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Windows 7: [WIP] FullRowSelect disable - testing

09 Dec 2012   #1

[WIP] FullRowSelect disable - testing


There are many methods found for disabling FullRowSelect in the explorer. They have serious drawbacks. I decided to investigate an with trial and error try to find a method that works.

This will apply only to normal folder types that are in Detail view. (not libraries, control panel, desktop etc)

This is what I have so far. I tested it on new user profiles. I ask you to test it too.


1) first run this script (affects only the user part of the registry)

2) press CTRT+SHIFT+ESC: kill all explorer processes

3) Still in TaskMgr in the menu File > Run > Explorer

4) Open a Explorer and goto C:\WINDOWS (not My Computer or C:\) and in the menu (use ALT)
Tools > Folder Options > View > Click "Reset Folders" and "Apply to Folders"

Info FOLDERFLAGS enumeration: FOLDERFLAGS enumeration (Windows)

You can use this reg file to get it working, together with the above instructions.
Save content between the lines below to a text file an call it NoFullRowSelect.reg

-------------- DONT COPY THIS LINE -----------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Tell explorer that we don't want fullrow select (dunno if you need this per se)

;Remove old folder view settings
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]

;Tell explorer that every folder is Generic by default, you can change foldertype later per folder
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]

;Docs about this are hard to find. FFlags are folder flags. We have excluded fullrow select anyway I guess
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7}]

-------------- DONT COPY THIS LINE -----------------

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09 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

I've never understood why you would want to disable full row select. Can you explain?

I always use Details View so perhaps that has something to do with it?

Just curious.
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09 Dec 2012   #3


Sure. Good question.

When the FullRow is used for selecting files it leaves less space for (right) clicking in the explorer window.
E.g. if you want a DOS box you SHIFT+Right Click in a white area. With FullRowSelect disabled you can do it even on the other colums.

That is only one example. Also Drag and drop is easier. Simply put, you have more space available in a explorer window to click without selecting the files.

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