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    Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    I've just about finished reinstalling Windows. I have a folder sitting on my desktop. When I open it I'd like it to open with two panes, but I only get one. I'm sure before I reinstalled clicking on a folder or shortcut would open in explorer with the explorer bar in folder view.

    Also looking at the drop down menu I notice that ctrl+I brings up favourites and cltrl+h brings up history. Is there any way to make a registry change so that there is a shortcut to toggle folder view? Both ctrl+e and ctrl+f bring up the search pane. Why two shortcuts for one function and nothing for another?

    I hope this makes sense. I've been trying to finish setting up this computer for what feels like days. Come to think of it, it has been days! All my summer holiday gone fixing my PC.

    I hope someone can help,

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    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Check this thread from the XP forum: Windows Explorer (XP pro) .

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Thanks Leif,

    That's useful information but not quite what I was looking for. I can get Windows Explorer itself to to open in the 2 folder tree pane view. I have a folder sitting on my desktop that will only open without the tree pane. I thought Windows XP would remember a folder's settings and that if I arranged it the way I liked it those settings would take. But every time it goes back to the single window view. If there were a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Explorer Bar treepane view that wouldn't be too bad.

    Is there anyway to click on a folder or shortcut that is located on the desktop and have it open in two folder tree pane view?

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    For a shortcut, you can change the target as explained in the thread Leif referred to.
    For a "real" subfolder of the desktop, I don't know, but if you display the Folders button on the toolbar, displaying the Folders pane is only one mouse click away (see screenshot).

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Hi Hans,

    I feel something odd is going on. If I make a shortcut form explorer and send it to the desktop then it opens in single pane view. If I copy the shortcut and move it away frm the desktop then when I open it I get the two pane view. If I edit the properties of a shortcut on the desktop to include: %windir%Explorer.exe /e, then I get the two pane view but the icon changes to a blue computer screen with drive next to it (the my computer icon). Is this usual? I haven't installed any patches except Windows Service Pack One. Could this be some patch problem? Before I reinstalled I never had any problem with opening folders in 'double pane view'. I know the folders button is only a click away but it's plain frustrating. Why won't windows open the way I want it to?

    Best wishes,

    Chris

    PS Thanks for reminding me about Cah! IT7s so long since I've been here that I forgot that I had once set up another identity when I was having problems loggin in. THis raises the question, how to delete an old identity. I only want one and don't want to take up resources unnecessarily.

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Hello again,

    I just noticed something interesting. If I hold down the shift key when I click on a shortcut or folder on the desktop it opens in the double pane view. Does anyone know why? How can I reverse this behaviour so the default is double pane view on usual opening (doubleclick) and single pane view on shift + doubleclick?

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    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Originally, you had a shortcut to a folder. The icon was that for a folder. When you changed it, it became a shortcut to Windows Explorer with the folder as target. The icon for Windows Explorer is the blue computer/flat screen.

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Thanks Hans,

    I'm seeing bugs at every shadow. I'd still like to know how to get folders on the desktop to open in two pane view without using the shift key. And I'd still like a way to toggle the folders view in the Explorer bar via a keyboard shortcut. I live in hope <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

    Best wishes,

    Chris

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    We had a thread recently where someone's default double-click behavior went from Open to Find, which is much more dysfunctional than your situation. You can read the details here. If you skim down, you'll see that you can change the default with a Registry fix. I didn't try it myself, so I don't know whether it will switch you over from "Open" to "Explore" as your default, but please have a look.

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Thanks,

    Actually, I'd read that thread as it did apply to me in part. I'd added a command open new to the right click for folders and drives and I noticed that it wasn't possible to edit or remove actions. I tried going into the registry and using both "none" and "explorer" for the shell default but neither made any difference. Perhaps I could make a new action and set it as a default? I might try that.

    Chris

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    Re: Explorer View and Shortcuts (XP Pro SP1)

    Success!! <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

    I added a new action "explore" with the command "C:windowsexplorer.exe /e," (No quotation marks) to file folder and drive. Neither of them had this option! Hey presto! They are opening as they should. I wonder why the option disappeared in the first place, but I'm glad it's working.

    Best wishes,

    Chris

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