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    Un-dumbify XP Explorer

    I have been using Windows 98 since forever, and I like to tweak stuff and I use Windows Explorer a lot.
    Now I have a brand new computer with a fully up-to-date version of Windows XP and I am finding it to be very much programmed for the novice computer user, which is actually quite frustrating because I am not.
    I have been able to make many changes to these "idiot settings", but I cannot figure out how to get Explorer (or any folders) to open and show me the left-hand pane with C: drive expanded.
    In Explorer, on starting, it shows My Documents expanded. I have to click My Computer and then C: drive to get there.
    Accessing the My Documents folder from the Start button menu gets the Common Tasks menu instead of the Folders list, so I have to click on the Folders button.
    Now, if I click on View and Explorer Bar and click Folders, it shows the Folders in the left-pane. Then I click Tools and Folder Options... then the View tab and make sure that I have checked Remember each folder's view settings. Then I close the window and re-open it - and that Common Task list is back!
    I have tried Use Windows Classic Folders, but it only shows one pane, not two. If I click the Folders button, it shows the left pane as I would like it to be, but even with Remember settings, it still doesn't remember to show the left pane when I start it again.
    How do I make it keep the Folders list in the left-pane? How can I make it open with C: drive expanded (and, if possible, My Documents collapsed)?
    Please and thank you.

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    I have been able to make many changes to these "idiot settings", but I cannot figure out how to get Explorer (or any folders) to open and show me the left-hand pane with C: drive expanded.
    In Explorer, on starting, it shows My Documents expanded. I have to click My Computer and then C: drive to get there.
    You mean like when you hit the windows key + E, that brings up a my computer like window with the drive structure to the left. Itll do it everytime if you use the windows key+E trick.
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    Is this what you're looking for? [http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1113/]

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    Quote Originally Posted by StickBoy

    How do I make it keep the Folders list in the left-pane? How can I make it open with C: drive expanded (and, if possible, My Documents collapsed)?
    The views of a folder are different than its browser bars (Folders|Search|Favorites)... so what's being 'remembered' is a view setting (Thumbnails|Tiles|Icons|List|Details).

    If you want to get a folder to open with its Folders bar visible, right-click it and select "Explore".

    An easy way to do this automatically (without modifying the registry) is to create a simple script; for example:

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    new ActiveXObject("Shell.Application").Explore("C:\\");
    save as *.js

    If you want this on the start menu, create a shortcut to the script, select its "Properties"... in the "Target:" field enter wscript.exe + one space --in front of the quoted path, then right click that shortcut, and select "Pin to Start menu".
    Edit: Oh yeah...
    there are also command line options for Windows Explorer, so one could just make a shortcut with this target:
    explorer.exe /e, /root, C:\
    Last edited by codegoboom; 04-26-2005 at 06:47 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by codegoboom
    Edit: Oh yeah...
    there are also command line options for Windows Explorer, so one could just make a shortcut with this target:
    explorer.exe /e, /root, C:\
    While this is technically what I asked for, it's not quite what I wanted. However, by removing the /root portion of the above, it gave me what I wanted.
    Thanks for setting me on the right path!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antoniohawk
    Is this what you're looking for? [http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1113/]
    I tried this and it changed nothing. Even restarted the computer. Regardless, I found my fix below. Thanks anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bry Man
    You mean like when you hit the windows key + E, that brings up a my computer like window with the drive structure to the left. Itll do it everytime if you use the windows key+E trick.
    I wish that woulda done the trick - I prefer keystrokes to mouse clicks. But this brings up, as you say, a My Computer-like interface. The problem is, I hate the My Computer interface, which is why I use Explorer. Thanks anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by StickBoy
    Thanks for setting me on the right path!
    pardon the pun
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    Quote Originally Posted by codegoboom
    pardon the pun
    ROFL - I didn't even realize what I wrote!


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