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Windows 7: Stop explorer focusing on selected file/folder

06 Jul 2011   #1
BOYD1981

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Stop explorer focusing on selected file/folder

I really don't know how to better describe this particular problem in the title so I'll use this space to describe in more detail this annoyance.

I would like to prevent Explorer from scrolling a folder's contents to focus on a selected file or folder. Like, if I have a folder open with quite a few files in it and the file I want to double click to open is on the third row I'll go to double click but with the first click Explorer has scrolled along and the second click lands on a completely different file.
It's extremely irritating.

Hopefully at least one other person out there will get what I'm on about and be just as annoyed by it as I am.

Thanks.

-Boyd


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06 Jul 2011   #2
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BOYD1981 View Post
I would like to prevent Explorer from scrolling a folder's contents to focus on a selected file or folder. Like, if I have a folder open with quite a few files in it and the file I want to double click to open is on the third row I'll go to double click but with the first click Explorer has scrolled along and the second click lands on a completely different file.
I confess... I do not follow what you're describing.

With Windows Explorer, the folders show up on the left pane as you expand them, and the contents of those folders (both sub-folders as well as files) show up on the right pane. You wouldn't have any files show on the left side, so the only place you can select a file would be on the right side.

Now you say you want to double-click on a file, which I would think MUST be on the right side. When I click on a file on the right side (which by definition must already be visible, so that I can click on it) the only thing that happens is that the selected item lights up, as "selected". That's it. No scrolling of any kind.

Have I described what you're doing correctly? Or does something different happen for you than I've described, at some point in the sequence?


Perhaps you could provide two screenshots, one just before your first click on the file you want to double-click on, showing its initial presentation (i.e. in the third row as you describe).

Then, a second screenshot right after the first click, where you say the presentation has scrolled in some way.

A picture's worth 1000 words. And two pictures are better than one.
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06 Jul 2011   #3
BOYD1981

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Here are two screenshots that will hopefully better demonstrate what I mean:


This is before I click on the folder (blue rectangle is from where I had already selected then deselected) and then boom:



this happens as soon as I click, and it doesn't just happen with files/folders with long names. I've also checked on another computer running Windows 7 that hasn't been customised at all and the same thing happens.

It's not really a major problem just very annoying and it happens no matter how quickly I double click.

Hope that helps.

-Boyd
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06 Jul 2011   #4
Imperfect1

 
 

If I understand your problem correctly, see if this tutorial gives you any help:
Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change ‘Open To’ Target
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06 Jul 2011   #5
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BOYD1981 View Post
Here are two screenshots that will hopefully better demonstrate what I mean:


This is before I click on the folder (blue rectangle is from where I had already selected then deselected) and then boom:



this happens as soon as I click, and it doesn't just happen with files/folders with long names. I've also checked on another computer running Windows 7 that hasn't been customised at all and the same thing happens.

It's not really a major problem just very annoying and it happens no matter how quickly I double click.
AHA!!! A picture's worth 1000 words!

The problem (not really) is that you're using "list" view (which is fine, and not really part of the problem) but the item you've selected for opening is in a column on the right which is only partially visible at the right edge of the window. I don't know if that final column would be "fully visible" if you maximized that window into full-screen, but perhaps it would.

I think this "snap to the left, one column" reaction from Windows Explorer is it actually trying to HELP you, by making the entire value visible (since it's currently partially invisible) on the off-chance it's not really the right one for you to be selecting.

If you click on an already fully-visible item, you would not get this "snap to the left one column" result. Or, if the right column were fully-visible, you would not get this "snap to the left one column" result.
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06 Jul 2011   #6
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BOYD1981 View Post
Here are two screenshots that will hopefully better demonstrate what I mean:

Just out of curiosity, how did you get the "File, Edit, ..." menu bar to appear? Is that some 3rd-party product or Registry tweak or other customization trick I'm not familiar with?

Same question about the XP-like functional icons on the right side of this bar? Is this all part of the same enhancement package?

Also, you don't show the "Explorer Tree" pane on the left side. How did that get set?

thanks.
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06 Jul 2011   #7
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

You inquired:

"Just out of curiosity, how did you get the "File, Edit, ..." menu bar to appear? Is that some 3rd-party product or Registry tweak or other customization trick I'm not familiar with?"


1. Open the Control Panel, then select (click on) Appearance and Personalization.
2. Select (click on) Folder Options.
3. Click on the View tab.
4. Under Advanced settings:, Files and Folders, select (check mark) Always show menus.
5. Click on the OK button.

Regards,
GEWB
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06 Jul 2011   #8
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
You inquired:

"Just out of curiosity, how did you get the "File, Edit, ..." menu bar to appear? Is that some 3rd-party product or Registry tweak or other customization trick I'm not familiar with?"


1. Open the Control Panel, then select (click on) Appearance and Personalization.
2. Select (click on) Folder Options.
3. Click on the View tab.
4. Under Advanced settings:, Files and Folders, select (check mark) Always show menus.
5. Click on the OK button.

Regards,
GEWB
AHA! Many thanks.

Actually, now that you describe how to get it, I believe I HAD discovered (or learned from others) about that during my learning process for Win7, on my first install in late 2009. I apparently forgot all about it during my reinstall this past March.


Now, how about the second part of my question, regarding adding those XP-like buttons on the right side of that menu bar? Doesn't seem like that's part of standard Win7 functionality from MS.

Is it 3rd-party?
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06 Jul 2011   #9
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber;1478574 [/QUOTE
Just out of curiosity, how did you get the "File, Edit, ..." menu bar to appear? Is that some 3rd-party product or Registry tweak or other customization trick I'm not familiar with?

Same question about the XP-like functional icons on the right side of this bar? Is this all part of the same enhancement package?

Also, you don't show the "Explorer Tree" pane on the left side. How did that get set?

thanks.
The File, Edit View, etc. bar in Windows Explorer is the Menu Bar . To display it in Windows Explorer, click the Organize button, Layout option, and Menu Bar to enable the permanent visibility of the Menu Bar.

The "Explorer Tree" you refer to is the Navigation Pane. (How to Turn the Navigation Pane On or Off in Windows 7)To display or hide it in Windows Explorer, go to the Command Bar, Organize, Layout, and click or unclick Navigation Pane.
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06 Jul 2011   #10
BOYD1981

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It's been a while since I installed Windows 7, but as far as I can remember the only changes I have made are those to settings available in Windows itself.
I believe most of the other stuff is done by Classic Shell
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