN + E shortcut keys, but most of the users prefer to launch it right from the taskbar or Start menu.

But what if you’re one out of those users who is not seeing File Explorer icon in the Start menu of Windows 10? The all you can do is to follow the other methods to launch the File Explorer. Right? Of course not.

There are lots of ways to “Fix File Explorer icon missing from the Start menu in Windows 10” bug. Here in this article you will read about all the four different methods:

Solution 1: Verify Settings App

One can easily add or remove File Explore with the help of setting which is available in the new Settings app of Windows 10. To verify the settings, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Settings app. For that, click on the Start button and then click on the Settings icon available in the Start menu. In case, Settings app is missing in Start menu, check out this guide on Fix Settings App icon missing from the Start menu in Windows 10.

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Alternatively, you can simply press WIN + I keyboard shortcuts, to quickly launch the Settings app.

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2. After that, in the Settings app window click on the Personalization -> Start. On the left pane, scroll down to bottom and click on the link which reads “Choose which folders appear on Start.”

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Now verify that the File Explorer option is On. If it is disabled, then enable it by moving the toggle, and File Explorer will definitely appear in the Start menu.

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But for some reason, if you cannot change the setting for File Explorer or if the toggle is Grayed out, then check out solution 2 mentioned below.

Solution 2: Manually add Missing File Explorer in Start menu

As discussed above, if the File Explorer option in the Settings App is grayed out, then you cannot enable it directly. Not to worry, you can still restore the shortcut easily, All you need to do is to manually add the File Explorer shortcut in the Start menu.

1. Download the File Explorer file using this link. Now simply Extract the zip file to get the File Explorer shortcut.

2. After that launch the RUN dialog box. For that, Press WIN + R keyboard shortcuts and type the following path in it and press OK.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places

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Note: In above location, you need to replace C: with the name of the drive on which you have installed the Windows 10.

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3. Copy the extracted File Explorer shortcut and paste it in the folder. You will see the confirmation pop-up when trying to paste the file. Simply click on the “Continue” button.

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Launch the Settings app -> Personalization -> Click on Start tab. On the right side, choose which folder should appear on Start and enable the File Explorer option in the Settings.

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Solution 3: Alternate way to fix File Explorer option Grayed out in Settings App

1. Launch the RUN Dialog box by pressing WIN + R keyboard shortcut

2. In the RUN dialog box type the following location and click OK to launch the Start menu places folder.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places

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Note: C: denotes the drive in which you have installed your copy of Windows 10.

3. In the folder, make a right-click on the empty area of the folder and from the context menu select Properties.

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4. In the Start menu places properties tab, switch to Previous Versions tab, and choose the earlier data and then click on the Restore button.

Now doing this, the File Explorer shortcut will start appearing in the Start menu places folder. If it appears in the folder, you can now enable the File Explorer toggle in the settings app.

5. Now Launch the Settings app -> Personalization -> Click on Start tab. On the right side, choose which folder should appear on Start and enable the File Explorer option in the Settings.

Solution 4: Create Shortcut of the File Manually

1. First of all, you need to create a shortcut of File Explorer. For that, you need to make right-click on the empty space on the Windows 10 desktop. From the context menu, click on New-> Shortcut to launch create shortcut wizard.

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2. In the space provided for entering the location of the item, you need to type the path mentioned below:

%windir%\explorer.exe

After that, click on the Next button.

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3. In the next window, you will be asked to enter the name for the shortcut. In the space provided, type the item name to be File Explorer. After that, click on the Finish button to create the shortcut of File Explorer on the desktop.

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4. Now launch the RUN dialog box. For that, you need to press WIN + R keyboard shortcut. When RUN dialog box appears at the left button side of the screen enter the following path to launch the Start Menu places folder.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places

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5. In this folder, you need to copy paste the shortcut of File Explore which you have created previously on the desktop in step 3.

When confirmation pop-up appears, click on the Continue button.

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6. Now Launch the Settings app -> Personalization -> Click on Start tab. On the right side, choose which folder should appear on Start. Here you should see the File Explorer settings. Simply move the toggle to turn it on and the File Explorer icon will appear in the Start menu of Windows 10.

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That’s it! We are sure this method will definitely fix the File Explorer Icon Missing in Windows 10 Start Menu issue.

Why don’t you try these methods and let us know which one you used to fix the missing File Explorer bug? If this tutorial was helpful, don’t forget to share it with the world on Twitter and Facebook.

About Viney Dhiman

Viney completed his Engineering in 2014 and has 2 years of experience in the field of Technology and Web development. He likes to write about latest updates in the Tech World in his free time. Email: vineyvande19@gmail.com

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