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    WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Help!

    I've just started using WinXP, and may not be getting this right, but I can't get Windows Explorer to retain the formatting I give it. That is, window size, right side headings, and column spacing. I make the adjustments I want, click on Tools/Folder Options/View, press the button "Apply To All Folders", click on OK, and find that Windows pays no attention to what I did the next time I open Windows Explorer, whether or not I have first closed the window I adjusted before opening another. Similarly, any desktop folder I open reverts to Microsoft's idea of what I want, rather than the window folder style I previously resized and rearranged.

    I can also complain that WinXP lost a rather handy feature of Windows Explorer in Win98, which was the ability to right click on a file and be able to select "Send To..." and move or copy the file to another folder on any one of my hard drives. This feature in WinXP is now demonically limited to sending files to every other device but my hard drives.

    Another annoying feature which was unwisely carried over from Win98 is the need, in Windows Explorer, to go up to the menu to select File/New... in order to create a new directory. This is most inconvenient most of the time, and would be more efficiently accomplished with the same feature on a right-clicked menu.

    Other than that and a few other minor glitches and apparent stupidities which I shall eventually dribble out to you for guidance, I think WinXP is a vast improvement over Win98SE, particularly in the management of resources which gave me many headaches and frequent reboots with Win98SE. But, with Win98, I did get to spend many tedious hours on the phone with MS techs in New Delhi and Nova Scotia, enough to feel I had flown there roundtrip in with the baggage.

    Any advice will be most appreciated.

    Bob

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    I just did a little playing and I am not having the same trouble at all. How are you accessing Windows Explorer? Also, did you do a clean install or did you upgrade on top of Windows 98? Are you having any other system problems?

    kip

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)
    I usually open Windows Explorer from an icon on the Quick Launch toolbar on my taskbar. The shortcut for this icon (Properties/Shortcut) is identical with the shortcut (Properties/Shortcut) I get by right-clicking on the Windows Explorer icon reached with Start/All Programs/Accessories.

    However, after getting your reply, I was moved to see what would happen if I repeated my resizing/rearranging procedure with Windows Explorer when it was produced from Start/All Programs/Accessories. Having done that, I'm surprised that new instances of Windows Explorer -- whether from the taskbar icon or the Start menu -- now retain the new formatting. This may have solved my problem, but it makes no sense whatsoever.

    I don't seem to be having any other system problems. I was having enormous difficulties running Win98 without a need for frequent reboots due to resources dwindling rapidly, and resultant frequent crashes and lockups. I was afraid to install WinXP for months until I figured out what was going on, ultimately giving up and switching to XP anyway despite having to reinstall all my software. In retrospect, after about five or six days of smooth running, it seems to have been worth the trouble.

    FYI, my WinXP installation is a clean one from XP Pro upgrade, which only referenced my Win98 CD to verify prior ownership.

    Thanks for helping me get a result here, even though it's a mysterious one.

    Bob

    P.S.: I was about to post this message when I thought I should do a little experimenting first. So, I opened a desktop folder via a desktop icon, only to discover that folder window was not the same size and shape as the Windows Explorer window I had just changed and made the new standard. Then, I resized the desktop folder window to approximate what I had done with the Windows Explorer window, went through the Tools/Folder Options/View procedure again to make that the default for all windows, and closed out of the desktop folder window. But, when I called up the Windows Explorer window, it had reverted to the default sizing. Then, after doing the whole procedure all over again for the Windows Explorer window, the desktop folder window reverted to the default. It doesn't matter what window gets resized and made the model for all other folders, all other folders revert to the default. Sort of like, push here and it bulges there, push there and it bulges here. Nothing like Microsoft

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Thanks, SMBP, for all the info on the "Send To" feature (already set up what I lamented as not being available, thanks to you), and the other features and links. However, as you can see from my reply to kip, it appears I've still got some gremlins at work with the global resizing of folder windows.

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Fifty--

    I'll have to look at those and tackle those later today. But as to the right click context, there is also a regedit to either remove items from the RCC menu or to add them. Of course, set a system restore point, and also export the registry subfolder by right clicking on it and export the selected branch option for each of the subfolders:

    CopyTo/MoveTo registry tweak to add to the right click button:

    To add Copy to... and Move to... context menu options

    start > run > regedit and then create the following registry keys ( i just renamed the winzip key which i dont need in the right click menue and changed it to "copy to" and then added the value)

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellexContextMenuHandle rsCopy To
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellexContextMenuHandle rsMove To
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellexContextMenuHandlersCopy To
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellexContextMenuHandlersMove To

    For the Copy To's set the default value to {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and for the Move To's set the default value to {C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

    Now when you right click on a file or folder, above the send to option are two new options: Copy to Folder and Move to Folder
    You can copy or move files or directories to other folders with

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Fifty50--BTW are you any relation to 50 cent?

    Please take a good look at the links and KB's because I have solutions for much of what you mentioned in your first post, and more than one way to do several of the tasks. They are going to take a while to read. I don't think you've been able to get through them all yet.

    Getting your explorer settings to Freeze the Size and Shape:

    Start>run>regedit>navigate to this key and export it.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesExplorer

    With Explorer selected in the left pane, look for the icon labeled NoSaveSettings on the right. (Not there? No problem. Just right-click in the right pane and choose New, DWORD Value. Type NoSaveSettings to name it, and press Enter.) When you're done, double-click your NoSaveSettings icon to edit its setting. In the 'Value data' box, type 1 and press Enter. You may have to log off and log back on again before the setting will take effect. Thereafter, each time you log on and open Explorer or any folder window, it and the taskbar will return to the size and position you froze them in, even if you rearranged or resized them during your previous Windows session.

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Hi Bob--

    You can whip XP into shape, control the Explorer columns, set them like you want and make them stick. You can change them from annoyances to making them roll over and do what you want.

    Tweaking the XP Explorer Send To Menu and Adding Destinations to the Rt. Click Context Menu

    In Win NT, you could add destinations to the send to list by placing the shortcut in
    %system root%ProfilesusernameSendTo. Some books and discussions say location for this list changes in 2000/XP and that the new location is in this folder:
    Cocuments and SettingsusernameSendTo

    Either folder should work. The only exceptions are the Send to items that represent removable media like a floppy or a CD-drive. You can add any shortcuts you want to this folder, and they'll appear on the "Send To" menu. You could add a shortcut for a target folder, drive, or network drive that you use frequently.

    You can create shortcuts for anything you use in Windows XP, and you can populate the send to folder with any number of destinations--printers, recycle bin, or executable files for sending documents to open in that program. To add the destination, right click and drag the resource, say a printer entry from Control Panel or an application's executable entry from Windows Explorer and then drop the resource in one of the two above named folders, selecting "Create Shortcuts here" from the shortcut menu.

    Any shortcut you place in this folder (for instance a shortcut to Notepad) will appear in the Send To menu for the user username. You can even place shortcuts to other folders, so that you can right-click a file and send a copy to another folder. Since Send To folder is hidden you may have to adjust your folder view settings to show hidden or system files. it can be kind of a pain to customize, because you have to open Windows Explorer (or My Computer) and navigate to the Send To folder and then copy or create a new shortcut in that folder so that it will appear on the list from now on. So what you do is place a shortcut to the Send To folder in the Send To folder. Now if you want to add an item to the Send To menu, all you need to do is right-click it, and send it there using the Send To menu! One example of a great use for Send To, is to put a shortcut to regsvr32.exe. Then to register a DLL, all you need to do is right-click it and send it to regsvr32.exe.

    Add A Destination to the Send To Menu
    <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.contextmagic.com/">Context Magic v. 1.0b1(Free Edition) <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>
    310270: How To Add Items to the Send To Menu in Windows XP
    Win XP: Creating a Short Cut
    Creating a Shortcut to a Folder from Woody's Windows XP 24 March 2003 V. 3 No. 10

    Customizing Views in Windows Explorer and Making them Stick

    Customize the Views in Windows Explorer
    Generate a File Listing From Windows Explorer Context Menu
    310297: How To Change Column Settings in Windows Explorer
    307856: How To Customize the Windows Explorer Views in Windows XP
    307116: The View Setting of the Current Selected Folder is not Applied to Another Open Folder
    307028: The Folders Bar in Windows Explorer Doesn't Contain Any Icons
    Switches for Different Looks When Explorer Started

    Bonus Tip: Dragging and Dropping Files from Windows Explorer

    If you want to drag a file from Explorer and drop it on a window you can't see because other windows or on top of it, first hover the mouse over that window's button on the taskbar, and XP will bring that window to the forground in a few seconds, and then drop the file on the window.

    If you want to drag a file from Explorer and drop it on the desktop to make a shortcut, and all the real estate on the desktop is covered, first hover the mouse over an empty area of the taskbar and then XP will minimize all open windows exposing the desktop and you can either drop it on the desktop or on an application icon instead of the taskbar.

    Also see this--it's one of my favorite features:

    XP Thread: Show in Groups XP: Great Feature to Use 14 July 03

    Hope this helps,

    SMBP

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    Bob--

    Read over your posts and it seems that you have the right click context situation under control, but when you set up the Explorer view that you want on opening, and you have a number of choices there, that it wasn't being retrained. I put up a way to retain it with a regedit, and wondered if you still are having problems retaining settings when you close, and/orhave any other issues with Explorer and will be glad to try to get you solutions.

    SMBP

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    SMBP,

    (Any relation to SMTP?) I've read your posts, and thank you for heading me in the right direction, but I need to find the time to put them into effect, and don't want to rush through editing my registry. I'll probably get to them tomorrow and will let you know how it goes. Thanks,

    Bob

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    Re: WinXP Windows Explorer (WinXP v.5.1 SP1)

    I have a couple more ways to make your settiings on opening Explorer stay after you close it or reboot, and I'll try to put up a few Win Explorer tip sites that are helpful later. The aim is that you get it exactly the way you want, because after hesitating before migrating from 98, after a little while you're really going to like XP. SMTP is my uncle.

    SMBP

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