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Windows 7: Switch explorer navigation pane back to left side


23 Dec 2011   #1

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Switch explorer navigation pane back to left side

Hello,

After much googling, I turn back to this forum in search of an answer to my question - is there a way to switch my explorer navigation pane back to the original/left side? I recently changed my theme to a 3rd party one (Browsing deviantART) and love it.. except that the navigation pane is on the right side now.

I'm sure I could get used to it, but my pseudo-OCD nature in me needs it back to how it was for some reason; any help would be appreciated. I obviously followed a how-to in order to set it up and everything is working fine, but I was just wondering if there was a quick fix in order to maintain the style but have the pane switch locations.

I normally search here for answers, then head over to Goggle but have come up short, hence my post.

Thanks


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26 Dec 2011   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Switch to the different theme logoff/logon then
Go to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero get a copy of the Shell folder
Switch explorer navigation pane back to left side-aero.png

Then go to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Chill and rename the Shell to Shell.bak and paste the Shell folder from aero in there
Switch explorer navigation pane back to left side-chill.png

this will put it back but it will put the Details pane back to the bottom.

Jerry


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31 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hey Jerry,

Thanks for the excellent step by step tutorial on how to fix my problem. I followed your directions to the letter yet I still have the pane on the right side. I also tried restarting my computer in addition to just logging off/on, to no avail. Are there any other suggestions you might have for me?

I can live with the pane on the right but, as stated before, I would rather it be back on the left. If I was more familiar with how the .dll files affect the explorer window, I might have a better sense of how to modify it.

Thanks again Jerry!
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31 Dec 2011   #4

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Try it again I did it and it was back to normal.
Jerry
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18 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Jerry,

I'm sorry for the late reply but wanted to thank you for your responses. I did what you said a second time and still no luck at first - a little while later, the navigation pane was back on the left side. To be honest, it was probably back to where I wanted it for a while but it only jumped out at me today, hence my late reply.

Thanks again,

Marty
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18 Feb 2012   #6

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You're Welcome, and Thank you for letting us know it worked.
Jerry
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