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Windows 7: Navigation pane in Windows Explore unstable

20 Jan 2014   #11
jimdx

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Any Resolution? I Get This Too, very annoying.

I hope there is a setting that fixes this. The same thing happens to me at home. Drives me nuts. AND, we're getting Windows 7 installed at work now, and NO additional software can be installed there (completely locked down with no admin rights). So, I hope there's a setting, or MS has fixed it.


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20 Jan 2014   #12
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimdx View Post
I hope there is a setting that fixes this. The same thing happens to me at home. Drives me nuts. AND, we're getting Windows 7 installed at work now, and NO additional software can be installed there (completely locked down with no admin rights). So, I hope there's a setting, or MS has fixed it.
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

I was just thinking about this issue again the other day, because it caused me to click on the wrong thing in the left pane. I've still not found a solution. I can make it all go away, but doing that breaks other things.

MS will not be fixing this "feature". It appears that they want us to slow down and let the network items finish being listed before we attempt to do any real work :-(

I wish you (and your company) luck. It is hard to run a company where the users have no admin rights. The IT help desk phones will stay very busy.
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20 Jan 2014   #13
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Suggestion

I don't actually know if this will work, just that I don't see the same problem on my machine. In any case it's easy to undo the changes!

Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings

For each connection shown try the following settings.

Navigation pane in Windows Explore unstable-local-area-connection-properties.jpg

Navigation pane in Windows Explore unstable-wireless-network-connection-properties.jpg

Then reboot or log off/on.

On my machine in an Explorer Window the only item listed under Network is my router.

Also try Organize > Folder options:

Navigation pane in Windows Explore unstable-folder-options.jpg


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21 Jan 2014   #14
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Callender,
Thank - but that had no impact.

I can shutdown a few services and make the list go away... :-)
...but then I can't connect to other computers :-(
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21 Jan 2014   #15
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
File Sharing

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Callender,
Thank - but that had no impact.

I can shutdown a few services and make the list go away... :-)
...but then I can't connect to other computers :-(

I see that on my machine all file sharing options are turned off and I'm guessing that's why I don't see the "jumping" behavior and that seems to be confirmed by the comment on page 44 of the extensive thread on the subject here:

Windows Explorer expands folders inappropriately, jumping the folder you expand to the bottom of the navigation pane

There doesn't seem to be a decent solution other than installing Classic Shell.

The strange thing is that I don't see the problem on Windows 7 machines in my workplace but the only admins are IT department and they are miles away and probably wouldn't want to explain whatever workaround they've put in place!
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21 Jan 2014   #16
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Something to try

Perhaps try expanding (C:) then scroll manually down the folder list by:

1). Press the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to the folder name that you wish to navigate to. Example "P" for Program Files.

2). The navigation pane should jump to the first folder name beginning with "P"

3). Instead of using the mouse - use the UP/ DOWN Arrows to get to the folder you need.

4). When the folder is highlighted - press ENTER.

Or alternatively just scroll down through all the folders on your drive using the arrow keys and press ENTER when required.

Same goes for the right hand pane.

I suppose that it's just a question of breaking old habits!

Hopefully this helps some users.
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22 Jan 2014   #17
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Funny that you should mention navigating via the keyboard. I was quite good at that within XP. I could pause just long enough on a folder in the left pane to let the OS know that I wanted to see the contents in the right pane. When I moved to W7, that pause became useless. I had to move off of the arrow keys and hit enter. I'm still not thrilled about that.

Make a folder on your desktop - then double click on it.
Does it appear below your Network listings in Explorer's left pane?

The Network listing expands by default... and it does so in bunches. At first, I see no computers, then in a second or so, I see 5 or 6 computers, then a few seconds later, more computers. This continues until the left pane is completely filled with computers. Then I can scroll up or down to get to my work.

Imagine attempting to drag a file to a folder that is a moving target:
Navigation pane in Windows Explore unstable-drag.png


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22 Jan 2014   #18
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote:
Make a folder on your desktop - then double click on it.
Does it appear below your Network listings in Explorer's left pane?

The Network listing expands by default... and it does so in bunches. At first, I see no computers, then in a second or so, I see 5 or 6 computers, then a few seconds later, more computers. This continues until the left pane is completely filled with computers. Then I can scroll up or down to get to my work.
Hi,

Indeed a new folder created on my desktop does appear below Network listings in the left pane but Network does not expand. I checked Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings and I see that Network Discovery is switched off so perhaps that explains it. I'll be heading off to work soon so I will check to see if these settings are the same on the computers in the office.


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22 Jan 2014   #19
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

That setting will turn off the list all together (not just collapse it by default as XP does). I'll need to check with IT to see if they care if I change that setting. I'm not sure what impact the setting has on discovering network printers. My guess is, printers will not be discoverable... but that should only matter when setting up a new printer.

Thanks for your time on this.
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22 Jan 2014   #20
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Network Discovery

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
That setting will turn off the list all together (not just collapse it by default as XP does). I'll need to check with IT to see if they care if I change that setting. I'm not sure what impact the setting has on discovering network printers. My guess is, printers will not be discoverable... but that should only matter when setting up a new printer.

Thanks for your time on this.
Hi.

Well I checked how the machines at work are set up and on all machines Network Discovery is set to off.

File and Printer Sharing is on.

Each user's desktop is hosted on a remote server so when a new folder is created on the desktop it doesn't appear below "Network" in the left pane of an Explorer window and the desktop is not located at C:\Users\Username\Desktop.

I can still browse to and connect to printers. Like you say - you'd need to check with IT.
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