How to Fix Missing File and Folder Names in Windows Explorer –

In some cases, folder and file names are missing in Windows Explorer. In fact, the folder or file symbols appear correct, but their names are missing. This annoying problem can occur in all or specific folders for no apparent reason and especially if you have selected icon view (Appearance > Small, Medium, Big or Very large icon) instead of a list, details, tiles, or content view.

To resolve the “File or folder names are not visible” issue, follow these steps:


How to show missing folder and file names in Windows Explorer.

For Windows XP.

In Windows XP, the invisible names problem occurs when the display view is set to “.Sketches“. To solve this:

1. Open the folder with missing file and folder names.

2. Go to “Appearance” menu and select “Details“.

3. Now press and holdSHIFT” and while doing so, go to “Appearance” menu and select “Sketches“. *

*. Another way to reset file and folder names in Windows XP is to hold down the “” key.Ceiling” button when opening a folder where the folder/file names are not visible.

For Windows 7 or Vista.

In Windows 7 or Vista, this problem is usually “Pictures” folder. To solve this problem, you need to remove the “.Hide filenames” option. For this:

1. Navigate to the folder where the folder or file names are missing.

2. Right click go to an empty field and “Appearance” > “Hide filenames” option.


Solution 2. Delete the “desktop.ini” file.

If the above solution doesn’t work, you should delete the hidden “desktop.ini” file from each folder with invisible name(s) problem.

1. Turn on the Hidden files and folders view To do this, go to Windows Control Panel and:

  • It’s open Folder options.
    • click on Appearance Tab.
    • Check for turn on the Show hidden files, folders and drives option.
  • press OK.

2. Delete the “desktop.inifrom a folder with an invisible name problem.*

Tip: If you encounter the problem of missing folder or file names in multiple folders, you can easily find and delete them all”desktop.ini” if you do a simple file search for all files nameddesktop.ini“.


That’s it!

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