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    Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    Shifting from Windows 2000 to Windows XP, I found one "feature" that really annoys me: when I select a directory by clicking its name in the Explorer Bar, it automatically displays the subdirectories. This is a small inconvenience, but it happens dozens of times every day. How can I make it stop?

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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    Select Tools | Folder Options... and activate the View tab.
    Clear the "Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list" check box and click OK.

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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    Glory be, it works! I've been living with that problem for almost a year. One would think they would give the option a name that gave some clue to its function, or at least put a reference in the help file that a person could find he needed it but did not know its name. But no, this is Microsoft.

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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    That's why it is necessary to have someone like Hans, with breathtaking knowledge and capability!

    But I read in today's "Microsoft Insider Update" that you can Become an Office expert in less than 50 minutes -- or so it says...

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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    Thanks Hans. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I've been looking for that setting for awhile myself <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>.

    As to John's reference to Become an Office expert in 50 minutes...." I've heard a rumor that if you take the course and pass, MS offers you a job in their Office Technical Support department. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    Hans

    At the risk of sounding stupid, what is the "Explorer Bar?" I use the Classic View for my Windows Explorer and I have changed that option and see no difference.

    Thanks.
    H Lewton

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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    The Explorer Bar is the left-hand pane of Windows Explorer, containing a treeview of the drives and folders on your computer. I haven't tried all possible permutations and combinations of view settings to see if the option has the same effect in each of them.

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    Re: Windows Explorer expands subdirectory list (SP1)

    Hans,

    Thanks I thought that might be what it was and the setting has no apparent affect on my Windows Explorer.
    H Lewton

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