Fix Missing “Save To Desktop” Option In Save Dialog Box

In Windows 7 the Save dialog box offers variety locations to save files and are enumerated on the left side of the box. In order to save, let us say a picture that we find interesting on the web page we right click on it and choose Save Picture As. When I tried to save the file on my desktop I saw that Save to desktop option under Favorites was missing on the left side of the box.

Desktop Option missing from Save dialog box

Desktop option missing under Favorites

In order to get back the desktop option, right click on Favorites and choose Restore Favorite Links.

Restore missing Desktop option

Perhaps you can also double click on Favorites this will open the location on the right side of dialog box and then click on Desktop. Now when you try to save a file you will see the desktop option listed under Favorites.

Desktop Option Restored

Desktop Option Restored

If you are in Windows XP, TweakUI tool will help in this direction from Common Dialogs-Places Bar.

Download : TweakUI

If you wish to customize Windows Places Bar then Melloware PlacesBar Editor is a good choice, its easy to use interface equipped with Test Button and there is also a Defaults button that resets the parameters to default settings in case something goes wrong. It works on Windows 2000/XP/ME/Vista and perhaps 7. Download the freeware from this link.

Download : Melloware’s Placesbar Editor

Hope this will help you in case you will need it.

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Posted in Softwares | 11 Responses


  1. Jupiter
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

    Made my day ! In Firefox, It was there, ( the “Desktop” link) and somehow it disapeared…if you want to use a folder on your dektop ( “Desktop Downloads” for example) click on desktop then in the window drag the folder to the “Favorites” link and you just createdf a new link to the folder! EASY PEASY! Rock ON!

  2. Jackie
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM | Permalink

    Thank you! Thank you!

  3. Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    Awesome.Great tips. I just restore my desktop save option..

  4. Naveed
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM | Permalink


  5. Tim
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 6:19 AM | Permalink

    To coin Staples….THAT WAS EASY! Thank you.

  6. Posted November 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    Quick, and vital fix. Thanks.

  7. Emanuel2222
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM | Permalink

    thx a lot. Problem solved by Restore favorite… Keep up with the good work ! Cheers.

  8. Ukie John
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 7:06 AM | Permalink

    I tryed to do as you say in Windows-7 32bit. = Did not work. But thanks for your help. = I right clicked on FAVORITES then clicken on “Expand” & this made the Desktop come back…… Thanks for your help John

  9. azziz07
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 2:16 AM | Permalink

    this is cool article, well written thanks for sharing.

  10. Posted April 18, 2012 at 12:59 AM | Permalink

    Thanks! I was searching for it but I didn’t get and I was wondering whom to ask about it. But finally you helped. Good! I appreciate it. I got this in my newsletter and really found it useful. thanks a lot. :)

    • Samuel
      Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

      You are welcome Pradeep.

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