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Windows 7: Replace Windows 7 Task Pane with Windows XP's

04 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Replace Windows 7 Task Pane with Windows XP's

I like the aesthetic of Windows XP's Task Pane, and would like to have it on Windows 7. I've Googled for awhile, but can't find it. I'd like something that goes over the tree section like it does on XP, and has an toggle button like XP's "Explore" pane did so I can still access the tree. I'd like it to be smart like the Windows XP pane and change based on which type of folder I'm in/selected, and incorporate the details pane in it as well.

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04 Jun 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

Use organize-layout navigation pane.

Then under folder options in control panel, check show all folders and automatically expand to current folder.

You might also like 3rd party program file managers better:

Windows Explore alternative for Windows 7 (file browser like XP) - Super User

Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows

Making 7 look and act more like XP:


Right click the taskbar on a blank area. Choose properties. Under taskbar, choose use small icons. Under taskbar buttons, choose never combine. Click ok.

Bring quick launch back to windows 7:

Guided Help: Enable the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7

There are other ways to customize your pc. See here: Personalizing your computer - Microsoft Windows Help

Also read up on the help and support option in the start menu. It is actually quite good now and is great to get more information on windows 7 and all the new features. You can also read up on UAC and how it protects your pc.

You may also be interested in this:

(This option will cause a slight drop in performance-results may vary)

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