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Windows 7: Windows Explorer left hand pane

26 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7
Windows Explorer left hand pane

If I expand a folder that's down towards the bottom and there's a lot of subfolders, then everything moves up to make room for the subfolder list. That's as it should be. But about the time I go to click on one of the subfolders, the whole list moves down again and you have to scroll back down to get where you want. After that, it stays put. It's an bug/annoyance that I hope someone gets fixed.
Just my 2 cents worth.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2009   #2


I think the OP is noticing the little quirk in Win 7 where Explore does not bring the left pane target folder (the one with focud) up to the to of the pane, throwing it instead to the bottom of the pane.

A nuisance for sure, but unresolved to my knowledge.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

OK, further research shows this is a widely-known problem. It's more serious than a folder jumping around when you click on it.

The problem also happens when doing a drag/drop to the Windows Explorer navigation pane, which causes files to land in the wrong place. IOW you're dragging a file to a folder, and just as your mouse cursor touches it, the folder jumps out from under you, making your files land in the wrong place.

The problem was reported before Win7 shipped; I can't believe it wasn't fixed. There are so many threads discussing it, I can't tell if MS has acknowledged it a bug or still considers it intended design behavior. If a bug I see no indication of a severity assessment: hotfix, vs service pack vs next major Windows version.

Various other threads containing discussion and work-arounds (none good, IMO):

Windows explorer tree view expands at the bottom, not at the top as it used to be (note this one contains pointers to yet other threads discussing the problem)

Strange folder behavior in left pane of Windows Explorer

W7 Jumping To Bottom Browser When clicking on Folders (thread contains 9MB .mov video which well illustrates the problem):
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13 Feb 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

I got money says it will be fixed in SP1
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

@Tepid: Can I collect now ;-)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

LOL. It wasn't
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7

I downloaded and installed xplorer2 from xplorer² lite: free windows explorer replacement (file manager)

There's a "lite" version and a paid version for $29.95. Somehow I missed the "lite" version when I went there and wound up paying for it.

It works great. So would have the lite version.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2011   #8

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

I'm a fan of Free Commander as my "file manager" Explorer substitute.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Status update: the problem is still not fixed, and users report the behavior is also in the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Low-level Microsoft personnel have stated it's "by design", but nobody at Microsoft has articulated a rationale for the current behavior. I've seen no response from a senior Escalation Support Engineer, nor a senior person in the Windows product group.

Further discussion: Windows explorer tree view expands at the bottom, not at the top as it - Microsoft Answers

Windows 8 Explorer Navigation Pane Jumps a Short Time After Window Is Started
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2012   #10

Win 7 Ult 32

Right click on the left explorer pane and uncheck "expand to current folder" and "show all folders"
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