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Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

How to Show or Not "Show All Folders" in the Windows 7 Navigation Pane
Published by Brink
09 Dec 2008
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How to Show or Not "Show All Folders" in the Windows 7 Navigation Pane

information   Information
This will show you how to set the Windows 7 Navigation pane to Show or Not Show all folders in the Folder Tree automatically. You can still manually expand the folders not shown to see them though.

Tip   Tip
If you check the Show All Folders option, it will also add your user profile folder, Control Panel, and Recycle Bin in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane.

warning   Warning
If you have "Show all folders" checked, then the Show in Navigation Pane option for libraries will be grayed out.

EXAMPLE: Not Show All Folders in the Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 7.
Navigation Pane - Show All Folders-t_show_all_folders.jpg
EXAMPLE: Show All Folders in the Navigation Pane
Navigation Pane - Show All Folders-example_show_all_folders.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Turn "Show all folders" On or Off from Navigation Pane
1. Right click on a empty space in the Navigation Pane.

2. To Not Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Click on Show all folders to uncheck it. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.

Navigation Pane - Show All Folders-show_all_folders.jpg
3. To Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Click on Show all folders to check it. (See screenshot above)



OPTION TWO
To Turn "Show all folders" On or Off from Folder Options
1. Open Folder Options, and click on the General tab. (See screenshot below)
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2. To Not Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Uncheck the Show all folders box. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: This is the default setting.

B) Go to step 4.
3. To Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Check the Show all folders box. (See screenshot below step 1)
4. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 1)



OPTION THREE
To Turn "Show all folders" On or Off using a REG File Download
1. To Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Show_All_Folders_Navigation_Pane.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Not Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
NOTE: This is the default setting.
Not_Show_All_Folders_Navigation_Pane.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. If open, close and reopen Windows Explorer to see the changes.
NOTE: If you do not see a change, then log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION FOUR
To Turn "Show all folders" On or Off Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Navigation Pane - Show All Folders-reg-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of Advanced, right click on NavPaneShowAllFolders and click on Modify. (see screenshot above)

5. To Not Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Type 0 (number zero), and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is the default setting.
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B) Go to step 7.
6. To Show All Folders in Navigation Pane
A) Type 1, and click on OK. (see screenshot above)
7. Close regedit.

8. If open, close and reopen Windows Explorer to see the changes.
NOTE: If you do not see a change, then log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn






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09 Dec 2008   #1
QuocHungVNUIT

Windows 7
 
 

So, if you uncheck in Show all folders box, you can click on arrow, and all folder will appear, see screenshot below:






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09 Dec 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Quốc Hùng UIT-VN,

Yes, you can still open and expand the folders. This tutorial just shows you how to just have them show or not show automatically.
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09 Dec 2008   #3
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn, that's how I like it!
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09 Dec 2008   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mr. GRiM.

Glad MS added this option.

Shawn
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09 Dec 2008   #5
QuocHungVNUIT

Windows 7
 
 

Hello Brink, I know your tutorial just show everybody how to just have them show or not show automatically. so I just add a secondary way
Thanks for good tutorial. You are professional computer specialist.
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09 Dec 2008   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you for your contribution. They are always welcome here.
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09 Dec 2009   #7
wwsmile

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 

Shawn


Outstanding. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about customizing the start menu. I had many of these tweaks set up in XP. I just got a new laptop with Win 7 and I could not customize as in XP until I discovered this forum. I have registered with this forum and I intend to visit often. This forum allows those of us who wish to dig a little deeper into the operating system a good resource. I am currently having difficulty getting my XP and Win 7 seven computers to see each other on a wireless network. They can both use the network to access the net but cannot access each other. The XP box sees the Win 7 but cannot access files because of a permissions issue. The Win 7 box only sees the wireless router connected to the XP box but not the files on the XP box or the printer. I have explored the networking section of this forum and have tried some of the suggested solutions but to no avail. I will continue with my Win 7 education and hopefully my networking issues will be resolve. You efforts have already significantly improved my Win 7 experience.


Thanks again.
Wade Williams
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09 Dec 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Wade, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might post your wireless network issue in the Network & Sharing forum to see if someone may be able to help you out with that though.
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