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Windows 7: Windows explorer changing/taking focus +more

04 Feb 2010   #1

winxp pro, Vista home pro x64, win7 pro x86 & x64
Windows explorer changing/taking focus +more

Hello everybody!

I have several issues and annoyances with Windows Explorer. It keeps taking focus switching windows from time to time: let's say I have opened WE and then open another window like after double-clicking on an archive file. After a moment Explorer takes over and gets in front of the other window. Very annoying.

Another issue is when I'm browsing in WE and I have the folder list with the current folder topmost in the left pane and showing all sub-folders, suddenly it drops down and only the 2-3 sub-folders

Also I would want to have the old XP behavior back, that it instantly shows the sub-folders when the focus is on the parent folder.

Is there a way to get rid of these annoyances?


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04 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello DM,

Do you use a touchpad? If so, then it may be the sensitivity ot tapping settings that may need adjusting for in the Mouse section in the Control Panel for the touchpad driver settings. It may be to sensitive and allow a click on something to lose focus on what you were working on.

In the navigation pane, you might see if this may be what you are wanting.

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder


Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

Hope this helps,
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05 Feb 2010   #3

winxp pro, Vista home pro x64, win7 pro x86 & x64

Hi Shawn

I do use a TP but this happens even when I'm on external mouse and no touching of the pad.

I'll check the links and return with an update regarding them.

EDIT: It solved the third issue partially. In XP when you move throug the folders on the left pane with the keyboard, the right pane followed and you could see the folder's content. This is the behavior I'm after.

Thanks so far.
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05 Feb 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

I'm not sure what else may help with the focus issue, but you can turn on the Preview Pane for this instead in Windows 7. However, it is turned on or off in all Windows Explorer windows and not just certain ones.
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08 Feb 2010   #5

winxp pro, Vista home pro x64, win7 pro x86 & x64

Ok Shawn.

Seems that the issue discussed is a "feature" of the new windows environment.

The other problems taking over focus from other windows and the others would be nice to get rid of, It's quite annoying when you're eg writing a letter it suddenly jumps to WE and your typing makes things happen in the file structure...
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