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Pictures Folder Missing Windows 11 | Restore It Now

The Pictures folder disappearing in Windows 11 is a common issue, and you should not worry too much. You can apply multiple methods to recover the Pictures folder. Keep reading to find out!

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Pictures folder in Windows 11 usually can be easily found after Launch the File Explorer, and you'll see this folder under "This PC" path like the following picture:

Pictures folder missing Windows 11

If this Pictures folder is missing in Windows 11 or not in its original place, there are some possible reasons you should consider. You'll need to apply different solutions for different situations:

🗑️Accidental Deletion Although the Pictures folder cannot be deleted easily, you may encounter an unexpected virus attack and lose this folder. Usually, you cannot find the deleted Pictures folder from the Recycle Bin in Windows 11. Go to

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🗂️Folder Location Change The Pictures folder in Windows 11 may be moved to another location by accident; you should locate the Pictures folder and restore it to its original location. Go to

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❌Pictures Folder Hidden  The Pictures folder may be hidden. You can choose to show hidden files in Windows 11 to make the Pictures folder appear. Go to

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Fix 1. Recover Pictures Folder and Missing Photos in Windows 11 with Recovery Software

Is the Windows 11 Pictures folder missing because of accidental deletion? Don't worry! EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can scan and help you find missing files and folders. Download this 100% secure recovery software now!

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If the Pictures folder gets lost in Windows 11 because of deletion, you can recover the deleted folder and also the images without effort with the EaseUS recovery tool. Are you worried about the file formats of the photos that are difficult to restore? This photo recovery software can help you recover deleted JPG/JPEG, PNG, GIF, CR2/3, NEF, and many other pictures from the local disk.

Let's check how to restore the Pictures folder and also the photos in Windows 11 with the EaseUS photo recovery program:

Step 1. After installing this secure software, it will automatically start in Windows 11. On the home screen, you can select the disk/location to scan. There are two situations:

The Pictures folder is missing > choose local disk D/C to scan.

select a location and click scan

The Pictures folder is still there, but the data in it is missing > browse the Pictures folder to scan.

select Pictures folder to scan

Step 2. With EaseUS, you can recover deleted files in Windows 11 easily. Just use the Type filter to select the wanted file type, and you should choose "Pictures" this time to recover the lost Pictures folder. The photos will be classified with file format; just find the lost images in different folders.

choose Pictures

Step 3. Before recovery, you should preview the pictures and select all the wanted files from the recoverable list. By the way, please save the recovered pictures in a new location to avoid data overwrites

recover photos

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Fix 2. Restore Pictures Folder in Windows 11 with Restore Default Feature

Cannot access the Pictures folder in Win 11 from its original place? You can quickly locate this folder with the shell command. Check this guide to learn the simplest method of the Pictures folder recovery now:

Step 1. Launch Windows File Explorer and type in shell:My Pictures in the path tab. After typing and pressing the Enter key, you'll see the Pictures folder show up.

input shell my pictures command

Step 2. This path command will directly open the Pictures folder and show the subfolder. You need to go back to the main folder (Pictures) and click the three dots > Properties.

cliclk properties

Step 3. Then, choose the Location tab and click "Restore Default". The Pictures folder will be restored to its default place after clicking the button.

restore Pictures folder to default location

Step 4. If you don't want the Pictures folder to be restored to the original location, just select "Move…" and choose a new folder.

move Pictures folder to a new location

⭐Note: This method also works to solve the Documents folder missing in Windows 11.

Fix 3. Show Hidden Pictures Folder in File Explorer

It is possible that the Pictures folder is hidden accidentally in Windows 11. It is not moved or deleted. Let's check how to make the Pictures folder visible in File Explorer with simple steps:

Step 1. Wake up Windows 11 File Explorer with the search box or click the Windows icon and choose "File Explorer".

Step 2. Click the "View" button > move the pointer to "Show"> click "Hidden items".

show hidden items in Windows 11

Step 3. Your Pictures folder will show up now. Check the following passage to solve the show hidden files feature not working in Windows:

show hidden files not working

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Fix 4. Find Missing Photos in Pictures Folder from OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive will automatically sync the Pictures folder if you have enabled it before. How do you access OneDrive? It is pretty simple to access MS OneDrive in the Windows File Explorer sidebar. After launching the Windows Explorer, click "OneDrive - Personal" from the sidebar. After clicking it, you'll see the Pictures folder and the synced photos.

find Pictures folder in OneDrive


Hope you have found the Pictures folder now with the recommended methods. You can easily find the missing Pictures folder in Windows 11 with the "shell:My Pictures" command. If you think the Pictures folder has been deleted, don't hesitate to download the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

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Windows 11 Pictures Folder Recovery FAQs

Read the last part to learn more additional questions about Windows 11 Pictures folder recovery:

1. Where is my Pictures folder on Windows 11?

The Pictures folder on Windows 11 is located in This PC > Pictures. It is easy to find this folder directly under the This PC section in Windows File Explorer.

2. How do I restore the Pictures folder to the default location?

Use the "shell:My Pictures" command to quickly locate the Pictures folder in Windows, and you can click the three dots > Properties > Location > Restore Default to restore the Pictures folder to the original location.

3. Why has my Pictures folder disappeared from my computer?

Your Pictures folder may disappear from the computer for three reasons: 

  • The folder is moved to another location
  • You have settled that the Pictures folder should be hidden
  • The Pictures folder is accidentally deleted

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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