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

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

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.

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

Lots of good info here:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...or=-2147217396

Keith

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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:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...or=-2147217396

Keith

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There are several articles on how to remove existing features/groups from the Windows Explorer navigation pane. Is it possible to add a new folder or shortcut to the navigation pane either by editing the registry to create a new navigation pane entry or to change what a current feature, say favorites, actually points to (in this case C:\Users\user-name\Links)?

Articles I'm Referring Too
Control Panel - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
HomeGroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
User Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

A:Adding A Custom Folder To Explorer Navigation Pane

Hello Mulsiphix,

I'm not sure about that, but you can add them to Favorites in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane for easy use. The tutorial below can help show you more on this. It's the same in Windows 7 as Vista.

Favorite Links - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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What my plan is, is to remove Desktop from the Navigation Pane maybe using a Registry Hack but I think if it did, it would remove the others too since they expand from Desktop. I never use Desktop from Navigation Pane and just find it to be a nuisance to always have it collapsed and just remove it instead. Is there any method of doing this please?

Example below:


I have already removed Favourites and if I can get Desktop to be removed I will remove the Homegroup and Network from that too using Brink's already made Tutorials.

A:Remove Desktop from Explorer Navigation Pane.

Goto Folder options and in the Navigation pane untick Show all folders.

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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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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.
Jon

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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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.

https://explorerplusplus.com/

It's portable and runs without installation.

Let us know if navigation pane works using Explorer++

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Since I upgraded to 8.1 (x64), I am unable to hide custom made libraries in the navigation pane. The default libraries can be hidden/shown. Does a custom library have a registry entry? I'm sure its visibility is controlled by a simple value.

No, I don't have "show all folders" selected.

Incidentally, this Libraries - Move above This PC in Windows 8.1 trick creates two lists of libraries in the navigation pane.

A:8.1 - Cannot Hide Custom Made Libraries in Navigation Pane

After some searching, I've found that the library options are in the .library-ms files and the navigation pane ignores the value of the isLibraryPinned element for custom libraries and also ignores the value for a copy of a default library. I guess I'll have to live with it until it's fixed via an update if ever.

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Hi,
I am very interesting about this subject .
But I want create a new folder as "Programs" and want also keep the others - so do some body knows about and gives information....
Regards.

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Hello,

A few weeks ago I was investigating the possiblities of removing certain folders from the left navigation pane (see screenshot):

I then stumbled upon the option of editing the registry to make at least the following libraries disappear marked within the green square:
 
Is there a way to remove the libraries from left navigation pane without having to make edits to my server's registry?

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In the navigation pane of Outlook 2003 I have personal folders and archive folders.

Is it possible to remove or hide the archive folders. I can not remember the last time I needed information from any of those folders.

Thank you
 

A:Hiding archive folders in navigation pane

Archive Folder Options are found here:

Tools>Options>Other (Tab)>Auto Archive (button)>Show archive folder in folder list (check box).
 

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Hi,

I was wondering if it was possible to make the folders nested in the Favorites of the Navigation Pane. AFAIK nested folders work in both Libraries and Computer of the Navigation Pane, however when moved to Favorites they are just a simple link.

I've Googled a bit and all signs point to no (which sucks), but wanted to get a confirm from W7 gurus here.

Thanks.

A:Nested folders in Favorites in Navigation Pane

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Backdraft


Hi,

I was wondering if it was possible to make the folders nested in the Favorites of the Navigation Pane. AFAIK nested folders work in both Libraries and Computer of the Navigation Pane, however when moved to Favorites they are just a simple link.

I've Googled a bit and all signs point to no (which sucks), but wanted to get a confirm from W7 gurus here.

Thanks.


You've answered your own post.

No, you cannot have nested folders in the "Favourites" navigation pane. Which I agree with you, sucks.

Not that it matters to me anyway, as I make far better use of the libraries anyway...

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How to change names of the folders in navigation pane in Windows 8.1 x64 under This PC category? I want to change the names which are shown in File Explorer, not actually change locations.

A:change names of the folders in navigation pane

Just go to: C:\Users\Username
On the RHS, right click on the folder->RenameSign out and sign back in to take effect.

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Back in Win 7, "Computer" disappeared from my explorer navigation pane. Did several repair/installs, but all of them failed. Also tried the registry fix described in SevenForums, which also failed.

After upgrading to Windows 8, "Computer" is still missing from the navigation pane. Tried the registry fix described in EightForums (Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer), which failed in several attempts.

I realize a clean install of Win 8 is probably required to fix this, but what I'd really like to know is what has been lost in the system that prevents restoration of "Computer" in the navigation pane.

I'd be grateful for any assistance in this.

Steve

A:Add "Computer" to Win 8 file explorer navigation pane

Is this the upgrade over top of 7? Is this a home network setup with more than one computer? Have all the computers joined the homegroup?

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I hope I'm not duplicating known information here. I've seen adding shortcuts for these folders to Quick Access, but not rooted in the Navigation Pane. Here is what I've got now:



Critical info regarding display in Navigation Pane was found here:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...(v=vs.85).aspx

Critical info regarding the appropriate flags for display in Open/Save dialogs was found here:

http://www.tenforums.com/general-dis...-vanishes.html

These files work on a per-user basis. This avoids having to deal with Ownership/Permissions issues of the CLSIDs under HKLM.

So here are the files:

Links-Add to NavPane-Per User-32-bit.reg
Links-Add to NavPane-Per User-64-bit.reg
Recent Folders-Add to NavPane-Per User-64bit.reg
Recent Folders-Add to NavPane-Per User-32bit.reg

Fist time adding Screenshot & attachments here -- hope I got it right!

Keith

A:Add Recent Folders and/or Links/Favorites to Navigation Pane

Keith, great job and great work!

Thanks so much for making these instant fixes available.
Two clicks and "Recent Folders" was installed in my NavPane in my local language.

This is going to make my life so much easier!
thanks
cimaise

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Please view the article below
Navigation Pane - Simple Folder View - Vista Forums
How to do in Windows 7? no the option in Windows 7, by Registry? how to do, thank you.

A:Show the Navigation Pane Folders Tree Lines in Windows 7?

You don't.

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I am having some problem, i get often when i want to save or open a file my explorer navigation plane does not appear at the window. Usually i scroll themwith button shortcuts.

like this (explorer fine,but for open/save navigation pane vanishes)



i think i screwed something after i customize the windows theme.

A:Explorer Navigation Pane does not appear

Some programs use the new (Vista) dialogs, which have the navigation pane. Some use the old (XP) dialogs, which don't have it. Can you post a screenshot of the problem so we can determine if that's the case?

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frequently my navigation pane at the bottom of my desktop disappears. it usually happens when i leave the laptop running. i can't seem to go to system restore since it only lets me go back to the previous day. this has been going on for over a week and i do not know how to resolve the issue. i have searched the internet to find solutions but have not been able to do so. to resolve the problem i have to bring up the task manger and end explorer. then i have to run explorer again for the navigation bar/pane to appear. anyone know how to resolve this. i am running windows 7 ultimate 32-bit

thank you everyone in advance

A:Desktop navigation pane disappears

Hi vietle, and welcome to Sevenforums.

As in navigation pane, to you mean the taskbar, with all the programs on there?

If you can recreate the problem, please try this tests:

Try pressing the Windows key and tell us if the start menu pops up.

If not, to get the taskbar back, Go to task manager (Ctrl + Shift+ Esc). Go to the 'Applications' tab. Click the 'New task...' button. Type in "explorer.exe" (without the quotes) and press enter. Tell us if the taskbar comes back up.

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I accidently removed Desktop from the top position in the navigation pane and would like to put it back. I would like to place Desktop above Computer and have Desktop open expanded by default.

Thanks

A:Put Desktop Back In Navigation Pane

I can't understand you so.. Can you upload a picture from your problem?
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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...opened through an application such as Chrome or Word. I can use Explorer just fine normally, unless I try to open up a file. Then I get this: http://imgur.com/Eg20N.jpg

Any ideas? Changing the theme doesn't seem to help.

A:Blank navigation pane in Explorer when...

That would seem to be an error in that particular program. Give a reinstall of the program a shot.

~Lordbob

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In Windows Explorer in the Desktop mode, there is a navigation pane on the left hand side. At the top, there is a spot for your favorite folders, so you can navigate directly to them easily. Below that are other sections, like "Homegroup" and "This PC." Whenever you open Windows Explorer, it automatically focuses on This PC in the navigation pane by default. Does anyone know of any way to get it to focus on Favorites by default, rather than This PC, without having to create a shortcut? I'd like it to do that even if I press Windows Key+E

A:Question about the Navigation Pane in Explorer

Easy peasy search. Change the Default File Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 8 First hit. How-to Geek is probably one of the best sites for just about anything.

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On the explorer screen (i.e. 'my computer'), I would like the 'favorites' to be below the 'libraries'. I would like them to switch places like so:

How would I do this?
 

A:Rearrange explorer navigation pane

I think it is a "No can do" as this arrangement is hard coded.
 

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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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Hi!

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
Thanks
Sebbe138

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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We are running terminal servers with roaming profiles. Recently we built a new farm of terminal servers and i had to reset someones profile. When they log back in their favorites (i.e. Desktop, Downloads) are hidden. I can go to show hidden files and unhide them but when they log out and back in they are hidden again.

A:Favorites in Explorer navigation pane

Hello pcowanabbb,

Opening an elevated command prompt in that user account, and running the command below for any affected user folder should restore it's default attributes.

User Folder CommandContacts attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Contacts" /S /DDesktop attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /S /DMy Documents attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Documents" /S /DDownloads attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads" /S /DFavorites attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Favorites" /S /D Links attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Links" /S /DMy Music attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Music" /S /DMy Pictures attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Pictures" /S /DSaved Games attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games" /S /DSearches attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Searches" /S /DMy Videos attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Videos" /S /D

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I did a search, but I must not know the correct terms to use.

When I am using Windows Explorer I want it to STAY STILL!!!! What I am referring to is the Navigatin Pane, when I scroll the pane it has this really obnoxious setting where after about 1 second it snaps back to the position it was.

So I am still reading the folder names or moving my pointer to click on something and SNAP! everything moves.

I know I am dumb but can someone please tell me how to make the navigation pane stay where I just moved it?

A:Explorer Navigation Pane attributes

I think it may have something to do with your mouse setup.
What do you have? Make and model.
Scroll mouse, wireless, laser, ball, blue tooth?
Have you installed any special drivers for your particular model?

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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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The Navigation Pane in explorer is rather cluttered. I want to remove the "Libraries," "Homegroup," and "Network" entries, but I am not sure how. Preferably without registry editing, but its okay if thats what it entails.

A:Editing the Navigation pane in Explorer

What is your reason for wanting them gone? Each has a unique set of uses. The "Libraries" is an excellent tool for viewing and organizing pictures and music files.

Have you attempted to remove them?

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Hello,
I am asking for help regarding the Navigation Pane of the Save as... dialogue window in Windows 7. In the old days there used to be an option to directly access Desktop through this Pane (or whatever it used to be), but not it is missing. Just Harddrive, Network, Libraries and Favourites are visible.

I tried using a tool for altering the Navigation Pane but it would not affect the Save as... window...

Is there any solution for this annoying problem?

Yes I know it is possible to write just Desktop in the Name field to go there but it feels like a really annoying workaround, it should be a better solution.

Thanks in advance!

A:Desktop in Navigation pane (Save as window)

Right click on the Favoriter selection in the Save as pane, and click on Restore Favorite links

A Guy

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I need to create a Desktop folder on my new Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit machine that, at its most simplest, would have just shortcut Icons. No preview pane, no menu bars, and especially, no Navigation pane.

I do know how to show/hide the Navigation pane. It appears that it is not possible to hide the Navigation pane in only one specific folder.

I do not want to change the view of Any Other Folders! I wish, for example, to have the Navigation pane remain visible in other folders.

It appears to me that Windows 7 locks us out of being able to completely customize individual folders.

Am I missing some basic understanding?

Are there third party apps to create a simple desktop folder with ability to select the view (i.e. Large Icons, Details)?

Thanks

A:Create Desktop Folder without Navigation Pane

Hello Win7Newbee, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but it is not possible to do this with just one folder. The pane settings affect all folders in Windows Explorer.

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When I open Windows Explorer, on the left side navigation pane I have:

Favorites

Libraries

Homegroup

Computer

Network
Since I navigate to other drives much more often than I use Libraries, I'd like to put Computer at the top. However attempts to drag & drop to change positions produce no joy.

Is there a way I can remove then restore to change the order? Or maybe edit the Registry to shift the order? To me Homegroup should be way at the bottom and Computer should be at the top.

Anyone know the secret?

A:Explorer Navigation Pane Item Order?

I'm pretty sure, you can't change that order.
You can hide some items though.
The easiest way would be to use 3rd party tool, such as this one: http://www.door2windows.com/windows-7-navigation-pane-customizer-show-hide-rename-items-in-windows-explorer-navigation-pane/

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I've successfully removed the Libraries and Favorites categories from the Windows Explorer navigation pane. Does anybody know if it is possible to remove the User and Network groups as well?

A:Cleaning Up The Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Hello Mulsiphix,

Yes, these tutorials below will show you how to. See the related links in the tutorials as well for other items that you can remove if you would also like to.

Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

User Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

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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,
Shawn

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I'm a 5 day Win 8 new-bee leaning new stuff every day.
The latest thing to have me stumped is the Navigation Pane in explorer.
I don't want them all to look the same. I have folders on my desktop, in which all I want to see is the short cuts to apps. I went into View/Navigation Pane, and deselected Navigation Pane. I got the look I wanted, but it applied to all folders that I opened. Whenever I click on Windows Explorer, the Navigation pane was missing. If I restored it, it again applied to all folders. I am NOT clicking on Apply to All Folders in View/Options. So why can't I get what I want?

A:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane - What am I doing wrong?

Hello Jeff, and welcome to Eight Forums.

In File Explorer (renamed Windows Explorer), the navigation pane turn on or off setting is a universal setting for all folders and libraries windows. It can't be turned on or off for some and not others.

It was this way in Vista and Windows 7 as well.

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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.

Thanks

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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Explorer Navigation Pane hangs from time to time. A restart fixes the problem. I ran scannow and Windows reported "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations." This just developed recently and wondered if it was indicative of a coming meltdown and what other diagnostic tools I can use to look for problems in the OS. I think my details will be published automatically as I'm registered here.

A:Explorer Navigation Pane is Buggy/Hung-up

Hello pxfragonard , have you tried a chk dsk ? Disk Check

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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.

Gary

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Hi,

In the navigation pane on the left, win explorer shows only actual folders, not aliases to folders. How can I make it show an alias as well?

Thanks

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Hi,

My Windows 7 navigation pane view has changed and for some reason the Desktop icon appears at the top of the pane and everything else collapses into it. Libraries, Computer, Home Group and Network all collapse into the Desktop icon in the navigation pane. It didn't used to be like that. In fact originally there was no Desktop icon visible in my navigation pane. Can anyone suggest how to set it back to its' original Windows 7 view?

Thank you.

A:Explorer Navigation Pane default view

Hello Jarnold, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like may have turned on "Show All Folders" for the navigation pane. Turning it off if you do should sort this for you.

Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,

I run Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
In the navigation pane in Windows Explorer, there's a shortcut to the default "Downloads" folder.

I would like to make this all caps, in other words, rename it to "DOWNLOADS".

A simple request, but Windows refuses to do it.
How can I force this change via registry?
Thank you,

Dan

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I want to change the icon order in windows explorer navigation pane. By default you have Library, Homegroup, Computer and Network, in that order (there is also favorites but I removed it and I don't remember now where it is placed exactly).

I want to change the order to: Computer, Library, Homegroup, Network.
The folowing image show it:
(Blue line: move Library down. Red line: place Computer where Library was)

In windows XP there was a program called TweakXP by Microsoft that allowed to do this but I couldn't find one for windows 8.

Is there a way to achieve this?
Thanks.

A:Icon order in windows explorer navigation pane

If you can find Favorites & replace it, you can put shortcuts to what you want in it by dragging & dropping them.(In the order you want them)

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Can you add a button to open and close the Windows Explorer navigation pane in Windows 7?

The toolbar button to toggle the Navigation Pane (and up directory) in Windows XP seems missing in Windows 7. I've been unable to find an option to bring it back nor have I found a plug-in which enables it.

Anyone have a way to let me quickly open and close the Nav Pane?

thanks,
-deac

A:Can you add a button to toggle navigation pane in Windows Explorer?

The only way I know of is to use third party software. Perhaps someone else will come up with a way to do it manually.

You can add a button to toggle the navigation pane on/off using:

WinAero: Explorer Toolbar Editor

(need to have network http.sendRefererHeader enabled for the download to work) - if you've disabled it previously.

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In Vista, the Favorites in the left-hand navigation pane of explorer is a separate menu that always remains at the top left, even when you scroll the other items in the list. In Windows 7 when you scroll through items on the left, the Favorites section scrolls up and out of view. I want my Favorites to be "pinned" or "locked" at the top of the navigation pane as they can be in Vista. Is this possible in Windows 7?

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A:stationary favorites in Explorer navigation pane, like in Vista

I too am really in need of this feature, as it was a one of the features I liked in Vista. Is there any way to enable it in Windows 7? I just started using Windows 7 and this was one of the first feature I missed.

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Is there a way to increase the size of the drive and/or folder icons in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer? It's easy to change the icon size in the folder pane or on the desktop, but these changes don't seem to affect the icons in the navigation pane of Explorer.

I'm running Windows7 x64 Home Premium. I have tried both Windows 7 Basic and Windows Classic themes and neither seems to allow this customization.

A:Change Icon Size - Explorer Navigation Pane?

The system uses the 16 x 16 icons for the Explorer navigation pane.
Changing this is not an option.
Or the answer you wanted.

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My problem is how the left window reacts when I select a folder.

If I have a long list of folders in the left window and I click on the small arrow to the left of a folder, it is supposed to show the list of sub-folders that are in the selected folder.

It does but here is my problem. Lets say the folder that I select is in the middle of the left window. When I click on the small arrow, Windows Explorer shifts the folder list down so that the selected folder is near the bottom of the window. Generally I can only see one of the sub-folders. And then I have to use the slider to move the selected folder up so I can see more than one sub-folder.

I wish it would leave the folder where it was and show as many sub-folders as possible underneath the selected folder. I hope this explanation makes sense.

A:The Navigation Pane on the left side of Windows Explorer

I tried it on my Computer and the on clicking the arrow it moves up as it should instead of going down. Please try out the following steps to correct the problem.

1. Restore the folder to default as follows and check if that helped:

a. Open windows explorer
b. Click on Organize
c. Select folder and search option from the list
d. Select General tab, and select “Restore Default”

2. Run an online scanner to check any malware or virus activity. The link that will help you to run a free scan on the computer is Windows Live OneCare

3. If the above steps do not help then run the SFC (System File Checker) scan on the computer to fix the system file errors on the computer. To run SFC scan, follow the steps below:

a. Click Start ,
b. Click All Programs ,
c. Click Accessories , right-click Command Prompt ,
d. And then click Run as administrator.
e. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow or Continue.
f. At the prompt, type sfc /scannow and hit enter. Once the scan is complete, restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Please tell if this was of any use.

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