Resolving the Missing File Explorer Issue in VS Code

The File Explorer in VS Code is a crucial feature that allows you to navigate through your files and directories effortlessly. However, due to reasons like unintended user actions, a glitch in the software, or a misbehaving extension, the File Explorer can sometimes disappear.

The Solution: ‘View: Reset View Locations’

To restore your missing File Explorer, VS Code provides a simple and effective command: ‘View: Reset View Locations’. This command resets the layout of the sidebar and panel, bringing back any missing view, including the File Explorer.

How to Run ‘View: Reset View Locations’

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to execute this command:

  1. Open the Command Palette: The Command Palette is a feature in VS Code that allows you to access all available commands. You can open it by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows and Linux, or Cmd+Shift+P on macOS.

  2. Type the Command: In the Command Palette, start typing ‘View: Reset View Locations’. As you type, VS Code will suggest commands that match your input. Once the ‘View: Reset View Locations’ command appears, click on it or press Enter to execute it.

  3. Check the File Explorer: After running the command, the layout of your VS Code should reset to its default state. This means the File Explorer should now be visible in the sidebar.