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Customizing Windows Explorer's/File Explorer's Right Pane (Win7/Win10)

Q: Customizing Windows Explorer's/File Explorer's Right Pane (Win7/Win10)

Been grappling for some time to customizing the right pane of either Win7 or Win10 (not sure if they respond the same) to allow permanent column and column title arrangements. Ideally I would like to apply such attributes to a specific folder and all it's sub-folders. An example is below:
I would also love to be able to set these columns as fixed widths, but this is not as important as the specific columns themselves.

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Hi to all, i have a laptop running Windows 7 Professional. The problem is strange and havent had it on any other Windows 7 machine.

If i click the folder icon on the bottom tool bar (windows explorer) then in the left hand pane expand the C drive then right click on any folder it instantly displays a dialog saying Explorer has experienced a problem and needs to close, windows is
looking for a fix for this problem (cant remember exact wording) then Explorer.exe restarts. This happens on the local C drive and Network drives. 
I though it could be a permissions problem so have taken ownership of all files & folders on the C drive which made no difference, i have removed the laptop from our server / domain and it is still the same / no change.
Can anyone shed any light on this problem or offer any ideas on fixing it? the laptop is only a few months old and is i5 / 4GB RAM Dell machine running Windows 7 Pro SP1 office 2003 Pro, checked for virus & adware & all clean.

A:Explorer.exe crashes when righ click on item in left pane on windows explorer nothing in system logs, explorer.exe restarts.

The faulting module (Fault Module Name: SHELL32.dll) shell32.dll is a Windows system file however the file that is actually causing the crash may be a third party file which from the symptoms
may be a third party context menu handler.
The following link has some info and a download to ShellExView which you can use to selectively disable third party context menu handlers to find out a problematic one:
You could try disabling all non-Microsoft context menu handlers and then, if the problem resolves, re-enable them one at a time to see which one was the problem.
BTW, the error should be logged in the Event Viewer Application log as a Application Error involving explorer.exe

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I am looking for replacement of window explorer - dual pane.

I know there is Directory opus. I have seen a few others last year bur I am unable to find them now. Maybe you can help.

Does not have to be free version

I use windows 7 ultimate sp1

Tahnk you very much

A:Solved: Dual Pane File Manager (Windows Explorer)

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Hi since installing a program "page plus x9" windows explorer will no longer preview .spp files
(photo plus picture file, which it did before, & dose on computers I have that don't have this program,Ive called the program co "Serif" they say the program has nothing to do w/ the problem ?? the present default program to open SPP files is photo plus. Ive tried recovering the comp. back to befor the x9 program was installed,w/no improvement

A:windows explorer 7 file preview pane won't show spp files

Do you also have Photo Plus installed?
If so you may need to reassociate the spp file type back to Photo Plus

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This has stumped me so good I actually signed up to a forum... Hey guys..

Long story short.. "Show Libraries" refuses to work in File Explorer

I've done this.. And it doesn't do anything. It doesn't even leave a check or anything.

I've done this.. And while it leaves a check showing it's "working".. It still isn't showing my libraries

I've also done this.. It checks, I hit apply, ok to close the box and nope.. If I re-open the folder options again the box is unchecked.

The only way in File Explorer I can get it to show my libraries is use "Show All Folders".. Which I don't want to do.

The strangest part is.. In the OPEN Dialog (the dialog that opens if you want to browse files to upload to say, imgur).. It works as it should..

I've done a sfc /scannow and it comes out clean.. I have no idea how File Explorer got so corrupt. Windows updates are all current, etc..

A:Windows 8.1 File Explorer pane broken library view

Hello Styckx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Using Option Four in the tutorial below to add Libraries to the navigation pane may be able to sort this for you.

Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

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I've searched Brink's tutorials and haven't found what I'm sure must be there--so a link from someone would be handy.

1. I'd like to set an explorer taskbar (or any explorer) shortcut to open a certain folder by default. I inserted 'C:\MyStuff' in Properties/Start In but that doesn't work?

2. I had dragged the 'name' explorer from under Accessories at some earlier point thinking that would create a copy--it did not. Now there is no explorer located under accessories. If I were to replace that shortcut with another would I have to go find explorer.exe and do so from there?

3. I did have a shortcut located on my Rocketbar that I could click more than once to create more than one instance of explorer--but I cannot do that with the taskbar shortcut. What had I previously done differently to allow multiple instances?

A:Customizing file explorer

Hello Mark,

The tutorial below can help show you how to change the "Target" of the shortcut to open to what you like instead.Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target
However, you could use the tutorial below to pin any folder you like to the taskbar that will work how you wanted.Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder
For shortcuts in other locations, you could just create a shortcut directly from the folder to use there instead.Shortcut - Create for a File, Folder, Drive, or Program in Windows
Hope this helps,

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I have received an e-mail response from the creator of Windows Double Explorer / Windows Dual Pane Explorer (names seem to be interchangeable) . My apologies for not knowing the proper terms, but I hope anyone will be able to understand what I’m about to describe.

According to information provided by the creator of WDE / WDPE one uninstalls the program by doing the following:

Navigate to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. There you should find a shortcut file (look for a file not a folder) named Windows Dual Pane Explorer. Select that shortcut file, options click and writedown the target path of the shortcut. Delete the shortcut. Navigate to the location the target path dictates. There you should find both a zipped and an unzipped folder of WDE / WDPE. Delete the folders and also any other shortcut files to WDE / WDPE that you may have created and you&#8217;re done.

Apparently WDE / WDPE is never actually installed. Instead WDE/WDPE initially downloads a folder named WDE Portable zipped. When this download folder is launched it unzips another folder named WDE Portable unzipped into the same directory. During the unzipping process a shortcut is created on the desktop that points back to the unzipped folder. Thusly WDE/WDPE never gets listed into Windows Control Panel&#8217;s Program Files & Features section. That&#8217;s why it can&#8217;t be uninstalled as one might ordinarily expe... Read more

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When I open an instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane show little or nothing (no drives, folders, etc.). Also the preview pane does not show a preview for any selected files (See Capture1.JPG).
If I open a second (or higher) instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane functions properly (the preview still does not show) (See Capture2.JPG).
I have previews set to show (See Capture3.JPG).
Also occasionally, the file icons will be blank instead of showing the file type specific icon. When this happens, the address bar also seems to take a long time to load. The load bar will stop before reaching the end and won't finish (See Capture4.JPG).

Does anyone know what is going on or how to fix this?

FYI I am running 64 bit Windows 7 Pro.

A:Windows Explorer: Navigation Pane and Preview Pane Bug

Try Explorer++ and see if you get the same problem.

Need to enable "Folders" view.
If it works then you can rule out problems with system files and it's probably a buggy shell extension.


It's portable and runs without installation.

Let us know if navigation pane works using Explorer++

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Back when I was using a Vista computer, I found a nice two pane file/windows explorer program.

Does such a thing exist for Win 10 ?


A:two pane file explorer ?

You can use 7zip

Solved Latest 7-Zip Update - Windows 10 Forums

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Upgraded my Win 8 Pro to Win 8.1 Pro and problems started.

Now my File Explorer Navigation Pane Favorites feature is completely missing and cannot be restored, regardless of what I have tried.
I have tried:

1. File Explorer ribbon / View tab / Navigation Pane / Show Favorites = ON
2. Folder Options / General tab / Navigation Pane / Show favorites = ON (also have tried Restore Defaults)
3. Recreate "C:\Users\<my user name>\Links\" folder and create a link inside it.
4. Run the "fix_empty_favorites.reg" file
Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix - Windows 7 Help Forums

5. Run "Add_Favorites_to_Navigation_Pane.bat" file:
Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8

6. Manually restore Default Favorite Links :
Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Help Forums

7. Ensure "{BFB9D5E0-C6A9-404C-B2B2-AE6DB6AF4968}" registry branch that is pointing to my proper Links folder as per :
User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

8. Remove/detach from Homegroup (don't need it).
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings - Windows 7 Help Forums

9. Added. Right click on the Navigation pane and Select "Show Favorites" to be ON.

... and of course, log out/login AND reboot multiple times after all of the above.

The Favorites will not appear on Navigation pane.

Any help, anyone?

A:Win 8.1 Pro - Favorites gone from File Explorer Nav Pane

Just right click on empty left hand side , elect to show favorites

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When opening Excel files off our DFS while having Windows Explorer Preview Pane enabled our users will get the "open in read-only" notification about 60% of the time.  This forces them to open the file in read-only mode...or close out, cross
their fingers, and try opening again.
I applied the reg keys listed in this support article
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942146, rebooted the Win7 Pro x64 test client, and we still get the File Lock notices when the preview pane is enabled.  Anybody else figure out a solid solution for this
issue besides disabling the preview pane?

A:Explorer Preview Pane causes File Lock

Thanks for the link Alex.  The client is Win7 SP1 and I've tried adding the OpLock registry keys and rebooting but no change.  At the moment we're not pushing out Office patches so I may run a full update for grins. 

I noticed one of the suggestions in the technet post you provided is to disable the preview pane - which is allowing the file open process to run as expected for us.  Luckily there are very few people that have explorer setup with preview
pane so there's only been one report so far.

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Hi everyone:

How can I open explorer to a particular left pane file? I want to open to: Libraries, Documents, My documents (with the files showing underneath my doucments). I have been able to open to: user, my documents, but I would rather open to the libraries file structure - it looks cleaner.

Thanks, in advance.

A:Open Explorer To Left Pane File

Quote: Originally Posted by ASR

Hi everyone:

How can I open explorer to a particular left pane file? I want to open to: Libraries, Documents, My documents (with the files showing underneath my doucments). I have been able to open to: user, my documents, but I would rather open to the libraries file structure - it looks cleaner.

Thanks, in advance.

Do you mean like this?:

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Thanks Brink
Another (similar) question in case you know the answer or have time to have a look at it. I moved my OneDrive folder to my E:\ drive on Surface Pro. A OneDrive icon has now appeared at the top of my FE navigation pane, which I would like to remove or hide. I have tried a few regedits but no success. I posted separately on this at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/o...=1463225945905

Some useful answers, but haven't cracked it yet. Sorry to trouble you with it, but your knowledge of the W10 registry seems to be unparalelled.

A:How to remove OneDrive from navigation pane of File Explorer

Hello Jon,

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help.

OneDrive - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

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I do not want to see a large space to the right of my photos & files in file explorer. I want to see the full space filled with them. I have been searching for hours for the mythical "General Tab" which supposedly contains the key but it doesn't seem to exist. Does anyone know if this display is possible?

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This is something that's been bothering me since I upgraded this Dell XPS8700 to windows 10 some two weeks or more ago.

The left pane in File Explorer seems to duplicate my drive letters and info other than what's under the entry "This PC".

If I look down the list, starting just below the Libraries folder, the drive letters are repeated but not all of them.

Like I have under This PC : C: , DVDRW D:, E:, F: , a card reader, H,L,K, external drives L:, another card reader letter M:, a second external drive N:, followed by some NAS folders I have mapped, V, W, X. and Y.

Down past the Libraries folder are again: H, L, N, M, K, and I, then Network etc, Homegroup etc.

Hard to describe, I could do a screen shot and post it if that would help see it.

How and why are all these drive letters getting into this tree twice? Anyone?

TIA - Gene

A:Strange and cluttered File Explorer left pane

Have a read through this tutorial and all will be explained!

Drives in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10

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I've searched the tutorials about file and folder settings but I couldn't find this:

The windows explorer has a kind of status bar that can show details about my files. But how can I configure what details I want to see?
E.g. when I have a jpg file, Win seems to think it's a photo and it shows me the date when I took the photo, it shows ratings etc. But I don't want that, not all my jpgs are photos and I certainly don't need ratings.
And when I've selected multiple items, it doesn't show me the file size of the bunch, I have to do an extra click on "Show details" to see how big they are all together.

Any chance of customizing this?

A:Customizing Windows Explorer?

If I get what you are asking, can you right click on the column header and get choices there?

A Guy

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I am doing a lot of tedious copy work now, moving files from an external drive to an internal drive - both have very similar directory structures and names. Is there some way I can change the appearance of the window that is looking at the external drive, so that it is easier to remember which one is which? For example, can I change the background color of the window for that drive?

A:Customizing windows explorer

Unfortunately, unlike Macintosh OS, you cannot change the color of any folders, they are all yellow. However, you can change the folders Icon. Right click a folder, choose Properties/Customize/Change Icon. You can choose one of the icons from the list or browse to one on your computer.

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I don't know where to put this topic.
Is there any way to customize a folder's background? I want to place a picture in the background of any or all folders.

A:Customizing Windows Explorer

Customize Folders with IESHWIZ Utility

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After installing Dropbox, I notice that there's now a custom link to the Dropbox folder in my File Explorer > Navigation Pane > Desktop list (see screenshot below).

Does anyone know how I can add such (sym?)links to other directories on the computer?

Specifically looking for ways to add to list in the "Desktop" section of Navigation Pane... not the "Quick access" list.

My thinking is... I'd like to consolidate shortcuts to my custom cloud storage folders. Right now there's OneDrive (built in to W10) and Dropbox, and I'd like to add similar links for my Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc. directories. Trying to have them all appear together under "Desktop", rather than split between Desktop and Quick Access.

A:How to add custom folders to File Explorer > Navigation Pane > Desktop

Lots of good info here:


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After installing Dropbox, I notice that there's now a custom link to the Dropbox folder in my File Explorer > Navigation Pane > Desktop list (see screenshot below).

Does anyone know how I can add such (sym?)links to other directories on the computer?

Specifically looking for ways to add to list in the "Desktop" section of Navigation Pane... not the "Quick access" list.

My thinking is... I'd like to consolidate shortcuts to my custom cloud storage folders. Right now there's OneDrive (built in to W10) and Dropbox, and I'd like to add similar links for my Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc. directories. Trying to have them all appear together under "Desktop", rather than split between Desktop and Quick Access.

A:How to add custom folders to File Explorer > Navigation Pane > Desktop

Lots of good info here:


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when on a directory press the down arrow button and the next directory will show in the file pane
this has been around since win 95
We have been using this paradigm for decades, who at MS is deciding to change everything for the worse?

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I am quite new to modifications to Windows and would like to know how to make the minimize, maximize and exit captions appear two dimensional (as they appear in a window that is not selected). In other words, all window captions will appear as if they are not selected, with no red in the corner, just the two dimensional unselected captions.

Do I need resource hacker to do this? Where can I find the files that contain these captions so as to copy them?

A:Customizing Windows Captions In Explorer etc.

Welcome to the Seven Forums

I would recommend first that you start a new custom theme so you do not corrupt the original, look at Post #38 Here it will show you how.

You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

OK the images you will need to edit our in the Steam image #971 in the .msstyles in the new theme folder that you should make from above. Yes resource hacker can be used (I never have much luck with it)
If it's too difficult I have Ave's Windows7 Style Builder and could make those changes to the buttons.(This program breaks down that Steam image #971 into individual locations) and posted here in a zip folder. Or if you would happen to purchase it I could show you what to do.

Let me know.


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Ok so i know how to skin WMP 12 etc. from the screenshot you can see that i'm a token themer fan and like the dark side of things for a desktop however I prefer using WMP over all other media players but cannot seem to skin it well, the skins add-on that comes with it suck, i can manage to edit it all except the font colour and i'm not sure on how to do this in windows seven any help?

secondly i need something simple here :P

how to i move that box highlighted in red to the bottom of windows explorer windows?

A:WMP 12 Customizing and Windows explorer editing

Your desktop looks pretty wicked, mind sharing what you are using?

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Hi all,

does anyone know if it is possible to customize the file info items shown in the windows explorer status bar when a single file is selected? It's currently showing [File Type|Date Modified|Size] for generic types, and a few additional items for common media formats, such as [Duration] and [Bit Rate]. I'm unclear if this is the standard behaviour or if it has something to do with the columns selected for Details view in the main pane, or something along those lines.

Tried google and found one related thread, which however didn't contain any helpful suggestions.



A:Customizing Windows Explorer Status Bar

Wow Kassy,

Nice question!

I've been looking in to this for ages and I've only really found this:

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To edit the infotip/tooltip for the 'My Computer' icon to reflect the computer name, you'd set " InfoTip" to %computername% in this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

You can search the 'REG_SZ' data to find the icon you want - So the above example would be 'COMPUTER'. {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} represents 'NETWORK' et-cetera et-cetera..

Not really sure where the other info would come in to it - There is a 'LocalizedString' which is a REG_EXPAND_SZ and the data is '@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-9217'. Which is obviously the icon, rather than the data. I'd make some changes and play about with it until I got my head around it, but I'm currently on Win 7 Pro X64, so there is not much point!

Hope it helps!

Reference this link for more info:

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We have enable the preview pane for Windows Explorer within the Local Group Policy Editor, however no preview pane is showing in Windows Explorer. What other setting do we need to look for?

A:Enable preview pane for Windows Explorer, but no preview pane showing


I found several users who had the similar issue as yours, they gave the advices may help you, please refer to the link:

Windows 7 Preview Pane not working:

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I have need of a context menu in Windows 7 Explorer that is essentially the "move to folder" command, but with a twist.

Instead of bringing up a dialog of where to move a file, I'd like to bring up a list.  The list would have three types of entries:
1) Recently visited folders
2) List of favorite folders (pinned)
3) Standard browse to folder

So, I have a few questions:

1) Has this been done already?  If so, where can I get it?
2) Where can I get Windows' recently visited folders programmatically?  If necessary, I can get these from recently used files, so where would I get the recently used files list programmatically?
3) Is there any source code I can build off of which does something similar (preferably Python)?  If necessary: C++, C#,  Java?


I'm aware of the
CodePlex source code for the MS examples, but they are long and pretty different from what I'm trying to acheive.

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Hi guys,

Am new here!!! I have got a problem that has been niggling me for ages! Whenever I double click on a particular drive within my windows explorer to open it - it comes up with the search window AND NOT the drive itself. I have to right click on the drive concerned and then select explore or open, to bypass the search facility. I have noticed that the search option is in bold and at the top of the list, which seems to stipulate that it is the default opition.

My question is how can I changed the "search" opition from being the default opition to making the "explore" opition being the default, so that when I double click on the drive concerned it opens that up and not the "search" window.

I have tried scanning the web to solve this but I cant seem to get any further forward - this is probably so easy to do but I dont know how to do it. Can you please help.

Thanks in advance!



A:Solved: Customizing right click menu on windows explorer

It's a common registry corruption issue. This patch will fix it if it is what I think it is:


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How do I log into my Windows 10 PC using ES File Explorer over my home WiFi?

I get there using ES File Explorer but where the hell do I go to find those credentials??????

Cookbook instructions: move pointer here, click this, select that, check this box, uncheck this box, etc. Screenshots are appreciated

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How do I get changes in File Explorer (new folders, new file names, new files copied in, etc.) to show up instantly WITHOUT having to hit F5 in Windows 10?

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I missed this yesterday, it's different from the nVidia problem, this one can affect many.  The article (click here) has advice on how to prevent your network or File Explorer from crashing, until a fix has come out in Win10 updates.
Maybe the fix has already been sent, but I only saw a Windows Defender update this morning.  Mr. Woody Leonhard here says the fix has been issued.  I didn't see it, will have to check.

A:How to avoid Win10 File Explorer crash due to WU just issued

This just gets better and better. It's bad enought for people with some experience to deal with these issues but what happens to all the poor souls with little computer experience when a KB update borks their computers?
Edit: An Microsoft is thinking about pushing out these updates using P2P?

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Hey guys.
Lately, when I open up any folder, I get a blank pane (picture included.)

Do you have any ideas how to fix this?


A:Blank Windows Explorer Pane

Hello Justin,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You could try a restore point to a time before the problem started. Info here if needed. System Restore

You could also do a system file check (sfc). Info here: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please keep us posted.


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Can anyone teach me how to stop the folder automatic fold-up in the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer? I would like to leave the folders open that I open just like all the other previous Windows versions have done.
I sure hope there is a way to stop it. I have tried for a long time to get used to it but it just isn't my cup of tea!
Thank You in Advance for whatever information you can give.

A:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Doesn't look like anyone has the answer to stopping that obnotious automatic fold up

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Any idea how to remove the Navigation pane in Windows Explorer in Windows Vista (Home Premium)? Kinda takes upa bit of real estate...

A:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Click on the Organize button, then on the Layout selection, then uncheck Navigation Pane.

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I got a problem with the sidebar in windows explorer. Sometimes when i open it the only things that shows is the favorites, libraries and homegroup titles but non of the folders or links that are supposed to be there.

It stays like that for a while and then its back to normal (but only if/when i open a new explorer window). Im able to access e.g. the libraries when its like this but it looks like its searching for them but cant find them.

Help is very much appriciated

A:Windows explorer navigation pane

It can take a while to load everything on various machines, depending on hardware and configuration.

If you don't want it to load all folders, ( which takes time);

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder[2]=File%20Folder%20Settings

there are other tutorials there on this and similar matters.

By the way, that window is known as the "Explorer Navigation Pane", "Sidebar" refers to something else.

Regards....Mike Connor

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Windows Explorer - Single pane

In XP how do I create a shortcut to have Windows Explorer open to a drive in a single pane.
Single pane = the whole window with nothing but folders.

A:Windows Explorer - Single pane

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I have an issue about Windows Explorer in Windows 7 Home Premium I have use this OS for a long time but then
Suddenly, this pane comes up and I cant close it. Can someone Help me?

Here's the image of that Pane :

A:How can I close this Windows Explorer Pane?

Status Bar - Turn On or Off

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Is there a way to display file folder location in the details pane view?
In the search box I've type *.* and it display all files.  There are duplicate files I want to delete so I want to see which folder they're in without checking each file's properties.

Thanks in advance.

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[Not sure question in right Forum.] Problem is with Win95 and when I right clik on something in My Computer to bring up Explore menu option, and then left clik on left side of window to display contents to the right, I am not able to get the right pane with the contents listed as always have.
Nothing comes up. I dragged the window from the right but the right pane was not hidden there. I get info in the bar above Start bar showing how many Objects and how much disk space is used and free. I've Re-started computer a couple of times to no avail. Never had this problem before.

A:{Solved} No right pane with Windows Explorer

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I do not have a folder pane (a folder tree with the Desktop, my Computer, the Network) in Explorer any more.
This is a rather annoiing and difficult problem, and have searched several times for hour with NO solution for Vista.

I do not know exactly when this started, since I'm not normally using Windows Explorer that much. Now when I open the Explorer, the place where the Folder pane should be is totally blank, as seen below. (My Layout is set to "Navigation Pane")

I can see contents of folders in the Right pane and navigate through them, but can't see any folder hierarchy in the Left Folder-pane -- it's just totally blank as shown above.

Does anyone have a solution? I'd rather not re-install Vista...

PS: The problem seemed to exists in W9x and ME too Windows Explorer-Left Pane Empty - Tech Support Guy Forums and has a fix from MS, to delete a part of the registry, but this does not work for Vista.

Thanks a lot in Advance,

PS: I've read Brink's information on resetting Folder View settings and tried this to, but it did not help.

A:Blank folder pane in Windows Explorer

Try this and see whether it helps:
Left Folder Pane Not Displayed In Windows 7 or Vista Explorer

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I have just installed Windows 2000 server on a Dell Poweredge 2450, when entering windows explorer the lft pane is grayed out. I am running IE6 and have removed all security patches for windows to no avail.

Please Help !

A:[Resolved] Windows Explorer pane grayed out

Welcome to TSG, tthulen.

Run regedit and navigate to the following key:


With that key highlighted, click File (or Registry) > Export, name and save the key to the desktop.

With the .reg file on the desktop, Right click on it and rename it with a .txt extension

Now upload it here as an attachement so we can see what is there. There is a possible fix for this, but it may vary somewhat in Win2k

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I just reformated my hard drive and reloaded XP Home. The problem I'm having, is that when I open Windows Explorer, (not Internet Explorer) the left pane (tree) does not cascade automatic to show all the folders. It just shows Documents, My Computer and the + sign beside each one to expand to the folders. It used to do this automatically in the past. I've tried all the view options on the tool bars, all property settings and nothing works. I'm running active desktop like I always do. Any ideas?

Thanks, Steve

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We have a Dell desktop that has Windows 2000. When we open My Computer or Windows Explorer it is blank besides a small box with a dot in the upper left corner. I have switched views and it still is blank. The All folders pane shows the folder in Explorer. There are a couple of folder that can be selected and they will display file in the left pane but most will not. I need help. Thanks!

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I am wanting to to the folders into links like in XP so that by clicking the name of the folder it will expand. Windows 7 seems to have gone to a little triangle symbol next to the name for this purpose, but it is annoying spending time trying to hit that small symbol. Is there any way to make the listings into links? Thanks.

A:Windows 7 Explorer Navigation pane Question

Hello nakedbamboo,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

Try a double click to expand folders.

Hope this helps.


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Good day to all,

I'm trying to fix a small annoyance of mine with Windows Explorer. I would like the "Computer" to be permanently expanded. Here are some images that will clarify what I am trying to accomplish. The 1st image is what my navigation pane currently looks like, the 2nd is what I would like for it to look like

1st Image
2nd Image

I would also like to remove certain items in the Navigation pane that I don't use such as "Network" and/or "Control Panel" if possible. I have tried a program that was suggested in another post which was suggested by the user mickey megabyte and can be found [URL="[/URL] . However sadly, this program did not remove any of these unwanted items.

I wasn't certain which forum to post this question in so I went with General Discussion. As per my usual etiquette, if anyone can help me reach a solution I will update my post with a clear guideline on how to fix the problem so that future users won't have to ask the same question.


A:Changing Windows Explorer's Navigation Pane

Your images aren't visible, nor is your link to the other thread.

Edit your post and make sure your html tags are correct.

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Maybe this has been discussed before, but I'm noticing that the navigation pane in Windows Explorer doesn't automatically scroll left and right anymore in the latest builds. Nor is there a horizontal scroll bar on that pane, like there was on XP. So if you have folders that are nested more than four or five deep, the only way to see the deeper levels is to drag that pane wider.

This is happening in both 7048 and 7057. Are others seeing this? Is this a bug or are they changing the way horizontal scrolling works and it's just not finished?

A:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Autoscroll

I couldn't say about the navigation pane as I always disable all the extra windows options for the explorer windows. As for the horizontal scroll - if I understand you correctly, that is still there but you have to scale the window horizontally until there is less than one tiles worth of space. Otherwise the icons just auto tile themselves.

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Hello SevenForums, I am having a particularly annoying problem with my favorites shortcuts in my navigation pane. I have no idea what I actually did but I know I accidentally altered the "Links" file in C:/(Users)/(MyUser)/Links. Ever since then my "Favorites" shortcuts in the navigation pane are completely empty. I cannot add new links either.

I have tried everything from the simple "restore favorite links" option to manually editing the registry value to be sure in included the "IsShortcut" entry. I have tried the techniques from several different threads on this very website. I have tried every single option from each one of these tutorials:

Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix
Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane
User Folders - Restore Default Location
Default File Type Associations - Restore

Nothing has fixed the problem.

In addition to this all the sections in the navigation pane that used to independent (IE - Libraries, Computer, Network, ETC) are all now contained under the "Desktop" category. This is a recent issue and not nearly as maddening as the favorites issue I described above.

So priority one for me is to fix the favorites links. If anyone can shed some light on the situation I would greatly appreciate it.

A:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Problems

Hello brewersomething, and welcome to Seven Forums.

All of your default Favorites are there in the right pane when you have Favorites selected. It appears that you need to expand open Favorites in the navigation pane by clicking on the small white outlined triangle just to the left of Favorites.

It looks like you have your navigation pane set to "show all folders". Unchecking this option using the method in the tutorial below will have your navigation pane show in separate groups again.

Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

Hope this helps for now,

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