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Windows 7: Can we stop Explorer from jumping when expanding a directory?

05 May 2012   #1
Djard

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 
Can we stop Explorer from jumping when expanding a directory?

Whe I expand a directory in Explorer the window automatically jumps, so that the directory I expanded appears at the bottom of the screen and all its subfolders are then out of view. Is there a way to stop this annoying behavior in Win 7 and have the directory stay fixed when expanded, like it did in Win XP?


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06 May 2012   #2
Trucidation

 

I'm not sure if you can do that in vanilla Win7, but there are options to modify various Explorer behaviour in the Classic Shell free software:

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07 May 2012   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I'm not quite sure what you mean but see if Folder Options > General tab > Navigation shows what you want. Un-check both boxes.


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13 May 2012   #4
Djard

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

That seems to have done the trick. Thanks.
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13 May 2012   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You're welcome. And thank you for reporting back.
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23 May 2012   #6
Djard

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 
File expansion annoyance in Win Explorer

I don't know if installation of the last (seemingly endless) Windows' updates causes the problem, but it's back. The steps I used before that seeemed to remedy the problem now fail. I see on the Internet that other folks are experiencing the same problem. I just wonder what the engineers at Microsoft find so desirable about having a directory jump out of sight when it is expanded. Maybe they just want to annoy us with sadistic behavior.
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23 May 2012   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Do you sign-on with the same user name? Did you delete any *.INI files? Install new software?

I've had mine set as above since installing W7 on this machine over a year ago. Never a problem and I stay up-to-date so it's not the updates doing it.
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23 May 2012   #8
Djard

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, you are correct. Not all PCs manifest this problem. I have five computers in my office and three at home. No question that Windows updates can destabilize a PC as all the advanced users in the circles in which I travel will attest (some programmers and website developers); besides, Microsoft has in the past released patches to fix updates.

No unstable people in my environment, so I don't have to login with a username and password. And I have not deleted or edited any ini files. Installing an app should not affect my file manager. Proof of the latter is evidenced by the fact that FreeCommander, a third party file manager, has remained free from the problem I describe. If someone developed a file manager with the ability to view a folder's contents in a separate pane, like Win Explorer does, I would not use Win Explorer at all. It looks like I will need to live with the problem and hope the engineering design in the next version of Windows will be more logical.
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23 May 2012   #9
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Make sure you are reproducing the problem correctly.
1) Open a new Explorer window
2) Expand a few folders with the mouse until the scrollbar appears
3) Scroll down a bit (to allow the bug to manifest)
4) Select a folder without expanding it
5) Expand it

You will see that the tree will scroll up. Basically the bug shows up when you expand a folder for the first time and the folder is already selected.

I know of two solutions to the problem. a) Classic Shell, b) upgrade to Win8 (the bug is fixed there)
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01 Jun 2012   #10
Djard

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks. I'll wait for Win 8 to be released.
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