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Windows 7: Can you have libraries be default closed?


26 Aug 2010   #1

Windows
 
 
Can you have libraries be default closed?

(New to Windows 7 btw

You can make Libraries, and then put folders into it.

My question is: When I click on the library in the left pane in explorer, it lists all the contents in the right pane but they are all open, is there a way to have it default to closed sub folders?

Not sure I explained that well, so I'll try to illustrate it.

I make a library called MASTERLIBRARY, and it contains the folders SUBFOLDER1, SUBFOLDER2, SUBFOLDER3

Normally when I click on MASTERLIBRARY it looks like this:

SUBFOLDER1
File1
File2
File3
SUBFOLDER2
File1
File2
File3
SUBFOLDER3
File1
File2
File3


But I would like it to just display:
SUBFOLDER1
SUBFOLDER2
SUBFOLDER3


(In the right explorer pane, not the left)


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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26 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello EpiCenter,

By default all included folders in a library will be displayed like your top example. This cannot be changed.

One way to workaround this is to right click in each SUBFOLDER (included folder) and click on New and Folder. Next, move all the files and folders in this new folder so that it will look like this instead below.




SUBFOLDER1 (included folder)
  • NEW FOLDER
    • File1
    • File2
    • File3
SUBFOLDER2 (included folder)
  • NEW FOLDER
    • File1
    • File2
    • File3
SUBFOLDER3 (included folder)
  • NEW FOLDER
    • File1
    • File2
    • File3
OR



SUBFOLDER1 (included folder)
  • NEW FOLDER
SUBFOLDER2 (included folder)
  • NEW FOLDER
SUBFOLDER3 (included folder)
  • NEW FOLDER
Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Aug 2010   #3

Windows
 
 

Naa, that is too much bother - I'm not going to do workarounds, guess I'll just not use libraries.
Thanks for your reply.
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26 Aug 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Sorry.

I suppose that you could just use your user folders. This will show you how to have the ones that open from the Start Menu open to the actual user folder instead of libraries if it may help.

Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries
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27 Aug 2010   #5

Windows
 
 

I don't think I'm going to use those pre configured folders, for one thing they seem to be shared by everybody (never understood why microsoft does this) and they are full of werid stuff (folders and shortcuts to things i don't use etc etc)
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