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Windows 7: Exposing File in Explorer Drop down folder tree

28 Dec 2017   #1

Exposing File in Explorer Drop down folder tree

ON Various machines with windows 7 that I have it seams to work different. At times I can click on a file and it will highlight the folder tree to show me where its at in the folder tree. Other times I am just having to dig down through the tree to find it. I need a way to tell windows that I don't want to be digging around to find something when there is a way to expose it in the folder tree. Thanks You !

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29 Dec 2017   #2


Today I found: In Windows Explorer click "Organize" button (top panel, Left) -> "Folder and search options" -> "Navigation Pane" check the box "Automatically expand to current folder".
Then I can Right Click on the file I found and "open file Location"

I found on this thread
Get directory tree in left side of Windows Explorer??? Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
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29 Dec 2017   #3

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Right Click

You can:
  • Right click in the Navigation Pane
  • Choose "Expand to current folder"
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Certain Windows Explorer hacks may cause that function to fail.
On my PC, if I use the hide User folder hack, the auto-expand function stops working.
User Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

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