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Windows 7: How to make W7's "Windows Explorer" more like WinXP ?

18 Jan 2010   #1
shiphen

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 
How to make W7's "Windows Explorer" more like WinXP ?

Hi

Sorry, but I do *hate* the Windows7 "Windows Explorer".

How can I get it to look more like it did in WindowsXP?

e.g. When I am showing any given folder in the right hand column, I want it to show me where a I *VISUALLY* in the left hand column.
i.e. I what to see the full folder structrure in the left hand column !

Also I want the "vertical lines" back in the left hand column that you used to get in WindowsXP when you UN-ticked "Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list". Is there an equivalent option in Windows7?

Also when I use keystrokes (e.g. Up; Down; Left; Right cursor control keys) to navigate Windows Explorer in Windows7 the bl**dy thing jumps around in unexpected ways & it's hard to see what's going on.

How can I make it all more like WinXP? (!)

With thanks


Ship


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18 Jan 2010   #2
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

1. Open any folder
2. Click Organize (at the top keft)
3. Click Folder and Search Options
4. And try those 2 options:
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5. Close all folders
6. Open My computer and try to navigate


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18 Jan 2010   #3
AvatarOfTheShip

Windows 7 Ult x64
 
 

Now that is strange - I hatedIB the old explorer and really like this new one. I do miss the Alt-ArrowUp shortcut though. I don't think there's any way of doing what you want without using a third-party explorer replacement. These definitely exist, and a search should turn up plenty (whether all of them will work with W7 is another question, but you should be lucky; try Windows Explorer Replacement – Free Commander)
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18 Jan 2010   #4
shiphen

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jav View Post
1. Open any folder
2. Click Organize (at the top keft)
3. Click Folder and Search Options
4. And try those 2 options:
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5. Close all folders
6. Open My computer and try to navigate
Ah - thanks Jav - that's certainly a good start.

Mind you although slightly better than before, using cursor arrows to navigate the highlighted (i.e. current) folder does still leap around up and down the screen somewhat.

Also How can I get the vertical lines back though in the Folders window?
(i.e. a non- "simple view") :/

Ship
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18 Jan 2010   #5
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shiphen View Post

Ah - thanks Jav - that's certainly a good start.

Mind you although slightly better than before, using cursor arrows to navigate the highlighted (i.e. current) folder does still leap around up and down the screen somewhat.

Also How can I get the vertical lines back though in the Folders window?
(i.e. a non- "simple view") :/

Ship
What do you mean by vertical lines?

(sorry, forgot XP a bit )
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18 Jan 2010   #6
shiphen

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AvatarOfTheShip View Post
Thanks - but only if I really have to!
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18 Jan 2010   #7
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shiphen View Post
Also I want the "vertical lines" back in the left hand column that you used to get in WindowsXP when you UN-ticked "Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list". Is there an equivalent option in Windows7?
The latest version of Classic Shell can do that: ANN: Classic Shell 0.9.8 -now with skinnable start menu

Check out the screenshots here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/
The last screenshot shows the different ways the navigation pane can look.
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18 Jan 2010   #8
surfasb

Windows 7
 
 

I'm curious what these vertical lines are myself..

Is it a grid or something?
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18 Jan 2010   #9
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 
Vertical lines

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by surfasb View Post
I'm curious what these vertical lines are myself..

Is it a grid or something?
Look at the first screenshot in the attached image.


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19 Jan 2010   #10
shiphen

Windows7 Pro x64
 
 

Okay I have installed Classic Shell... and yes I have (eventually) managed to get the vertical lines back into the Folders View. However I do find it disappointing that there isn't such functionality built into Win7 itself. Afterall I dont want to have to reverse build the whole of Win7 bit by bit!
Worse, I am clearly losing a lot of other new Win7 functionality by installing Class Shell at the same time... To be fair, half the point of my getting Win7 is to become familiar with the new interface that everyone else will be using (eventually).

Anyhow thanks
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