How To Enable Expandable Folders

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  1. Posts : 12
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    How To Enable Expandable Folders


    I want to enable expandable folders like in previous versions of windows. But can't find out how to do it. Here is a tutorial for Windows 7 to help explain what I am trying to do.

    How to Auto Expand Sub-Folders in Explorer just like XP in Windows 7 [Tips] | Next of Windows

    Thanks
    slue
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  2. Posts : 3,502
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       #2

    Slue said:
    I want to enable expandable folders like in previous versions of windows. But can't find out how to do it. Here is a tutorial for Windows 7 to help explain what I am trying to do.

    How to Auto Expand Sub-Folders in Explorer just like XP in Windows 7 [Tips] | Next of Windows

    Thanks
    slue
    Many things have been moved around but everything you is still someplace
    The best advice I can offer is to right click everywhere - you'll find lots of things. Your question is one of those things that were moved.

    Right click an open area of the navigation pane
    Select Expand to current folder

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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I tired that. But nothing changes.. No drop down arrows by the folders that show the sub folders.
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  4. Posts : 605
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       #4

    Slue said:
    I tired that. But nothing changes.. No drop down arrows by the folders that show the sub folders.

    You need to mouse over the navigation pane for the drop down arrows to show.

    No mouse over:
    How To Enable Expandable Folders-capture.jpg

    Mouse over:
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  5. Posts : 3,502
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       #5

    Try this, it might just work differently in Win10

    With the Expand to current folder option selected, navigate to any folder in he main explorer window
    the sub folders of that folder should expand in the navigation pane.
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  6. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I'm trying to that same thing. But with the folders on the right side. 1-Main & 2015. I want dropdown boxes for those subfolders
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  7. Posts : 3,502
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       #7

    If what you want is a drop down arrow for folders in the right pane, I don't think that is an option.
    If you click on the folder 2015 in the right pane, the left pane should expand.

    I think FrankingOil had the answer ... I missed it.

    You might not the drop down arrows until you hover over a folder in the left pane - they're there just transparent until you need them.

    Maybe I'm missing something, please post a screen shot of your File Explorer and the options you have set.

    Hey, I just saw another option when I grabbed my example screen shot
    See if Expand to OPEN folder changes anything. It might just be a wording difference though (Expand to current vs Expand to open)

    How To Enable Expandable Folders-fxpoptsexpand.png

    Anyway, let members see what you see and how File options are set - thanks.
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  8. Posts : 12
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    Thread Starter
       #8

    So from what I understand I can't expand the folders in the right pane ? But they will expand in the left pane ? Is that correct ?
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  9. Posts : 3,502
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       #9

    Slue said:
    So from what I understand I can't expand the folders in the right pane ? But they will expand in the left pane ? Is that correct ?
    You can open the folders in the right pane, but I don't think there ever was a tree view there. I just checked my Win7 box and nope, no tree view in the right pane.

    Yes, the left (navigation) pane does expand with drop down arrows, or automatically if configured that way.

    There are some 3rd party shells that do present a tree view - but as far as I know, the main navigation function in Windows Files Explorer is solely in the left pane.

    You can see the tree in the left pane and navigate to any subfolder to see the contents. Play around with it - I think you'll become accustomed to the navigation method

    There are TenForum tutorials for adding or removing different parts of the navigation pane
    TenForums search results for navigation pane
    On the results page, press the tutorials tab to see only tutorials.
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  10. Posts : 3,502
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       #10

    Slue said:
    So from what I understand I can't expand the folders in the right pane ? But they will expand in the left pane ? Is that correct ?
    I just thought of something that might interest you.

    Collapse the breadcrumbs in File explorer's address bar by pressing an open area of the address bar, then add a backslash '\' to the address. This gives you a a list of folders one level down.

    How To Enable Expandable Folders-fxptreeviewaddressbar.png

    If you select a folder from the list, you can add the backslash to that address and drill down the folder tree.

    That's all I have.

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