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Windows 7: Automatically Expand to Current Folder: half-finished?

View Poll Results: Favorite way to navigate folders in Windows Explorer?
Double-click Left Panel 2 18.18%
Double-click Right Panel 5 45.45%
Single-click Right Panel 2 18.18%
Search directly to folder 2 18.18%
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16 Aug 2009   #1
HighWisdom

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Automatically Expand to Current Folder: half-finished?

For starters, let me state that:

1. I've searched all over Win7 forums on this site and others, and haven't found a solution.

2. I've seen the tutorials on this site. I know how to access the options.

So please spare me any FAQish advice and basic tutorial links.

What I'd like to know is this:

Currently, even with the "automatically expand to current folder" option enabled, that functionality only occurs when navigating in the right hand panel. Opening a folder via double- (or possibly, single-) click in the right hand panel causes the left panel to reflect that change: the folder tree expands to show that folder.

This is only half satisfying, however, as I would ultimately like to see the FOLDER I OPENED expanded (showing me it's subfolders in the left panel), not just it's parent folder expanded to show the one I opened along with its siblings.

Even worse, when you navigate in the left-hand folder tree, you are still required to double click to expand a folder.

Even if I enable the "single click to open an item" option, folders in the left hand panel don't expand after a single click.

SO...

Is there any way to make folders in the tree expand with a SINGLE CLICK in the left hand panel (i.e. how it worked in XP)?

1. Win +E
2. single click on computer in folder tree
2a. computer automatically expands in left panel (NOT in right)
3. single click on C:\ in folder tree
3a. C:\ expands in left (again, not in right)

if I want to make the right panel change, i double click

Is this possible in Win7 via a hidden option? Registry hack? Something?


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16 Nov 2009   #2
mtakala82

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Bumbing this too. I really need the single-click to expand in the folder tree pane. Maybe a tweak or in SP1....
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16 Nov 2009   #3
Disk4mat

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)
 
 

For some reason I dont get it, maybe Im half asleep. I single click in the left pane by selecting the expand arrow ([+] and [-] in XP). I never have to double click in the tree. Only when navigating in the right pane.
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16 Nov 2009   #4
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

You can both double click and click the arrow. I don't think you can do that though. Why would you want it?
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17 Nov 2009   #5
mtakala82

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

The arrow is much smaller to click than the tree item itself, which makes it harder to click.
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17 Nov 2009   #6
Kika

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HighWisdom View Post
however, as I would ultimately like to see the FOLDER I OPENED expanded (showing me it's subfolders in the left panel), not just it's parent folder expanded to show the one I opened along with its siblings.
I've been searching solution for this since 7 beta and there is none. I've been posting all over the places for this. So if there is possible to downgrade to wmp11 and ie7 in windows 7, maybe someone could make Vista explorer work under it?
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17 Nov 2009   #7
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

I'm with the other poster who said if you just click the arrow one time, you're there. Can't see a need for anything beyond that.
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18 Nov 2009   #8
Kika

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I started use this software instead default explorer - Software Q-Dir 3.95 makes your files and folder easy to manage.
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08 Jan 2010   #9
cuyocksol

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
I agree with High Wisdom...

Previously (XP) single click on a left-hand pane folder performed a dual function:
1. To expand the folder in the left-hand pane;
2. To open the folder.

Whoever is saying "just click on the arrow on the left" fails to understand this doesn't open the folder!

Previously it was very fast to navigate through even long and complicated tree structures with only single clicks................ Now that is lost.
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08 Jan 2010   #10
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cuyocksol View Post
Previously (XP) single click on a left-hand pane folder performed a dual function:
1. To expand the folder in the left-hand pane;
2. To open the folder.

Whoever is saying "just click on the arrow on the left" fails to understand this doesn't open the folder!

Previously it was very fast to navigate through even long and complicated tree structures with only single clicks................ Now that is lost.
I don't need the folder open unless it is the actual folder I'm going to, and one click on the folder name does that. I don't double-click anything in the left panel, ever.
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