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Windows 7: Opening windows in Windows 7

05 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Opening windows in Windows 7

I just got a new computer with Windows 7 Pro. when I go to find a file in a folder or in a subfolder in "My Documents", all of window panes leading up to the final window with the file in it stay opened. I have to then go back and close them manually or go to my task bar, right click on the folder icon and click on close all. I dont remember that happening in XP. Is there a setting i can change to make each previous folder close when i open the next one? Thanks for your help on this.

I also noticed that i only have the "library" box as an option when i go to open folders. Once i open Library then I can open "My Documents". is there a way to have the "My Documents option so i don't have to go through the extra step of choosing library and then my My Documents? I guess what i am trying to do is to make "My Documents" a primary folder instead of a subfolder of "Library".

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05 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Welcome, kpmitch.

I think what you want to do is to choose "open each folder in the same window" option in folder options (find it in Organize menu).

In order to make Explorer open in any folder you want, My Documents or anything else, create a shortcut to Explorer, right-click on it, go to properties and change target to

%windir%\explorer.exe /n,/e path

where path should point to the folder of your choice. For example in my case this would be E:\home.
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05 Mar 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello kpmitch, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below and all the "Related Tutorials" at the bottom of the tutorial, maybe you'll find something useful to you.

Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
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05 Mar 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

make "My Documents" a primary folder instead of a subfolder of "Library".
The library concept works on the premise that you have more than 1 folder in each library (I happen to have 3 right now). In that case, it is more convenient to first go to the library rather than having a big number of individual folders.
I do, however, keep shortcuts of a few folders that I use frequently in the Rocket Dock. You can also put them into the left pane of Start, into a Toolbar in the taskbar or an Application Launcher of any kind.
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