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Windows 7: Highest level folders on Windows Explorer

30 Sep 2009   #1
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 
Highest level folders on Windows Explorer

On my desktop machine, they are Favorites and Desktop, while on my notebook machine, they are Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer and Network. The OSes are both W7 x64 Ultimate and I thought I installed them the same way. I wonder why the difference.
How can I make Windows Explorer of the notebook PC's show the same way as the desktop PC does?


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30 Sep 2009   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Do you have a scrennshot?
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30 Sep 2009   #3
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
On my desktop machine, they are Favorites and Desktop, while on my notebook machine, they are Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer and Network. The OSes are both W7 x64 Ultimate and I thought I installed them the same way. I wonder why the difference.
How can I make Windows Explorer of the notebook PC's show the same way as the desktop PC does?
Click on this drop down button
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30 Sep 2009   #4
BFG

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

your desktop machine has 'Show all folders' selected while your notebook does not

when it's like that there are 2 groupings like you describe the favorites and desktop

right click an empty part of the navigation pane and select 'show all folders' and the navigation pane will be grouped like your desktop

on a side note not sure why the heck in the nav pane they refer to the links folder as favorites, when there already exists the real favorites folder. It should just be called links or a new name, not sure why it got changed
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01 Oct 2009   #5
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks to everyone for your responses.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BFG View Post
right click an empty part of the navigation pane and select 'show all folders' and the navigation pane will be grouped like your desktop
This took care of my problem. Thanks for your help.

This is off-topic but I do not really need the "Favorites". Is there a way to get rid of it?
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01 Oct 2009   #6
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
This is off-topic but I do not really need the "Favorites". Is there a way to get rid of it?
go below and uncheck favorites
To customize the right pane of the Start menu

  1. You can add or remove items, such as Computer, Control Panel, and Pictures, that appear on the right side of the Start menu. You can also change some items so that they appear as links or menus.
  2. Right click the start button and select Properties.
  3. Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.
  4. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, select the options in the list that you want, click OK, and then click OK again.
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01 Oct 2009   #7
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
Thanks to everyone for your responses.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BFG View Post
right click an empty part of the navigation pane and select 'show all folders' and the navigation pane will be grouped like your desktop
This took care of my problem. Thanks for your help.

This is off-topic but I do not really need the "Favorites". Is there a way to get rid of it?
Just a note before you get rid of favorites.

The Favorites in the explorer are not the IE favorites.
You can drag any folder you open often to the Favorites.
Then you don't have to browse for it any more.

Check it out before you decide to get rid of it.

Good luck
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02 Oct 2009   #8
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

SquonkSC:
I did not know what to do with the Favorites though I knew this was not the same as in IE. So, thank you for enlightening me about it. I tried the Favorites but the problem is that the folder under it does not open in tree fashion as Windows Explorer. Another word I want sub-folders shown on the left side field so that it is easier to hunt for a file.

So let me repeat the previous question: Is it possible to remove the Favorites?
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02 Oct 2009   #9
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
SquonkSC:
I did not know what to do with the Favorites though I knew this was not the same as in IE. So, thank you for enlightening me about it. I tried the Favorites but the problem is that the folder under it does not open in tree fashion as Windows Explorer. Another word I want sub-folders shown on the left side field so that it is easier to hunt for a file.

So let me repeat the previous question: Is it possible to remove the Favorites?
I don't have an answer for removing the favorites.

But you are missing the point for it's use.
Favorites is ideal to jump directly to a folder that is several layers deep inside a folder tree, but you access it often.
Instead of climbing down the folder tree, you jump there instantly.

It has it's own function, and making trees in it would work counter productive to it's function.

If you are still sure you want to get rid of it, you'll have to wait for someone who knows how.

Good luck
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03 Oct 2009   #10
antt

Windows 7 build 7100 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquonkSC View Post
Favorites is ideal to jump directly to a folder that is several layers deep inside a folder tree, but you access it often.
Instead of climbing down the folder tree, you jump there instantly.

It has it's own function, and making trees in it would work counter productive to it's function.
A good example of this is my uni work. I have a massive hierarchy sorted under my documents by year, semester, unit, and assessment. Instead of having to manually click through libraries > my documents > Uni 2009 > Semester 2 to get the unit folders, I just pin the Semester 2 folder to favourites as a shortcut. Click on it and bam! your at the unit folders.
A hierarchy would defeat the purpose of such functionality.
I also pin folders that I'm currently doing assessment in to the explorer jumplist, so I can jump straight there.
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