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Windows 7: Undesired Windows Explorer behavior

17 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Pro
Undesired Windows Explorer behavior

When using Windows Explorer, when I click an expand folder 'triangle' the folder list jumps so that the selected folder is at the bottom of the window. This is very annoying as each time I expand a folder, I must recenter the folder tree.

Is there some setting which says 'don't move the folder tree when expanding folders'?

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17 Feb 2010   #2
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GRoston View Post
When using Windows Explorer, when I click an expand folder 'triangle' the folder list jumps so that the selected folder is at the bottom of the window. This is very annoying as each time I expand a folder, I must recenter the folder tree.

Is there some setting which says 'don't move the folder tree when expanding folders'?
Hello Welcome to SF,

You could try these steps see whether it works

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Click on Organize pull down menu.
  3. Select Folder and search options.
  4. In the General tab, tick the check box for Show all folders option under Navigation pane section.
Undesired Windows Explorer behavior-capture.jpg

Hope this helps,

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17 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

There are several Threads talking about this. I don't think there is a fix.
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18 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

There is no fix for it as of now. We are all hoping this will be fixed in SP1
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18 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 Pro

Actually, maybe there is. Seems that I had checked the box 'Automatically expand to current folder'. (CJS - thanks for making me look there.) Unchecking this box seems to have made the problem go away - time will tell.
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18 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64

Strange folder behavior in left pane of Windows Explorer Read there. It's possible partially fix this. Going through the steps provided, I've managed to make explorer at least little more usable. It's bug though, which MS doesn't consider as bug but "design", so don't think this will be fixed :-S
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31 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
I found a solution

Use this link Classic Shell: Features and download & install Classicshell. Not only will it fix the jumping folder nightmare but it also allows so much more.
1) Install the free Classic Shell. This is free, quite customisable and works as a mod for Windows Explorer, rather than a full blown replacement. Personally, I didn't install the Classic Start Menu option, but you can if you want.
2) Reboot the computer.
3) Launch Windows Explorer and turn on "Always Show Menus" (this is just for configuration, you can turn it off again afterwards if you want).
4) Right click on the menu bar and turn on the "Classic Explorer Bar". This adds a series of cut/copy/paste icons to Explorer. Crucially, it also adds the "Configuration" icon.
5) Go into the configuration and from here you can tweak things to your heart's content. To kill the horrible Windows 7 folder-jumping, switch the "Navigation Pane Style" to Vista. You can even go more retro and knock it back to XP mode if you want (this adds in the lines to the folder tree and adds a classic "+" icon for expanding folders).
6) Tweak the other settings as well. I have it so that the "More details" bit in copy dialogs is automatically expanded, I've checked the "Show free space and file size in status bar" option (no more having to right click on the drive to see how much space is left), personally I decided to stick with the Windows 7 style "file overwrite" dialog (the default is for the simpler Vista/XP style dialog), and I went for the Windows Vista style folder view which looks pretty much the same as the Windows 7 view, but gets rid of the horrible jumping.
After this, you can turn the toolbar and menus back off in Explorer if you wish. All I know, is that Windows Explorer looks largely the same for me, but folder no longer jump around at all and I finally have my "free disk space" entry back in the status bar.
Now, if only MS could code properly so that I didn't have to mess on with third party apps to get Windows to actually work properly......

Good Luck..
It made me feel like I took a Valium when I saw it working...
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25 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate

I notice that this only happens if I have first clicked on the folder that I'm going to expand. If I have clicked on some other folder besides the one I want to expand, when I then click on the one I want to expand it doesn't "jump" to the bottom. It will "jump" up in this case if that folder's sub-folders won't fit in the viewable space.
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09 Oct 2010   #9

windows 7 professional 64 bit
Undesired Windows Explorer behavior

Open windows explorer
Click on organize
Select Folder and Search Options
Under Navigation Pane Check both "Show all folders" and "Automatically expand to current folder" checkboxes
I did this and now instead of the folder going to the bottom of the screen it goes to the top of the screen, which is much better.
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