Windows 10: Oopen the Links explorer navigation pin as drop down?


  1. Posts : 181
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       31 Jan 2016 #1

    Oopen the Links explorer navigation pin as drop down?


    Do you know which registry setting allows you to open the Links (Common Places FS Folder) explorer navigation pin as a drop down, as was the default behavior prior to the quick access pin being added in Win10?

    For example, the Reg below will pin the Links folder back to the Explorer Nav Pane, however since the placeholders in the Links folder are shortcuts and not actual directories, no dropdown is able to be produced in the way that Windows 8 and backwards was able to.
    • Quick Access unfortunately doesn't offer the ability to rename anything pinned to it.
      • For example, I have a shortcut in the Links folder for both Start Menu locations (ProgramData and AppData), which I've renamed to differentiate between the two, however doing the same with Quick Access pins two folders named Start Menu as pinned placeholders... obviously a programmer missed that caveat of Quick Access.


    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    ; explorer shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
    ; Links Folder (Common Places FS Folder)
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]
    @="Links"
    "System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001
    "SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000042
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\ShellFolder]
    "FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028
    "Attributes"=dword:f080004d
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]
    @="Links"
    "System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001
    "SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000042
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\ShellFolder]
    "FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028
    "Attributes"=dword:f080004d
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\ProgramData\\Alienware\\Windows 10\\Favorites.ico,0"
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\Instance]
    "CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}"
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000011
    "TargetFolderPath"="explorer shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}"
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}"=dword:00000001
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]
    @="Links"
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\ProgramData\\Alienware\\Windows 10\\Favorites.ico,0"
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\Instance]
    "CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}"
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000011
    "TargetFolderPath"="explorer shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}"
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  2. Posts : 52
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       01 Feb 2016 #2

    Similar to the reg file I post here a few weeks ago. What are you calling a "dropdown"? Screenshot?

    Keith
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 181
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       01 Feb 2016 #3

    The arrow that allows you to open or collapse the item(s) contained within the placeholder. (I should have used tree instead of dropdown menu) With Windows 8 backwards, clicking the arrow opened the placeholder tree for Links and it showed all shortcuts that had been saved to the Links folder.

    I assume I either don't have one of the registry values set correctly or there's a string or dword value that must be added (then again, it's possible this functionality was completely removed in lieu of opting for Quick Access).
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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