How to Deal with Missing Files in Windows 8 Folders
When you open a folder in Windows 8 — or even look at your desktop — you expect to see everything it contains. But when something's missing or there's nothing inside it at all, check these things before panicking:
Check the Search box. Whenever you type something into a folder's Search box — that little box near the folder's top-right corner — Windows 8 begins looking for it by hiding everything that doesn't match your search. If a folder isn't showing everything it should, delete any words you see in the Search box.
Make sure that the desktop isn't hiding things. To make sure that your desktop isn't cloaking your icons, right-click an empty part of your desktop, choose View, and select the Show Desktop Icons check box.
If everything's really gone, check out the previous versions of that folder. Windows 8 not only tracks previous versions of files and folders but it keeps track of your desktop's past life, as well.
For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.