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Windows 7: What happened to Ctrl|Click in Win7?


01 Jan 2011   #1

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
What happened to Ctrl|Click in Win7?

In previous versions (at least up to XP) if I was in an explorer window, if I held the Ctrl key down while clicking on a folder, file, up or back arrow, etc. a new window would open, displaying whatever I clicked on. This made it very easy to show two windows of the same folder, or a folder and it's parent to move files around. This does not work in Win 7. Is there some secret key combination to do this in Win 7 or do I simply have to open two instances of the same folder?
Thanx,
Mike


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02 Jan 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums MikeyChris. You know, I see all the time that it should still work in Windows 7, but it has never worked for me no matter what folder options I choose. I don't use it very often, so it's just an annoyance for me. You can press Ctrl + n to open a new explorer window, but that's about as close as I've come. maybe someone else will have a different experience, or answer. A Guy
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02 Jan 2011   #3

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi MikeyChris,

Have you tried Ctrl+Right-Click and then choosing the Open in new window option?

Regards,
Golden
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02 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Have you tried Ctrl+Right-Click and then choosing the Open in new window option?
Or, just do a simple select (left-click, no need to also hold CTRL) on the folder, then right-click on the now selected item to get the popup menu, and select "open in new window" to produce the desired result.
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02 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MikeyChris View Post
In previous versions (at least up to XP) if I was in an explorer window, if I held the Ctrl key down while clicking on a folder, file, up or back arrow, etc. a new window would open, displaying whatever I clicked on. This made it very easy to show two windows of the same folder, or a folder and it's parent to move files around. This does not work in Win 7. Is there some secret key combination to do this in Win 7 or do I simply have to open two instances of the same folder?
For a far superior and convenient Explorer-like but single-pane or multi-pane file manager experience, you might look into Free Commander. It's wonderful for copying/moving files around from folder to folder, etc. Very customizable tool/button bar and presentation. You'll rarely use true Explorer again. (actually, you can have up to four panes open, but I just use two, split vertically... i.e. top and bottom panes, though you can set it up for left/right if you prefer)

Also, you might investigate Beyond Compare. This program isn't free, but it's fantastic... and also multi-pane (left and right) which makes for a very intuitive A-to-B compare interface. Folder compares, file compares (at the line, text, binary, etc. level) so that you can keep folders and files in sync, indentify differences, synchronize folders and files (to left side or to right side or sophisticated criteria, etc.). You can also use this as another Explorer substitute when moving/copying things between folders.

Multi-pane presentation in a single window. Tha
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02 Jan 2011   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi MikeyChris,

Have you tried Ctrl+Right-Click and then choosing the Open in new window option?

Regards,
Golden
Golden, just right clicking will give that option as well

A Guy
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02 Jan 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi MikeyChris,

Have you tried Ctrl+Right-Click and then choosing the Open in new window option?

Regards,
Golden
Golden, just right clicking will give that option as well

A Guy

Bah....and there I was feeling clever. Thanks.
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02 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MikeyChris View Post
In previous versions (at least up to XP) if I was in an explorer window, if I held the Ctrl key down while clicking on a folder, file, up or back arrow, etc. a new window would open, displaying whatever I clicked on. This made it very easy to show two windows of the same folder, or a folder and it's parent to move files around. This does not work in Win 7. Is there some secret key combination to do this in Win 7 or do I simply have to open two instances of the same folder?
For a far superior and convenient Explorer-like but single-pane or multi-pane file manager experience, you might look into Free Commander. It's wonderful for copying/moving files around from folder to folder, etc. Very customizable tool/button bar and presentation. You'll rarely use true Explorer again. (actually, you can have up to four panes open, but I just use two, split vertically... i.e. top and bottom panes, though you can set it up for left/right if you prefer)

Also, you might investigate Beyond Compare. This program isn't free, but it's fantastic... and also multi-pane (left and right) which makes for a very intuitive A-to-B compare interface. Folder compares, file compares (at the line, text, binary, etc. level) so that you can keep folders and files in sync, indentify differences, synchronize folders and files (to left side or to right side or sophisticated criteria, etc.). You can also use this as another Explorer substitute when moving/copying things between folders.

Multi-pane presentation in a single window. Tha
Why are these "superior"?
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03 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Why are these "superior"?
I consider any multi-pane presentation (either left/right or over/under, but within a single window) to be superior for me to the alternative, which is to either (a) drag/drop from one window to a second window, both of which must be open and visible to some degree on possibly very limited screen real estate if only a single monitor is in use, or (b) navigate the source on the right side Explorer pane and then scroll the left side Explorer tree view to bring the target destination for the drag/drop into view, in order to facilitate a drag/drop action, while simultaneously avoiding clicking on the left side which would lose the currently selected pointer on the right (source) side... something that may be unavaoidable.

Obviously have a totally independent source and target pane visible at one time, with navigation in either completely unaffected by navigation in the other, is far more convenient.

Furthermore, instead of really just having two panes (source and target, or just two independent views of two unrelated things at the same time onscreen), it's really FOUR panes... Explorer tree on the left and contents on the right, in two separate sub-panes within each of the major split-screen two halves (which can be left/right or top/bottom, whichever you prefer).

Also, these products are really sophisticated file managers, with extensive icon/button functions that can be customized on a toolbar, features and capabilities that go beyond those of Explorer, and one-click (or keyboard equivalent) actions that are not necessarily tied to the mouse and RMB popup context functions.

Also, their presentations are concise and intuitive and very user-friendly (after many years of user-requested evolution and refinement), and navigation is much easier and more direct than with Explorer and its scrolling... not to mention Windows 7's annoying unwanted folder opening when you scroll, or not not opening if you've turned that off when you really did want it to open.

Look, I'm not trying to say Explorer isn't useful or doesn't work, or that I can't do something that I want to. I'm simply saying that these 3rd-party file manager products are worlds better than Windows Explorer, for file management functions... and that's why I've been using them since Win 3.1.

And in particular, Free Commander is my now current product of choice under WinXP and Windows 7, after having used Canyon Software's very similar Power File Gold for the past 12 years under Win98 and WinXP. It was abandoned by its author many years ago (and consequently isn't very compatible with Windows 7, and also had some unfixed bugs with WinXP) but I loved it and lived with it since I was used to it. But Free Commander is plain and simple a much better product, doing everything PFGold could do plus more... and more reliably, and under Windows 7.

Plus, personally I couldn't live without Beyond Compare. Just as I couldn't run my personal finances any longer without Quicken (which I've been using for about 17 years now), I can't see life without it. Impossible. Even though all banks provide "online banking and bill paying", and brokerages provide online trading and reporting services, and credit card banks offer online account management, they just aren't the same as Quicken... which can DO IT ALL, IN ONE PLACE, WITH ONE SINGLE COMMON INTERFACE. Well, Beyond Compare does that same thing for me on the PC... I use it for countless tasks, that no other product can do as well or as easily or as intuitively or as powerfully. For example, Beyond Compare is the tool I use to keep my MP3 portable music player's storage loaded and current, based on my PC's music and album art collection.

That's just my opinion, of course.
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04 Jan 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I don't use Windows explorer so extensively as, I can see, other users in this thread. Gor me, if I (rarely)want a double pane, selecting another Win explorer with the middle mouse key and aligning side by side does it.
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