Google Chrome’s Show in folder option not working [FIX]

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Google Chrome has a Show in folder option (shown directly below) that you can click to open downloads in File Explorer . However, some Chrome users have reported that the option doesn’t work for them. If that’s the case, these are a few potential fixes:

Clear Chrome’s cookies

Cookies are website data files saved by browsers. A corrupt cookie could cause Chrome to malfunction, so deleting Chrome’s cookies might fix the Show in folder option. You can delete the cookies in Google Chrome as follows:

  • First, click the Customize Google Chrome button at the top right of the software’s window and select Settings from the menu.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Settings page and click Show advanced settings.
  • Press the Content Settings button to open the window in the snapshot below.

  • Cliick the All cookies and site data button there to open the window below.

  • Select the Remove all option to erase all the cookies and press Finished.

Reset the Google Chrome Browser

Most browsers have a Reset settings option that restores them to default and deletes all extra extensions, themes, and plug-ins. As such, the Reset button can fix lots of problems, problems that can include Chrome’s Show in folders option. This is how you can reset Google Chrome:

  • Click Customize Google Chrome > Settings to open the browser’s options.
  • Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page to expand the options.
  • Scroll further down to the Reset settings button shown in the shot below.

  • Click Reset settings and then Reset to restore Chrome to its default settings.

Clear the Local Storage Folder

Chrome’s Local Storage folder can also include corrupt user files. Deleting those might also fix the Show in folder option. You can open that folder and delete its contents as follows:

  • First, close Google Chrome if it’s open.
  • Click the Cortana button, input ‘folder options’ in the search box and select File Explorer Options to open the window directly below.

  • Click the View tab and select Show hidden files, folders and drives.
  • Press the Apply and OK buttons to confirm the new settings.
  • Open File Explorer and input ‘C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\’ in the path bar.

  • Select all the files there and click Delete button to erase them.

Uninstall Google Chrome With Revo Uninstall

Reinstalling Google Chrome can fix the Show in folder option. However, it might not be enough to remove the software with Programs and Features because it leaves leftover files and registry entries, so it’s better to thoroughly uninstall the browser with Revo Uninstaller. There’s a freeware version available you can add to Windows by clicking the Free Download button on this page. Then, you can reinstall Chrome as follows:

  • Open Revo Uninstaller and press its Uninstaller button.
  • Next, double-click Chrome and press the Yes button to confirm your selection.
  • An Uninstall Mode window opens from which you can select four alternative uninstall settings. Select the Advanced radio button for the most thorough uninstall and click Next.
  • Press the Uninstall button to remove Chrome.
  • When the uninstallation is complete, press Next to scan for all leftover items.
  • First, Revo Uninstaller will show you leftover registry items. Click Select All and press Delete to erase all the leftover registry entries.
  • Click Next again to delete leftover files. Click Select All > Delete > Yes to erase all leftover files to the Recycle Bin, which you should also empty.
  • Click Next > Finish and then close Revo Uninstaller.
  • Restart Windows 10 in Safe Mode, which you can do by holding the Shift key while clicking Restart.

  • Windows will reboot in advanced startup options. From there, you can select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Your PC will restart and then you can press F4 to select Enable Safe Mode from a list of options.
  • Now open this page to save Chrome’s installer to Windows, and reinstall Google Chrome in Safe Mode.

Those are a few potential fixes for Chrome’s Show in folder option. Do you have any other fixes for this? If so, you can state what they are in the comments section below.


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