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Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off

How to Turn the Navigation Pane On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
06 Feb 2010
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How to Turn the Navigation Pane On or Off in Windows 7


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You can use the navigation pane (the left pane) to find files and folders. It displays favorites, libraries, and an expandable list of drives and folders. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane.

This will show you how to turn the navigation pane on or off in all Windows Explorer windows in Windows 7.
Tip   Tip
When the Navigation pane is turned on, you can drag it's right border line left and right to increase or decrease the size of the Navigation pane.

EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Layout
NOTE: The navigation pane is the far left pane in Windows Explorer.
Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off-layout1.jpg

Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off-layout2.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Turn Navigation Pane On or Off in Windows Explorer
1. Open Windows Explorer (explorer.exe).

2. On the toolbar, click on Organize and Layout. (see screenshots below)
Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off-np_on.jpg

Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off-np_off.jpg
3. To Turn On the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Select (click) Navigation pane to have it checked. (see screenshots above)
4. To Turn Off the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Select (click) Navigation pane to have it unchecked with the icon now showing. (see screenshots above)
5. All Windows Explorer windows will now open as you set this.



OPTION TWO
To Turn Navigation Pane On or Off using a REG File Download
1. To Turn On the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Navigation_Pane_On.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn Off the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Navigation_Pane_Off.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Close and reopen any open Windows Explorer window to apply.
NOTE: Sometimes you may need to log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply instead.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn






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06 Feb 2010   #1
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Thanks For the Tutorial Shawn ..

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06 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Shyam.
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04 Mar 2010   #3
curtj

 
 

Thanks for this.

Sometimes I just need to remove it temporarily from one window (if I'm short of screen space) while I work with files, esp if I'm using extra-large icons for example, then have it back.

I know I can use the border-slider, or the menu, but is there an icon or shortcut key for this, or a way to create an icon or shortcut key to do this?

As a second prize, would there be if there is a way to set the navigation pane to be hidden in just one window until I close it?
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04 Mar 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Curtj,

Unfortunately, the navigation pane is universally on or off in all windows. It cannot be on in some and off in others.

I suppose that you could place the REG downloads above in a folder and pin the folder to the taskbar, or placing the REG files in Quick Launch on the taskbar to make using them easier to turn the navigation pane on or off at will.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Mar 2010   #5
curtj

 
 

Thanks for your reply.

I could make a shortcut to the REG files and assign a shortcut key, but I'll probably just get used to doing it via the menu.

It's just a pity that there's an icon for the preview pane, but not the nav.

Ah well - I'll live.
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04 Mar 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, I"m surprised that they didn't include one for each on the toolbar either.
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06 Apr 2010   #7
nonpasaran

vista
 
 

hi shawn
is there any way move navigation pane to the right side?
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06 Apr 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nonpasaran,

Sorry, but not unless you had some 3rd party skinning program like WindowsBlind that has that option to do so.
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06 Apr 2010   #9
nonpasaran

vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Nonpasaran,

Sorry, but not unless you had some 3rd party skinning program like WindowsBlind that has that option to do so.
Thanks shawn
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