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Windows 7: Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed

31 Aug 2015   #1

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed

Hi to all :)

With a shortcut ...
Target:- %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Start in:- C:\Windows
- opens with "Computer" hilited but not with focus/selected ...
- to simply move through the navigation pane with the up/down-keys cannot happen until 'Computer" or a drive has the focus/selected (not just hi-lighted), with mouse click or multiple tapping of the Tab key.
- at first the default focus is not obvious ... then Tab-key ... address bar (nope ... don't want that)
- the only way to apply focus is to mouse LClick Computer or C BUT that expands the nav.pane
Navigation keys behave differently to mouse clicks in navigation-pane
I have tried modifying the two colons and the results pane result is unrelated
- ie, results-pane bares no resemblance to the nav.pane hi-light
- mostly nav-pane is 'Favorites" and results pane is a pandora's box of results.
Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed-2_-20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d-.png

BUT these examples all open in C:\ but with C expanded in Navigation pane
Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed-1_e-c-drive.png
Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed-3_.png

How can Explorer be opened in "Computer" but with first drive selected but not expanded in the Navigation pane
- or even Computer with focus (not just highlighted)
I open WinExp with a keyboard shortcut and want to navigate to any drive just by using the down-key (which doesn't work while Navigation pane does not have focus)
- I am trying to reduce mouse-clicks (screen sweeping) because the keyboard is far quicker and simpler than multiple mouse clicks
Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed-4_want-.png

Third party Explorers are OK -- I use XPlore2 ($$) unfortunately MS WinExp is the ONLY way to do some rare tasks eg, Folder Options, and others (that I cannot recall right now)

I would appreciate your advice ... thank you :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Aug 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Well, until you find a solution, just Shift+Tab once when Explorer window opens, it will have Computer in focus and then down/up arrow as you wish. I used your first shortcut target to test mine:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Need to press Enter/Return when you are on the partition to see contents on right pane. Right/left arrows once on a partition also expands and hides the folders in it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Shortcut to open Win.Exp in C:\ BUT with nav.pane collapsed

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