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Windows 7: Windows Explorer help needed

20 Oct 2011   #1
cr2

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows Explorer help needed

In win xp clicking on a folder on the left side opened its sub folders on the left and right. Is there a way to make windows explorer work like this in win 7? As it is set up now, I either have to hunt and click the little arrow next to the folder on the left, or double click the folder on the right to open its sub folders.


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20 Oct 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello cr2, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may be able to help with that.

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Oct 2011   #3
cr2

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Thanks for the welcome and information. Unfortunately, I have tried all 4 options and restarted the pc twice, and the folders on the left still do not expand with one click. Are there any settings anywhere else that might prevent this from working?

Thanks,
Charlie
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20 Oct 2011   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You'll need to either click on the arrow to the left of the folder or double click on the folder to expand the folder in the navigation pane.
white outlined arrow = unexpanded
black arrow = expanded
The automatic expand option is only for when you open the folders from within the main window to have it also expand to that folder in the navigation pane automatically.
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21 Oct 2011   #5
cr2

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

So the short answer to my initial question was/is 'no.' I consider this much less convenient that the way it worked in XP. Thanks anyway for trying to help.
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21 Oct 2011   #6
ddix1026

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

if you double click the folder on the left, it will expand the sub-folders underneath on the left and also show the sub-folders on the right... its not a single click but is a double click really that much less convenient?

otherwise, yes, they removed that feature starting with Vista I believe
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21 Oct 2011   #7
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ddix1026 View Post
if you double click the folder on the left, it will expand the sub-folders underneath on the left and also show the sub-folders on the right... its not a single click but is a double click really that much less convenient?

otherwise, yes, they removed that feature starting with Vista I believe
Thanks, didn't know that - I really think I should explore W7 a bit more.
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21 Oct 2011   #8
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

You can set W7 to open with a single click for everything including executables.

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Except apparently the right pane of explorer


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