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    Windows Explorer Display

    I'm sure Ive seen this problem addressed before, but can't locate any references. In 98SE Windows Explorer, I was able to double-click a folder in the right pane, and the parent folder in the left pane would "expand", but only to the extent of showing the child folder I'd selected. I have recently "lost" this feature, and the actions above result in the left parent folder expanding to show all child folders at the level of the folder I've selected.

    For instance, if H: contains folders a, b, c, d and is initially in its "collapsed state" in the left pane. The behaviour I used to get, when double-clicking folder b in the right pane, would be for H: to appear in the left pane thus:
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    The behaviour I now get is the "full expansion" of H:
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    |_ b
    |_ c
    |_ d

    Does anybody know how to restore the former behaviour, please.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Are you sure about this? I don't think the treeview (the left hand pane of Windows explorer) is able to do what you describe as the "old" behavior. Expanding a node (folder) always displays all child nodes (subfolders). It has behaved like this in all Windows versions starting with Windows 95, and in all applications using the TreeView control.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Alan,

    I just checked my kid's Win98SE machine and there is no Folder Options on the View menu. Customize This Folder is there, but that isn't what you need either. I tend to agree with Hans here that what you are describing is not the default behavior. Perhaps a third-party program or a registry hack that you've forgotten you performed made the change awhile ago. Just throwing things at the wall here. Anything stick ?? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    I've seen a similar result in various Windows installations and platforms, but it's always been an error in my mind. I will often see only the C: drive appear under the My Computer in the left pane, leaving the other drives including A: and D: (and any others) hidden.

    I find it interesting that you've become accustomed to this, and accepted it as a feature. It's been a nit pik for me, but only because I can't duplicate the events purposefully.
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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 27-Jun-04 00:34. More info )</P>Yes, I am sure of this Hans. I think I recall the solution being something to do with View -> Folder Options, but can't remember any more than that. It's only become a problem in the last few days.

    Alan

    Edited -- The left pane actually used to maintain a sort of history of the folders accessed. In the example I gave, if I had double-clicked on b and d, then these would both show up again when H: was accessed from its collapsed state... when I double-clicked, say, on b again.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Fellas, I no longer have a Win98 machine, but what I'm about to say is true on both my XP Pro and WinME machines. Alan, see if I'm describing the same thing you are. In the attached screenshot, if I double-click on Internet Explorer in the RIGHT pane, the right pane then shows its subfolders and doesn't change the left pane. If I then double-click one of the Internet Explorer subfolders in the RIGHT pane, the left pane expands, for Internet Explorer ONLY. Is that the behaviour you're describing for Win98? I'm sorry I don't have a Win98 machine to play with the settings for you.
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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Hi Chris

    I do consider it a feature, because it keeps things tidy in the left pane. I can always get a fuller expansion by clicking a + symbol, or by using the right-click Expand/ Collapse command. I must admit that the behaviour I now have is also common to a lot of machines I've seen. In fact, it was what I was accustomed to until I did a clean install, and then this nice feature appeared, only to disappear again!

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Nothing sticking here Doc <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, but thanks for taking a look. Odd that you don't have Folder Options on the View menu though.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Where the Folder Options menu item appears, depends on the combination of the versions of Windows and of Internet Explorer you have installed, I think. Originally, it was in the View menu, then some Internet Explorer update added the same item in the Tools menu, and recent versions only have this item in the Tools menu.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Big Al

    I.m afraid that's not it either. I just had a further fiddle at my end and things seem inconsistent. I tried it on D: (a physically seperate drive that I hardly touch) and it worked the way I want it... but not on any of the C: partitions, I'm begining to think it might be to do with MRUs, which I occassionly clear with a registry cleaner ??? The whole thing is now mystifying.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    This is an example of the two behaviours, now present on the same instance of WE for some reason. The shot on the left shows how D: drive appears, after I've accessed only the folders 111 and 95input with double-clicks in their right pane icons. The other behaviour (right half of picture) shows how F: looks if I've done the same with only the folder favstore. D: is showing a sort of history, while F: is doing a full expansion, showing all top level folders.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Look at your screen shot carefully. Do you notice how there is a [+] sign next to the D: drive, even though it has been "expanded"? The F: drive does not have this symbol and instead displays a [-] symbol, indicating that it has been fully enumerated.

    If you double-click on a folder in the right-hand pane, it will expand only that folder on the left. If you then expand the tree on the left by clicking on the [+] symbol, all child folders are displayed. That is where your history comes from. XP behaves like this also; if you click on the [+] symbol next to your D: drive in its partially expanded state, it will then display all child folders in the tree and display a [-] symbol next to it.

    In short, what you are seeing is normal behavior.
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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Hi Mark

    You have described exactly what the problem is. In particular<hr>If you double-click on a folder in the right-hand pane, it will expand only that folder on the left.<hr>This is the behaviour I experience only for D: drive. If I try it from any other drive, then the left pane will "fully enumerate", as shown for the F: drive. In other words, the action of double-clicking a right pane folder becomes equivalent to clicking the [+} symbol on the left pane F: drive. I am experiencing two distinct and inconsistent behaviours - one for D: and one for all the C: partitions. What I want is for all drives/ partitions to behave the way D: is now doing.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Alan,

    Again, I'm just guessing, but have you checked the Properties for each drive / partition to see if there are any obvious differences ??
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    Re: Windows Explorer Display

    Nothing jumps out at me Doc. I now also recall that something odd happened in the past, loosely relating to this. It was one of those situations where things wouldn't shut down properly, safe mode invoked, more reboots etc. and in the end, things had obviously become "reset" all over the place - to some sort of defaults I guess. Anyways, one of these reset behaviours was the one I'm trying to reinstate now, for all partitions, not just D:.

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