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Windows 7: Can you add a button to toggle navigation pane in Windows Explorer?

01 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Can you add a button to toggle navigation pane in Windows Explorer?

Can you add a button to open and close the Windows Explorer navigation pane in Windows 7?

The toolbar button to toggle the Navigation Pane (and up directory) in Windows XP seems missing in Windows 7. I've been unable to find an option to bring it back nor have I found a plug-in which enables it.

Anyone have a way to let me quickly open and close the Nav Pane?


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01 Apr 2014   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
You need third party software

The only way I know of is to use third party software. Perhaps someone else will come up with a way to do it manually.

You can add a button to toggle the navigation pane on/off using:

WinAero: Explorer Toolbar Editor

(need to have network http.sendRefererHeader enabled for the download to work) - if you've disabled it previously.

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01 Apr 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 10586

Hello Deac, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, the tutorial below can help show you how to turn on/off the navigation pane natively in Windows 7.

Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off
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27 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

The latest Classic Shell has buttons to toggle navigation pane, details pane and preview pane.
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 Can you add a button to toggle navigation pane in Windows Explorer?

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