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{Solved} No right pane with Windows Explorer

Question: {Solved} No right pane with Windows Explorer

[Not sure question in right Forum.] Problem is with Win95 and when I right clik on something in My Computer to bring up Explore menu option, and then left clik on left side of window to display contents to the right, I am not able to get the right pane with the contents listed as always have.
Nothing comes up. I dragged the window from the right but the right pane was not hidden there. I get info in the bar above Start bar showing how many Objects and how much disk space is used and free. I've Re-started computer a couple of times to no avail. Never had this problem before.

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I have received an e-mail response from the creator of Windows Double Explorer / Windows Dual Pane Explorer (names seem to be interchangeable) . My apologies for not knowing the proper terms, but I hope anyone will be able to understand what I’m about to describe.

According to information provided by the creator of WDE / WDPE one uninstalls the program by doing the following:

Navigate to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. There you should find a shortcut file (look for a file not a folder) named Windows Dual Pane Explorer. Select that shortcut file, options click and writedown the target path of the shortcut. Delete the shortcut. Navigate to the location the target path dictates. There you should find both a zipped and an unzipped folder of WDE / WDPE. Delete the folders and also any other shortcut files to WDE / WDPE that you may have created and you&#8217;re done.

Apparently WDE / WDPE is never actually installed. Instead WDE/WDPE initially downloads a folder named WDE Portable 0.3.7.0 zipped. When this download folder is launched it unzips another folder named WDE Portable 0.3.7.0 unzipped into the same directory. During the unzipping process a shortcut is created on the desktop that points back to the unzipped folder. Thusly WDE/WDPE never gets listed into Windows Control Panel&#8217;s Program Files & Features section. That&#8217;s why it can&#8217;t be uninstalled as one might ordinarily expe... Read more

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When I open an instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane show little or nothing (no drives, folders, etc.). Also the preview pane does not show a preview for any selected files (See Capture1.JPG).
If I open a second (or higher) instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane functions properly (the preview still does not show) (See Capture2.JPG).
I have previews set to show (See Capture3.JPG).
Also occasionally, the file icons will be blank instead of showing the file type specific icon. When this happens, the address bar also seems to take a long time to load. The load bar will stop before reaching the end and won't finish (See Capture4.JPG).

Does anyone know what is going on or how to fix this?

FYI I am running 64 bit Windows 7 Pro.

Answer:Windows Explorer: Navigation Pane and Preview Pane Bug

Try Explorer++ and see if you get the same problem.

Need to enable "Folders" view.
If it works then you can rule out problems with system files and it's probably a buggy shell extension.

https://explorerplusplus.com/

It's portable and runs without installation.

Let us know if navigation pane works using Explorer++

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I am looking for replacement of window explorer - dual pane.

I know there is Directory opus. I have seen a few others last year bur I am unable to find them now. Maybe you can help.

Does not have to be free version

I use windows 7 ultimate sp1

Tahnk you very much
 

Answer:Solved: Dual Pane File Manager (Windows Explorer)

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Hi, I just re-installed windows 7 on my desktop pc and have a question about the settings of the details pane in windows explorer (the one that appears and the bottom when you select a file). Previously when I selected video files (.mp4, .avi and .mkv) I would get the details at the bottom, the video frame width and height, size of file etc.. but since I reinstalled I don't get these details when I select video files. I know its only a small problem but I work with video files a lot and have gotten used to seeing the resolution of files without having to open them. Does anyone know how I can get the details pane to show these details again? At the moment it only displays the video size, name and state.

Here is a screen-shot of the details pane for a selected .mkv video file on my laptop, this is what I want it to display on my pc.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows explorer details pane for videos problem

Is the folder set as a "Video" type?
Look at the properties of the folder, and there you will see a drop down list for the type.
 

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Hi to all, i have a laptop running Windows 7 Professional. The problem is strange and havent had it on any other Windows 7 machine.

If i click the folder icon on the bottom tool bar (windows explorer) then in the left hand pane expand the C drive then right click on any folder it instantly displays a dialog saying Explorer has experienced a problem and needs to close, windows is
looking for a fix for this problem (cant remember exact wording) then Explorer.exe restarts. This happens on the local C drive and Network drives. 
I though it could be a permissions problem so have taken ownership of all files & folders on the C drive which made no difference, i have removed the laptop from our server / domain and it is still the same / no change.
Can anyone shed any light on this problem or offer any ideas on fixing it? the laptop is only a few months old and is i5 / 4GB RAM Dell machine running Windows 7 Pro SP1 office 2003 Pro, checked for virus & adware & all clean.

Answer:Explorer.exe crashes when righ click on item in left pane on windows explorer nothing in system logs, explorer.exe restarts.

The faulting module (Fault Module Name: SHELL32.dll) shell32.dll is a Windows system file however the file that is actually causing the crash may be a third party file which from the symptoms
may be a third party context menu handler.
The following link has some info and a download to ShellExView which you can use to selectively disable third party context menu handlers to find out a problematic one:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm
You could try disabling all non-Microsoft context menu handlers and then, if the problem resolves, re-enable them one at a time to see which one was the problem.
BTW, the error should be logged in the Event Viewer Application log as a Application Error involving explorer.exe

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We have enable the preview pane for Windows Explorer within the Local Group Policy Editor, however no preview pane is showing in Windows Explorer. What other setting do we need to look for?

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Been grappling for some time to customizing the right pane of either Win7 or Win10 (not sure if they respond the same) to allow permanent column and column title arrangements. Ideally I would like to apply such attributes to a specific folder and all it's sub-folders. An example is below:
I would also love to be able to set these columns as fixed widths, but this is not as important as the specific columns themselves.

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OH No I'm two years late BUT
I have XP & IE6.1 AND Windows Explorer & My Docs both open the same, with the Folders panel greyed out. Usually in Win Exp I see the other files as a sub directory of the one in the Folders panel.

I have tried
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{EFA24E64-B078-11d0-89E4-00C04FC9E26E}\InProcServer32] @="C:\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM\\SHDOCVW.DLL"
Also
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
You will find the following 3 sub keys: Explorer, ShellBrowser, WebBrowser
Delete each of these sub-keys ITBarLayout.
also
Use Registry Editor to delete the ExplorerBar value in the following registry key, and then restart your computer: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
also
Reloaded (not repired) XP
Loaded ie 7 and then unloaded (too confusing)

ALL did not work
Please please HELP!!!
 

Answer:Solved: Explorer folder pane greyed out.

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Is it possible to have no Nav Pane when opening a Desktop folder, but have Nav Pane when opening Win Explorer? Like it was in WinXp/Win98/Win95?
When I disable Nav Pane, it disappears for Desktop folders and Windows Explorer.

I think the answer was 'no' for Win7.

I installed Classic Start Menu hoping one of it's features could do it. If it does, I've not been able to enable it. Other than that, Classic Start Menu is a super improvement.

You all take care,

JimB

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Hi!

I got a problem with the sidebar in windows explorer. Sometimes when i open it the only things that shows is the favorites, libraries and homegroup titles but non of the folders or links that are supposed to be there.



It stays like that for a while and then its back to normal (but only if/when i open a new explorer window). Im able to access e.g. the libraries when its like this but it looks like its searching for them but cant find them.


Help is very much appriciated
Thanks
Sebbe138

Answer:Windows explorer navigation pane

It can take a while to load everything on various machines, depending on hardware and configuration.

If you don't want it to load all folders, ( which takes time);

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder[2]=File%20Folder%20Settings

there are other tutorials there on this and similar matters.

By the way, that window is known as the "Explorer Navigation Pane", "Sidebar" refers to something else.

Regards....Mike Connor

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Is there a way to display file folder location in the details pane view?
In the search box I've type *.* and it display all files.  There are duplicate files I want to delete so I want to see which folder they're in without checking each file's properties.

Thanks in advance.

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I have an issue about Windows Explorer in Windows 7 Home Premium I have use this OS for a long time but then
Suddenly, this pane comes up and I cant close it. Can someone Help me?

Here's the image of that Pane :

Answer:How can I close this Windows Explorer Pane?

Status Bar - Turn On or Off

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Am running ME and after an updating session with ms found that WExp had changed. I no longer get the two panes just a singe one similar to opening a window in My Computer.Consequently, if I wish to move files around I have to open two WExp in order to drag and drop from one folder to another.I also get an error sometimes and WExp will not run properly until the system is restarted.

Answer:Lost my r/h pane in Windows Explorer

Try this: if it fails post back for a reg hack1)Open Explore2)Open the "view" menu and select "options"3)Click the "File Type" tab4)Scroll down to "Folder" in the "Registered file type" window andDouble click it.5)Highlight "Explore" in the "Action" window.6)Click on the "Set Default" button.7)Hit the "OK" buttons to return to windows.Chris

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Any idea how to remove the Navigation pane in Windows Explorer in Windows Vista (Home Premium)? Kinda takes upa bit of real estate...

Answer:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Click on the Organize button, then on the Layout selection, then uncheck Navigation Pane.

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in w98se if i double click my computer and click once on the c drive icon it displays the properties of the hard drive. how do i get this to happen in XP when i have turned off all the flashy xp bits to speed up performance?thanks for any help

Answer:windows XP explorer info pane

Right click on the drive, Properties.

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Windows Explorer - Single pane

In XP how do I create a shortcut to have Windows Explorer open to a drive in a single pane.
Single pane = the whole window with nothing but folders.
 

Answer:Windows Explorer - Single pane

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Hey guys.
Lately, when I open up any folder, I get a blank pane (picture included.)

Do you have any ideas how to fix this?

Thanks,
Justin

Answer:Blank Windows Explorer Pane

Hello Justin,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You could try a restore point to a time before the problem started. Info here if needed. System Restore

You could also do a system file check (sfc). Info here: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please keep us posted.

Gary

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Can anyone teach me how to stop the folder automatic fold-up in the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer? I would like to leave the folders open that I open just like all the other previous Windows versions have done.
I sure hope there is a way to stop it. I have tried for a long time to get used to it but it just isn't my cup of tea!
Thank You in Advance for whatever information you can give.

Answer:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Doesn't look like anyone has the answer to stopping that obnotious automatic fold up

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I had to manually find all related files to OE6 to delete it so it would reinstall. Then the updates. Now nothing shows up on the preview pane or when I open the email. I can use Outlook instead but what is wrong? The only view of the message is in properties: details: message source.
 

Answer:Solved: OE has empty preview pane, open pane

1. With Outlook Express closed, go to Start>Run
2. Type in: regsvr32 inetcomm.dll (with the space after "regsvr32")
3. Click OK (or press the Enter key)
4. Open OE and see if things are fixed
 

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Hello
I do not have a folder pane (a folder tree with the Desktop, my Computer, the Network) in Explorer any more.
This is a rather annoiing and difficult problem, and have searched several times for hour with NO solution for Vista.

I do not know exactly when this started, since I'm not normally using Windows Explorer that much. Now when I open the Explorer, the place where the Folder pane should be is totally blank, as seen below. (My Layout is set to "Navigation Pane")

I can see contents of folders in the Right pane and navigate through them, but can't see any folder hierarchy in the Left Folder-pane -- it's just totally blank as shown above.

Does anyone have a solution? I'd rather not re-install Vista...

PS: The problem seemed to exists in W9x and ME too Windows Explorer-Left Pane Empty - Tech Support Guy Forums and has a fix from MS, to delete a part of the registry, but this does not work for Vista.

Thanks a lot in Advance,
Ralfko

PS: I've read Brink's information on resetting Folder View settings and tried this to, but it did not help.

Answer:Blank folder pane in Windows Explorer

Try this and see whether it helps:
Left Folder Pane Not Displayed In Windows 7 or Vista Explorer

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As well as the expected drives (3 1/2, C + D) and control panel, I have gained a 'my digital camera icon'. It also appeared in Control panel. Properties gave Fotonation as vendor. It was there whether or not camera usb connected, and refers to a Fuji MX camera that I do not own. Deleting references to Fotonation in Pregrammes and registry have removed all but a generic icon in explorer. It cannot be deleted and denotes as a 'windows system' file. Can I get rid of it?

Answer:delete icon from windows explorer pane

Try booting to safe mode and delete it from there

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Can anyone tell me how to get the Left pane back using Regedit ?I always use shortcut Win + E to open Windows Explorer. I edited the Registry to let the mouse pointer open a program by just pointing the arrow at the program icon. However that did not happen.And though I undid that edit. I lost the left pane in Windows Explorer in the bargain.The Windows Explorer displays only the right pane.How do I resurrect the left pane in W Explorer?

Answer:Left pane in Windows Explorer has gone blank

From IE toolbar, click on show favourites, or history if you wish, and the left pane should appear showing whichever you have chosen. j.

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I noticed some threads on the same issue on 98 and me systems.

In the Windows Explorer Window the left pane is blank (gray, only the little cross to close the pane) when the folder view is selected. The search and history folder do work though.

Is there someone who can help me please?

Happy 2003,

Tsjompie
 

Answer:Blank Folders Pane in Windows Explorer

Which version of Windows are you using please? And which version of Internet Explorer is installed?
 

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Does anyone know how to edit the details that appear at the bottom of the screen when you select a file? I'm not talking about the details that you can change when you select view but the one at the very bottom of the screen.
Thank you

Answer:Edit windows explorer details pane?

Try this:

http://www.muvenum.com/downloads/fre...tags-setup.exe

Once installed, go to the details tab of a files properties, and you can edit them as you wish, which will also appear at the bottom of Windows Explorer.

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Hello SevenForums, I am having a particularly annoying problem with my favorites shortcuts in my navigation pane. I have no idea what I actually did but I know I accidentally altered the "Links" file in C:/(Users)/(MyUser)/Links. Ever since then my "Favorites" shortcuts in the navigation pane are completely empty. I cannot add new links either.

I have tried everything from the simple "restore favorite links" option to manually editing the registry value to be sure in included the "IsShortcut" entry. I have tried the techniques from several different threads on this very website. I have tried every single option from each one of these tutorials:

Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix
Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane
User Folders - Restore Default Location
Default File Type Associations - Restore

Nothing has fixed the problem.

In addition to this all the sections in the navigation pane that used to independent (IE - Libraries, Computer, Network, ETC) are all now contained under the "Desktop" category. This is a recent issue and not nearly as maddening as the favorites issue I described above.

So priority one for me is to fix the favorites links. If anyone can shed some light on the situation I would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Problems

Hello brewersomething, and welcome to Seven Forums.

All of your default Favorites are there in the right pane when you have Favorites selected. It appears that you need to expand open Favorites in the navigation pane by clicking on the small white outlined triangle just to the left of Favorites.

It looks like you have your navigation pane set to "show all folders". Unchecking this option using the method in the tutorial below will have your navigation pane show in separate groups again.

Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Hi,

In the navigation pane on the left, win explorer shows only actual folders, not aliases to folders. How can I make it show an alias as well?

Thanks

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Good day to all,

I'm trying to fix a small annoyance of mine with Windows Explorer. I would like the "Computer" to be permanently expanded. Here are some images that will clarify what I am trying to accomplish. The 1st image is what my navigation pane currently looks like, the 2nd is what I would like for it to look like

1st Image
2nd Image

I would also like to remove certain items in the Navigation pane that I don't use such as "Network" and/or "Control Panel" if possible. I have tried a program that was suggested in another post which was suggested by the user mickey megabyte and can be found [URL="[/URL] . However sadly, this program did not remove any of these unwanted items.

I wasn't certain which forum to post this question in so I went with General Discussion. As per my usual etiquette, if anyone can help me reach a solution I will update my post with a clear guideline on how to fix the problem so that future users won't have to ask the same question.

Thanks

Answer:Changing Windows Explorer's Navigation Pane

Your images aren't visible, nor is your link to the other thread.

Edit your post and make sure your html tags are correct.

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hello

I'm using windows xp home and when i open windows explorer there is no left pane for the folder tree. even when i click on the folder icon there is still only one pane no split screen.

Answer:folder pane in windows explorer missing

Hi DJ -First open Windows Explorer - Next -On the top line look to see if the item in - View > Explorer Bar > Folders is ticked -If the item is unticked you will not see the left pane -Hope this helps Thank You

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I'm a 5 day Win 8 new-bee leaning new stuff every day.
The latest thing to have me stumped is the Navigation Pane in explorer.
I don't want them all to look the same. I have folders on my desktop, in which all I want to see is the short cuts to apps. I went into View/Navigation Pane, and deselected Navigation Pane. I got the look I wanted, but it applied to all folders that I opened. Whenever I click on Windows Explorer, the Navigation pane was missing. If I restored it, it again applied to all folders. I am NOT clicking on Apply to All Folders in View/Options. So why can't I get what I want?

Answer:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane - What am I doing wrong?

Hello Jeff, and welcome to Eight Forums.

In File Explorer (renamed Windows Explorer), the navigation pane turn on or off setting is a universal setting for all folders and libraries windows. It can't be turned on or off for some and not others.

It was this way in Vista and Windows 7 as well.

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If I expand a folder that's down towards the bottom and there's a lot of subfolders, then everything moves up to make room for the subfolder list. That's as it should be. But about the time I go to click on one of the subfolders, the whole list moves down again and you have to scroll back down to get where you want. After that, it stays put. It's an bug/annoyance that I hope someone gets fixed.
Just my 2 cents worth.

Answer:Windows Explorer left hand pane

I think the OP is noticing the little quirk in Win 7 where Explore does not bring the left pane target folder (the one with focud) up to the to of the pane, throwing it instead to the bottom of the pane.

A nuisance for sure, but unresolved to my knowledge.

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Maybe this has been discussed before, but I'm noticing that the navigation pane in Windows Explorer doesn't automatically scroll left and right anymore in the latest builds. Nor is there a horizontal scroll bar on that pane, like there was on XP. So if you have folders that are nested more than four or five deep, the only way to see the deeper levels is to drag that pane wider.

This is happening in both 7048 and 7057. Are others seeing this? Is this a bug or are they changing the way horizontal scrolling works and it's just not finished?

Answer:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Autoscroll

I couldn't say about the navigation pane as I always disable all the extra windows options for the explorer windows. As for the horizontal scroll - if I understand you correctly, that is still there but you have to scale the window horizontally until there is less than one tiles worth of space. Otherwise the icons just auto tile themselves.

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I've successfully removed the Libraries and Favorites categories from the Windows Explorer navigation pane. Does anybody know if it is possible to remove the User and Network groups as well?

Answer:Cleaning Up The Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Hello Mulsiphix,

Yes, these tutorials below will show you how to. See the related links in the tutorials as well for other items that you can remove if you would also like to.

Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

User Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

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I have just installed Windows 2000 server on a Dell Poweredge 2450, when entering windows explorer the lft pane is grayed out. I am running IE6 and have removed all security patches for windows to no avail.

Please Help !
 

Answer:[Resolved] Windows Explorer pane grayed out

Welcome to TSG, tthulen.

Run regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{EFA24E64-B078-11d0-89E4-00C04FC9E26E}

With that key highlighted, click File (or Registry) > Export, name and save the key to the desktop.

With the .reg file on the desktop, Right click on it and rename it with a .txt extension

Now upload it here as an attachement so we can see what is there. There is a possible fix for this, but it may vary somewhat in Win2k
 

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can anyone help me in windows 7, I was able to to go into file explorer and would be able to see the document in the preview pane using PDF viewer Plus. Now I am unable to see anything. I cant seem to see any way to configure the file explorer to see any pdf files. Word files ok just seems to be the pdf files.
Any help would be great thanks

Answer:file explorer windows 10 pdf preview pane

Find any PDF file.
Right click on it.
Select 'Open with...'
Select 'Choose another app'
Select 'More apps'
Choose the app you like (PDF viewer Plus)
Check 'Always use this app to open .pdf files'
Click OK.

Hopefully Explorer can now find and open these files.

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I am wanting to to the folders into links like in XP so that by clicking the name of the folder it will expand. Windows 7 seems to have gone to a little triangle symbol next to the name for this purpose, but it is annoying spending time trying to hit that small symbol. Is there any way to make the listings into links? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 Explorer Navigation pane Question

Hello nakedbamboo,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

Try a double click to expand folders.

Hope this helps.

Gary

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I just reformated my hard drive and reloaded XP Home. The problem I'm having, is that when I open Windows Explorer, (not Internet Explorer) the left pane (tree) does not cascade automatic to show all the folders. It just shows Documents, My Computer and the + sign beside each one to expand to the folders. It used to do this automatically in the past. I've tried all the view options on the tool bars, all property settings and nothing works. I'm running active desktop like I always do. Any ideas?

Thanks, Steve
 

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We have a Dell desktop that has Windows 2000. When we open My Computer or Windows Explorer it is blank besides a small box with a dot in the upper left corner. I have switched views and it still is blank. The All folders pane shows the folder in Explorer. There are a couple of folder that can be selected and they will display file in the left pane but most will not. I need help. Thanks!
 

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Is there a way to set the root of the Windows Explorer navigationpane to "Computer", so that Favorites, Desktop, Libraries, Network,and so forth are all omitted? -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Answer:Root of navigation pane in Windows Explorer

When do you want the root of the drive the appear, after what action?

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Can you add a button to open and close the Windows Explorer navigation pane in Windows 7?

The toolbar button to toggle the Navigation Pane (and up directory) in Windows XP seems missing in Windows 7. I've been unable to find an option to bring it back nor have I found a plug-in which enables it.

Anyone have a way to let me quickly open and close the Nav Pane?

thanks,
-deac

Answer:Can you add a button to toggle navigation pane in Windows Explorer?

The only way I know of is to use third party software. Perhaps someone else will come up with a way to do it manually.

You can add a button to toggle the navigation pane on/off using:

WinAero: Explorer Toolbar Editor

(need to have network http.sendRefererHeader enabled for the download to work) - if you've disabled it previously.

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I have two computers. One computer has Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit and the other has Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit. I have the latest Adobe reader on both computers. The preview pane is set the same way on both and so are the settings for the Adobe reader. On the 32 bit OS I can preview anything in the preview pane. It reads .jpg, .pdf. Word documents.. all of it. On the 64 bit the preview pane always shows me pics, sometimes previews word docs but will only ever show me the adobe icon in the preview pane. It never allows me to see what is in the document. I have checked, double checked, and triple checked all the settings and everything is the same except I still can't preview pdf documents in the 64bit operating system. Can anybody help?

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Windows will display some formats in Windows Explorer's preview pane, such as .txt, .bmp, etc. However, there are several that it will not display, such as Open Office Writer documents. Is there a way to tell Windows what file types you want the preview pane to display?

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On my laptop running Windows ME when I right click on the start button then select explore I get the two part window, on the right are the icons showing folder contents but the left hand pane is empty,just grey. I would expect to see a directory tree structure here. Any one know what might be wrong? How do I get my tree back?Many thanksMark Atherton.

Answer:windows explorer, left hand pane is blank

View, Explorer Bar and pick folders.

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I want to change the icon order in windows explorer navigation pane. By default you have Library, Homegroup, Computer and Network, in that order (there is also favorites but I removed it and I don't remember now where it is placed exactly).

I want to change the order to: Computer, Library, Homegroup, Network.
The folowing image show it:
(Blue line: move Library down. Red line: place Computer where Library was)

In windows XP there was a program called TweakXP by Microsoft that allowed to do this but I couldn't find one for windows 8.

Is there a way to achieve this?
Thanks.

Answer:Icon order in windows explorer navigation pane

If you can find Favorites & replace it, you can put shortcuts to what you want in it by dragging & dropping them.(In the order you want them)

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Hi,

I have used the tutorial on this site to add my Computer to the nav pane as I am a school Admin and need it for the mapped drives and not libraries. Its added fine and deleted what I wanted but when i open up my computer or their homefolder its expanding the nav pane the full width of the screen with a slim bit at the right for the folders. I can't seem to reset this as everytime I reboot it goes back to how it looked before.

Anyone had this or has a solution to fix it? I have tried a few things including the resetshell file on this site.. and I found a shell32.dll which moved it to the right but my computer still covers all the nav pane.

If that can't help then I may need to disabel the nav pane altogether but I can't find that either as GP doesn't have any obvious solutions.

Answer:Windows Explorer opens Nav Pane full width

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Have you tried dragging the edge to the left when you get the double arrow? Look at screenshot below it does not show the double arrow for some reason the screenshots will not pick it up but you should get one there.
If you have tried that already do Option 2 of this tutorial SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker it will not harm any data or programs you have installed it will try to find and repair any corrupt system files that you have.

If you wish to turn off the navigation pane look at this tutorial Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off

Jerry

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Hello,

I run Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
In the navigation pane in Windows Explorer, there's a shortcut to the default "Downloads" folder.

I would like to make this all caps, in other words, rename it to "DOWNLOADS".

A simple request, but Windows refuses to do it.
How can I force this change via registry?
Thank you,

Dan

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Hi Experts

After upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, once I'm opening the Windows Explorer the left pane display it's content with delay.
This is also happening when I try to save something and browsing to were to save, folders displayed with delay.
See the video in the below link.
Any help will be appreciated!
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...20display1.mp4

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My problem is how the left window reacts when I select a folder.

If I have a long list of folders in the left window and I click on the small arrow to the left of a folder, it is supposed to show the list of sub-folders that are in the selected folder.

It does but here is my problem. Lets say the folder that I select is in the middle of the left window. When I click on the small arrow, Windows Explorer shifts the folder list down so that the selected folder is near the bottom of the window. Generally I can only see one of the sub-folders. And then I have to use the slider to move the selected folder up so I can see more than one sub-folder.

I wish it would leave the folder where it was and show as many sub-folders as possible underneath the selected folder. I hope this explanation makes sense.

Answer:The Navigation Pane on the left side of Windows Explorer

I tried it on my Computer and the on clicking the arrow it moves up as it should instead of going down. Please try out the following steps to correct the problem.

1. Restore the folder to default as follows and check if that helped:

a. Open windows explorer
b. Click on Organize
c. Select folder and search option from the list
d. Select General tab, and select “Restore Default”

2. Run an online scanner to check any malware or virus activity. The link that will help you to run a free scan on the computer is Windows Live OneCare

3. If the above steps do not help then run the SFC (System File Checker) scan on the computer to fix the system file errors on the computer. To run SFC scan, follow the steps below:

a. Click Start ,
b. Click All Programs ,
c. Click Accessories , right-click Command Prompt ,
d. And then click Run as administrator.
e. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow or Continue.
f. At the prompt, type sfc /scannow and hit enter. Once the scan is complete, restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Please tell if this was of any use.

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I was wondering how Windows determines what gets displayed in the navigation pane?

I saw this:
This PC in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Drives in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

But that is just for the PC.

At work, I got the Quick access, Dropbox, OneDrive, This PC, and Network.

Co-Workers computer got all that, and a shortcut to his D Drive. (I didn't).

At home, I got same as my co-worker, with the D drive shortcut (and ignoring my 4 other hard drives)

These are not removable drives, these are regular fixed drives. (At work, C is SSD, D is a mechanical drive), at home, C/D are my SSD, the other 3 are mechanical drives), all plugged into the motherboard.

I know according to the tutorial above, it looks like I can add all my hard drives to the navigation pane, but is there a way to add only certain drives?

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I have a situation where when using Windows Explorer the left pane that usually contains you main hierarchy is Gray and blank. I have looked at everything thoroughly and cannot figure out how it happened or how to get the information back. If I click on the folder button on the tool bar the whole pane will close and click again and the pane appears but is empty. Has anyone run into this issue using Windows 2000. I did some looking in Microsoft knowledge base but they were talking about Win98 and not Windows 2000 and they were talking about Internet explorer and this is happening in Windows Explorer any help with this would be much appreciated.
Techi
 

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I am very new to the PC world, trying to find my way around and running XP. During this learning process I somehow lost the Windows Explorer Default Pane to the Left of the window (it used to show System Tasks/Other Places/Details in separate panels).I can still get Search and Folders by pressing the buttons in the tool bar but when both are de-selected I only have a large window with no sign of the original panel.Please can someone tell me if it is possible to recover this information as I found it very helpful. If so can you also tell me how to do it in simple terms.Many thanks.

Answer:Windows Explorer - Left Hand Default Pane

Open any Explorer window, select Tools from the top of the window, select Folder Options. Under the first heading (Tasks) make sure "Show Common Tasks In Folders" is selected, if not left click it. Click OK.

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When I open a folder using the tree in the left pane the position of the selected folder change.
It's like the layout of the tree pane is not working fine.
Maybe they autoscroll in order to display all the child's folders but I don't like this.
When the folder i want to open is in the middle of the pane (vertically)
it moves often to the bottom and i can't even see the child's folder, and some time it move the opened folder to the top of the pane

I just would like to have the thing working as it's in XP. When we open a folder, this one don't move and the children appears under this one.

Do you understand the issue?

Answer:bad scroll on folder tree pane (in windows explorer)

Yes, this is one of those "WTF were they thinking" mistakes in the W7 file explorer

I can't understand why in the world they would scroll the left pane DOWN to hide exactly the very thing you are trying to look at :/ It should scroll up to either the top (if the child folder list is long) or up just far enough to show the entire child folder list.

I do not know of any way to fix it, it's a built in behavior of explorer which would have to be fixed by MS themselves...

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Hello,

I just noticed Win Explorer does not refresh the right pane as I navigate up/down a list of folders via arrow keys in the left pane. It used to make rapid visual read of folder contents possible. Can that feature be switched back on?

I've seen this reported elsewhere few years ago but I cannot find it on this site.

Answer:Windows Explorer right pane does not match left folder

Hello Nick,

Do you mean to have the navigation pane automatically expand to the current folder?

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder

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Hi Experts

After upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, once I'm opening the Windows Explorer the left pane display it's content with delay.
This is also happening when I try to save something and browsing to were to save, folders displayed with delay.
See the video in the below link.
Any help will be appreciated!
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...20display1.mp4

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I was wondering how Windows determines what gets displayed in the navigation pane?

I saw this:
This PC in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Drives in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

But that is just for the PC.

At work, I got the Quick access, Dropbox, OneDrive, This PC, and Network.

Co-Workers computer got all that, and a shortcut to his D Drive. (I didn't).

At home, I got same as my co-worker, with the D drive shortcut (and ignoring my 4 other hard drives)

These are not removable drives, these are regular fixed drives. (At work, C is SSD, D is a mechanical drive), at home, C/D are my SSD, the other 3 are mechanical drives), all plugged into the motherboard.

I know according to the tutorial above, it looks like I can add all my hard drives to the navigation pane, but is there a way to add only certain drives?

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Yes, so navigating long lists of files and folders, we can scroll up and down which ever pane has focus. But it annoys the sh!t out of me when you need to scroll the navigation pane too. Surely it can be configured to scroll whatever the mouse is hovering over rather than having to be in focus as well. Any one got tips to alter this behaviour?

Answer:Can I scroll pane hovering over in Windows Explorer without focus?

You can try WizMouse

I haven't used it but it do says that it can scroll windows under
the mouse without having to click.

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Hello,

I just noticed Win Explorer does not refresh the right pane as I navigate up/down a list of folders via arrow keys in the left pane. It used to make rapid visual read of folder contents possible. Can that feature be switched back on?

I've seen this reported elsewhere few years ago but I cannot find it on this site.

Answer:Windows Explorer right pane does not match left folder

Not sure if that's possible. Use the up or down button until you have highlighted the one you want. Then press Enter or Space to update the pane to the right. You use the left and right buttons to collapse/expand sub folders.

I find Space the best and fastest option since you use both hands. One to navigate and the other to refresh the right pane.

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I was wondering how Windows determines what gets displayed in the navigation pane?

I saw this:
This PC in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Drives in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

But that is just for the PC.

At work, I got the Quick access, Dropbox, OneDrive, This PC, and Network.

Co-Workers computer got all that, and a shortcut to his D Drive. (I didn't).

At home, I got same as my co-worker, with the D drive shortcut (and ignoring my 4 other hard drives)

These are not removable drives, these are regular fixed drives. (At work, C is SSD, D is a mechanical drive), at home, C/D are my SSD, the other 3 are mechanical drives), all plugged into the motherboard.

I know according to the tutorial above, it looks like I can add all my hard drives to the navigation pane, but is there a way to add only certain drives?

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I want to make some specific changes to the default Preview Details string for picture files in Windows Explorer. I have found an excellent write-up on how to edit that string using regedit, but the author was only interested in the specific around music. In the attached picture, I show the file properties/attributes that I am interested in placing in the Detail Pane. The current edited string is shown below.


prop:System.Photo.DateTaken;System.Keywords;System.Title;System.Subject;
*System.Photo.PeopleNames;*System.Contact.Location;*System.Contact.StateOrProvince;
*System.Contact.Country;System.Comment;*System.DateCreated;*System.DateModified;
*System.SharedWith

As you can see, some work, others don't. Is there a comprehensive list of these properties and their syntax in the form
(*)System.xxxx.yyy
that one can refer to when modifying the string?

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If the mouse pointer is on the left pane, a right click causes windows explorer restart. Otherwise, no problem.

Answer:right click on left pane causes windows explorer restart

Left pane of what?

Do a full scan with Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software and SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads, followed by SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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I know that the solution to this was in a recent edition of PC Advisor, but after applying it I tore the page out, gave it away and now it's gone!On my desktop I have a shortcut to a folder on my network. When I double-click on the shortcut I would like the folder to open in windows explorer, but with the folders pane already pre-selected on the left, rather than having to select it from the button at the top of the window.Can anyone remember how to do this, or can some kind soul look it up from the recent PC Advisor in which the solution appeared?Many thanks,Stuart Reid

Answer:Explorer windows to open showing folders pane

I don't know if it is the same with a network shortcut, but with Windows Explorer itself, this is achieved by adding /e to the shortcut path to give:%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /eIt then opens with "C" drive expanded in the left pane, instead of the blue "System Tasks".

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How can I remove the circled Icons? as in blank them to make the pane look cleaner?

Answer:Remove icons in windows explorer navigation pane

Hello Marcus, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you do not want anything in the Navigation Pane, you could just turn off the Navigation Pane instead to not have it there. It's pretty much useless without anything in it anyways.

Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a problem where the left pane of the windows explorer bar is greyed out and it shows nothing. The right pane however works fine.

I have seen the article in relation to how to fix this problem on a Windows 95 and 98 machine but not a Windows 2000 machine as the registry key mentioned does not exist in Win2k.

Any idea anyone ?
 

Answer:Windows Explorer left pane not showing for Windows 2000 machine

Hi Jeeviz....See if this site is any help http://searchsystemsmanagement.techtarget.com/ateQuestionNResponse/0,289625,sid20_cid461699_tax287574,00.html
 

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This has stumped me so good I actually signed up to a forum... Hey guys..

Long story short.. "Show Libraries" refuses to work in File Explorer

I've done this.. And it doesn't do anything. It doesn't even leave a check or anything.

I've done this.. And while it leaves a check showing it's "working".. It still isn't showing my libraries

I've also done this.. It checks, I hit apply, ok to close the box and nope.. If I re-open the folder options again the box is unchecked.

The only way in File Explorer I can get it to show my libraries is use "Show All Folders".. Which I don't want to do.

The strangest part is.. In the OPEN Dialog (the dialog that opens if you want to browse files to upload to say, imgur).. It works as it should..

I've done a sfc /scannow and it comes out clean.. I have no idea how File Explorer got so corrupt. Windows updates are all current, etc..

Answer:Windows 8.1 File Explorer pane broken library view

Hello Styckx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Using Option Four in the tutorial below to add Libraries to the navigation pane may be able to sort this for you.

Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

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I use windows explorer a lot and I always use the left side navigation pain/tree view. The problem I have, first started after I switched from XP to Vista. When I click on the little red triangle, the folder should open, revealing the folders within like a drop down menu does. The parent folder does reveal the contents, but it jumps all the way down to the bottom of the explorer window concealing the contents of the parent folder, then I have to scroll up to see the folders within. Win XP never does this. What is really irritating is that the problem is intermittent. 50% of the time it works fine, the other half, the parent folder drops down to the bottom concealing the folder contents. I have three desktops in my home, two with W732, one with WXP32 and a laptop with W764, all have the same issue except for the one with XP. At first I was thinking that it was a bug specific to Vista and since Win 7 was due to be released soon after Vista, I dealt with it until I upgraded to Win 7. Unfortunately, Win 7 32/64bit also continued to have the same problem. This was really becoming a pain in the (you know what). If anyone has had the same frustrating problem, and found a solution they would like to share, or if someone has some input, it would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Baron

Answer:Windows Explorer: Tree View/Navigation Pane problem

I saw that too. It's a bug in Windows explorer. Researching a little on how to fix it, found that it has been reported to MS numerous times and they do NOT plan to fix it.

The only workaround I know of is installing a program called "Classic shell" (Welcome to Classic Shell). It adds a lot of options in Windows Explorer to customize and make it similar to WinXP, and even has a complete replacement for the start menu to look like previous versions.
The important part is, it includes an option to fix that bug among its customization options. I'm using it and so far it never annoyed me with that bug anymore.

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Greetings,

First of all, I'm a complete noob at customizing, so please bear with me.

I've been searching for a way to change the Windows Explorer navigation (folder) pane background colour, the panel that (by default) can be found on the left and shows things like Favourites, Libraries etc. The default colour is white, and lately it has started to hurt my eyes more and faster than it did before. That's why I would like to change it to grey.
I've 'already' managed to do this for the reading pane by editing the shellstyle.dll file (C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero\Shell\NormalColor), but I cannot find any information on how to do this for the navigation pane. That is, I found some topics but most of the time the answers point towards downloading/buying a program that can do it, or needing to send some files to a helpful person who can change it him/herself, and by doing so probably avoid a lot of explaining, which of course I can understand. However, I would like to do this myself so that in the future I'll no longer have to rely on someone else to change that colour. Furthermore, I'm not interested in any other scheme than the standard Aero (yet...) so I would like to do this without downloading/buying any program (which I'll most likely never use again after I changed that one colour - but you never know, of course).

So, where can I find the code for the background colour? Can it be found in the shellstyle.dll file as well? Do I need to look somewhere else? It doesn... Read more

Answer:Windows Explorer navigation pane background colour changing

Hi.
You may want to try this: http://www.sevenforums.com/customiza...nd-change.html
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(Later edit)
It worked nicely for me, though I had to install UxStyle ( http://uxstyle.com/ ).

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Hi since installing a program "page plus x9" windows explorer will no longer preview .spp files
(photo plus picture file, which it did before, & dose on computers I have that don't have this program,Ive called the program co "Serif" they say the program has nothing to do w/ the problem ?? the present default program to open SPP files is photo plus. Ive tried recovering the comp. back to befor the x9 program was installed,w/no improvement
 

Answer:windows explorer 7 file preview pane won't show spp files

Do you also have Photo Plus installed?
If so you may need to reassociate the spp file type back to Photo Plus
 

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Hi to all, I'm sure a lot of people are annoyed with the same bug...it apprently happens on all Windows 7 editions. When you open explorer, and activate the preview pane using the button on the uper right, you can define the size like any pane by clicking and draging the vertical border line. But when you close explorer and open it again, the size is not kept, and the preview pane is very big, you have to click and drag everytime to resize it. It doesn't happen if you double-click on computer, it only happens when you click on explorer icon which opens the libraries location, the default location (i'm not completly sure but i've only seen that in this way). It seems that Explorer doesn't read correctly the REG_BINARY of "ReadingPaneSizer " (or maybe the values "PageSpaceControlSizer " or "PreviewPaneSizer ") in the key "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer " when it opens, but it writes it apparently correctly when you manual resize the pane, and the value isn't change before manual action, even when explorer opens and display preview pane in a different size. And the last thing, when you open explorer, activate preview pane, resize preview pane, deactivate it, close explorer, open explorer again, activate preview pane, the size is the good one, preserved from previous explorer window... So question is, does someone know a way to fix this *really* annonying bug? I can't activate the pr... Read more

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EVERY TIME
I get the message Windows Explorer has Stopped Working ... Looking for a Solution ... will notify you if a solution is available.

Any ideas
 

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post here. I just got a Dell XPS 8300 with Windows Professional 64-bit. So far, most everything seems to be working normally. However, in Windows Explorer (which I use a lot), the left-side Navigation Pane is getting all screwed up visually when I scroll.

As an aside, I would really like to turn off smooth scrolling in Windows Explorer, but can't figure out how to do it. I have "smooth-scroll list boxes" unchecked, but it doesn't seem to help. I can get TweakUI for XP to run in compatibility mode either (someone on another forum was able to use that to disable smooth scrolling). I wonder if the animated smooth scrolling is causing the problem.

Different types of scrolling cause different degrees of the problem, but it happens nearly all the time. Hitting F5 will clean up the screen, but I would rather figure out what's causing the screen repaint problems.

I've attached a screenshot of what's happening.

I've done many searches (on this forum and other places) and not seen much, if any, people talking about this.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Chris

Answer:Windows explorer Navigation pane graphics corrupted when scrolling

Smooth scrolling on/off:
Turn off Smooth Scrolling






Quote:
Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, click Switch to Classic View in the left pane of Control Panel.
Click Internet Options to open the Internet Options dialog box. Click the Advanced tab and scroll down to the Settings: Browsing heading. Select or clear the Use smooth scrolling check box.
Click OK, and then click the Close button.

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Hi,

I read the tutorial about Libraries, which doesn't cover my question. I do not use the Documents, Music, Pictures, or Videos folders and I 'd like to get them off the navigation pane, is there a way to do that?

Answer:Remove/Hide folders in navigation pane in Windows Explorer

Hello rboppy,

You might see if the tutorial below to remove "Folders" from This PC and the navigation pane may be what you're after.

This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10

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Here's a simple question that probably doesn't have an easy answer.

The Navigation Pane on the left side of Windows Explorer has six major categories from top to bottom as follows: Favorites, SkyDrive, Home Group, This PC, Libraries and Network. When I open Windows Explorer, the cursor is positioned on the Library Category. I would prefer the default cursor position to be on Favorites. I assume that there is no easy way to make this change, at least without editing the Registry somewhere.

Answer:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Cursor Position on Open

That's peculiar, my cursor doesn't default to the navigation pane.
When I'm showing Libraries in the navigation pane and open File Explorer from the taskbar, Libraries is highlighted. When I don't show Libraries, This PC is highlighted.
I guess you could pin Favorites to the Start Menu and launch it from there.
Just a thought.

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When Windows Explorer is open, if I right-click on anything in the left-pane, Explorer crashes and re-starts.

I've googled, and tried using NirSoft's ShellFix, disabled the most common issues googling resulted in:
#1 Remove Nvidia context-menu and for desktop right-click.
#2 Remove Spybot Search & Destroy context-menu.
#3 Remove Nvidia "nvshext.dll" (not found after using ShellFix)

None of these resulted in a fix at all. I've tried booting in safe mode, the same problem exists. I can right-click on file and folders in the right pane of Explorer, but right-clicking in the left pane, whether folder or drive. Explorer still crashes.

I found a Microsoft page regarding a similar issue, and to be on the safe side, I tried that. Still doing the same thing.

This is really driving me crazy, since I use portable backup drives to re-install my games onto the system but it's pretty hard to drag and drop when you can't have a second Explorer pane open.

Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Explorer crash on Windows 10 Home when right-clicking in left pane.

Hello, in ShellexView, Have you also explored 32 bit options (see Options, Show 32-bit...). This reveals more.

You might learn more by inspecting the event log or Reliability History (just type 'reli' into the cortana search bar)

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today i noticed that my xp windows explorer performs a faint color highlight of the 'name' column for hard drive folders and the 'date modified' column for flash drive folder columns. Can these colors be set? reset? changed? eliminated?

Answer:windows explorer color highlighting of right hand pane cols

Are they blue? If so it means they are compressed folders.

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This one is getting really annoying. I have noticed that sometimes when using Windows Explorer, if I rename a folder, the right hand pane shows the correct (new) folder name, but the left hand pane still displays the old folder name.

As a matter of fact, even if I right click on the folder name on the left hand pane, and choose "Rename", and then rename it there, when I hit Enter to save the name change, the folder name on the left (that was just highlighted and changed) will revert back to the original name....but the name in the right hand pane will show the change.

For some reason, it just doesn't seem to want to update the view in the left hand pane. And then, to top it off, after some undetermined amount of time, the left hand pane will "refresh" to show the new folder name, but it will STILL show the old folder in the list as well. If I right-click the parent folder and choose "Open in New Window", the view is correct, but the original window still shows the old folder names.

This may only happen after my Explorer windows (I usually have 4 or 5 up) have been open for a long time, as I tried to reproduce with new windows and the behavior is normal (left hand pane updates view immediately).

I've reported it already, but just curious if anyone else has experienced this odd behavior.

Answer:Windows Explorer left-pane not showing changes to folder names

Hi CorrsFan

I think this is just a part of it being a Beta still. I have tried to delete the HomeGroup section, and while it goes for awhile as soon as it refreshes it's back. Just like some sections of the Registry is locked out and some permissions can't be changed, these things will all be sorted out by RC1. Renaming any system item is locked down in the registry and Left (Navigation) Pane items seem to be a part of this lockout.

Make sure to send MS Feedback on this so they know what works and doesn't.

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I am running Win 2K professional (SP1 and 2 installe) and IE 6. Recently I had to reinstall everything and since then my Windows Explorer left pane which lists the folders is empty.

If I click on the search icon, it shows the search windows. If I now click on the folders icon, it continues to show the search icon.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Windows Explorer Folders (left) pane is blank (grey)

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Hello,
In our environment we have disabled Network Discovery from Windows so that users will not be able to see other machines on the domain.
However the 'Network' icon still shows in the left hand pane of Windows Explorer and clicking on it warns the user that Network Discovery is disabled, however this means Active Directory tab is still accessible from Windows Explorer.
Is there any way the Network icon can be removed from the left pane of Windows Explorer?Lee Bowman MCITP MCTS

Answer:Remove Network icon from Windows Explorer side pane

Hi Lee,
 
Please change the registry
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\ShellFolder\Attributes from
b0040064 to b0940064. It will remove “Network” icon from Windows Explorer and not cause any network problem.

 
Before modify the registry keys, please
take a backup of the key.
For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, please click the following link to view the article:

 
Back up the registry
 
Regards,
 
Sabrina

 
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it is really annoying to have to scroll way up in navigation pane to top (quick access items). I wish we could set some or all the items that are expanded to be collapsed when opening an explorer window.

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Hello, I have a friend who is starting to lose his sight, and is having trouble reading the text on the sidebar in Windows Explorer. Is there any way to increase the font displayed, other than decreasing the resolution?

Here is what I am referring to




Thanks!


-nka

Answer:Increase font size Windows Explorer Folder Task pane

Have you thought about increasing font size globally? Right click anywhere on the desktop, pick properties, then go to the appearances tab. For font size pick large or extra-large. You may have to reboot.
Also you can use the magnifier tool in Windows to see parts of the screen. Go to start, program, accessories, accessiblity, magnifier. If your friend ends up using it often, go to that same spot in the start menu, right click on magnifier and pick copy. Then go to the desktop, right click, and pick paste.

P.S: Just a technicality: your screenshot shows the "common tasks bar" aka "places bar". The "Windows sidebar" is actually a feature in Windows Vista, which you can see here http://tech2.in.com/media/images/img...ta_sidebar.jpg (it's on the right; it's transparent, so you can't see it, but it's definitely a bar).

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How can I make Windows Explorer show folders in the left pane automatically every time I run it?
 

Answer:How can I make Windows Explorer show folders in the left pane automatically every tim

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Hello. I'm using Windows 7 Home Pro. 64-bit, and Firefox browser. When I want to save an image from the Internet, and right click on an image, it opens up what looks just like Windows Explorer. The problem is, the 'preview pane' button is missing, and I can therefore not get a large preview when using the details view, which I must use, because I have folders with many files to look through quickly. The images do show up properly in icons view. If I open up Windows Explorer by itself, it works properly, and I get the preview pane button.

I saw a similar thread, and it recommended making sure Windows Photo Viewer, is set as the default program. I set it to be the default, but it didn't help.

On my older Windows XP computer, I had xplorer2lite open up when right-clicking on an image. That was a more convenient program for me to use. Is it possible to do that in Windows 7?

Also, is to possible to get the panes in Windows Explorer to 'hold' their position.

Thank you.

Answer:‘preview pane’ button missing in Windows Explorer for ‘save image as'

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I'd try another browser to confirm it's not browser or a website site issue.

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Dear All:

I have been experiencing an annoying issue in Windows (Windows Ultimate 64 bits, Home premium 64 bits and Windows 8 Pro 64 bits) min

After working well for a few minutes, the windows explorer freezes upon launch, only displaying the "favorites", "libraries" and "homegroup" icons in the left pane. The elements in the mentioned icons cannot be accessed and sometimes they have a magnifying glass on them and the icons on the desktop are blank.

Also, Control Panel windows is often empty after this error takes place.

This issue often, but not necessarily, comes about when i try to check the properties of a file, with windows explorer freezing immediately.

I have reinstalled Windows 7 twice to no avail.

Anyone has ideas on how to fix this? It's rendering my two laptops unusable.
Highly appreciate any useful advice.

Thank you,
Madasco

Answer:Windows Explorer not working: left pane freezes and can't browse files

Have you tried running sfc /scannow? When you say you have re installed Windows twice did you do a clean installing by following this tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Not sure if this is due to my hardware or some setting in Windows 7. I have Win 7 Pro x64 on a Sony Vaio ZPCZ11. Using the MS Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 7000. In the file view of Windows File Explorer, if I click in the space and wheel scroll, everything works fine and the scrolling is smooth. But when I click in the Navigation Pane (Folder List) and try the same thing, it wants to scroll an entire page at a time. I cannot get the smooth mouse scrolling to work in this Pane! Any ideas how to fix this?

Answer:Cannot enable smooth mouse scroll in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Well, if anyone cares, it appears that my scroll rate was set too high...even though it works well in certain apps and areas, it just goes too far in Windows Explorer. Set to a lower rate, it scrolls in the Nav Pane normally.

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After uninstalling MS Works and Office 2007 trial versions from a new computer, I installed the Office 2010 beta.
Now the Win 7 Explorer and Office preview panes do not work for doc or docx files or any other Office extentions, xls...etc. The preview pane in Explorer says "No preview available." In Office the Preview pane says "The file can't be previewed because of an error in the Microsoft Word (or Excel or..) previewer."
Zips, jpg, and txt files are fine in Explorer.
Is there a registry fix I can try to fix this?
Thank you.

Answer:Windows 7 Explorer preview pane unable to display office extension files

Did you install 2010 logged in on an administrator account? If not log in as an admin and rerun setup.
If you did run as an administrator use the Control Panel >> All Control Panel Items >> Default Programs option to set the file associations.
Good luck.

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I have a white pane covering my desktop icons and cannot get rid of it. It is a html fill that is showing this. Any help out there?
 

Answer:Solved: Windows XP has white pane on desktop

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I once knew how to shut down the Preview Pane in Windows Mail, but I've suffered a total black-out.
Can anyone help - please?
 

Answer:Solved: How do I Kill Preview Pane - Windows Mail

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I have Windows XP. When I open Windows Explorer the left "all Folders" pane is gray and does not display anything. I have tried the Microsoft site and all they have is a solution for Win98. I did install SP1 about a week ago and don't know if this may be the problem. Please Help!!!!!
 

Answer:[Resolved] Windows Explorer"All Folders" pane is blank (Gray)

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I click on the "+" beside the icon of a drive or folder near the bottom of the left pane of my Windows 7 Explorer. If the list of sub folders that opens is longer than the distance to the bottom of the pane, the lower icons become hidden. Those subfolders extend "below" the pane -- out of view. I want the contents of the pane to shift upward so that all the sub folders of interest are visible -- like on my XP computer and my win98 computer?

Is there a way that I can fix this?

Answer:Windows 7 Explorer -- Change how "+" displays folders in the left pane

Hello Stan,

It sounds like you want to turn on the Automatically expand to current folder option for this.

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a Windows 7 Ultimate dual booting with Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Dell XPS 410. When I bring up Windows Explorer on the Desktop app, I would like to add several folders to the "Favorites" section of the navigation pane on the left side of the window, as I have done in Windows 7. However, I don't seem to be able to do it. I have tried dragging the folder in the right pane onto the Favorites link, as I do in Windows 7, but nothing happens; the folder is not added to the list (which, by the way, is empty.) I have also tried navigating to the folder I want to add to Favorites and then right clicking the Favorites link and selecting the option from the context menu of "add current location to favorites", but again nothing happens.

On the off chance that it might be a corrupted system file, I just finished doing a System File Checker with the SCANNOW option, but no problem was detected by SFC.

I wonder if this is a bug in the Consumer Preview? Has anybody else encountered this problem? I also would like suggestions for what else to try to correct the problem, if it seems to be a problem with my system but nobody else's...

Answer:Cannot add a folder to Windows Explorer "Favorites" in navigation pane

Originally Posted by LeeTutor


I have tried dragging the folder in the right pane onto the Favorites link, as I do in Windows 7, but nothing happens; the folder is not added to the list



Here it works all fine - like in Windows 7







Originally Posted by LeeTutor


the folder is not added to the list (which, by the way, is empty.)



My favorites folder is not empty - contains the default links to "Desktop" and "Downloads".

So I think something is wrong with your installation.
 

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A fairly simple question:

Has anyone tried to (or found a third party app) that can put the details pane back to the bottom of the File Explorer windows, like it was in 7. It was of great use to me when reading tags and other information. In 8, it just takes needless width space from the windows.

Answer:Explorer's Details Pane

Shell32.dll but modifyng it crashes windows 8 (at least in CP/RP), havent tried in RTM yet.

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