File Explorer - Navigation Pane - Duplicate Folders & Inconsistency


supermonkey

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Hi All,

When I open File Explorer, I get two lists of my pinned/quick access items in the navigation pane.

If I navigate to a folder, these lists will be unchanged & the folder tree will expand to current folder below (eg in third list of items) (I am using "expand to current folder")

If I open the same folder in a new tab, it will instead expand in the top list.

The duplicate list of folders is annoying, as is the inonsistent behavior. I don't think this can be be the intention?

Thanks

When first opening File Explorer (eg Home/Quick Access):
1 - Copy.png

Navigate to Folder:
2 - Copy.png

Open Folder in New Tab:
3 - Copy.png
 

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In file explorer
  1. Click '...'
  2. Click Options
  3. Select the 'View' tab
  4. At the bottom under 'Navigation pane' untick 'Show all folders'
  5. Apply, Ok
 

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But I want to see all folders! I just dont want it duplicated & inconsistent
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Win 11
    Computer type
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    Manufacturer/Model
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    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
    Memory
    16GB DDR4-3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce RTX 3050 4gb
    Screen Resolution
    4k
    Hard Drives
    2 TB WD Blue SSD PCIe
Hi,
I would suggest having navigation pane expand as you open sections instead
I do it at this pc user folder area instead of using home/ quick access area so yeah I unpin all those entries
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Do can see all the folders, but having both This PC and "all" will duplicate". Turning on "all" and turning off This PC may give you want you want.
 

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thanks all, will check it out
 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
    Memory
    16GB DDR4-3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce RTX 3050 4gb
    Screen Resolution
    4k
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    2 TB WD Blue SSD PCIe
Hi,
Yeah create a desktop shortcut to your user folder and use cmd as admin to auto expand navigation pane
Now it will look like the image I posted
Start menu has a option to add user folder to it's list and if used will look the same when used.

Code:
rem Expand left side tree of current folder on Explorer open
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /v NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
 

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  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
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