How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc.. ??


  1. Posts : 436
    win10
       #1

    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc.. ??


    This is a brand new today installation of Win10. Which version, etc. ? The latest. Right now.

    And right out of the box it's unusable because of this file tree thing in Explorer.

    I can't make out what it is doing. It is insane. I see no value in what it presents to me at all. And I mean the whole thing - meaning like I go into all the menu things looking for some way to control what i see and get back the old thing or to revert to the old thing or whatever.... and see nothing...

    How do you guys that answer all the questions all the time - how do you do it? How do you hang in with this thing?

    I couldn't. I'm mad with exasperation as it is.. Anyway, I'm glad you do. Can you tell me how to make Explorer usable again, please?

    p.s. yep, I've googled and tried. didn't work. the clues I found.

    p.p.s. the major thing, of course, is that i can't drag and drop from right pane into left pane so I can't, for instance, move a swag of files out of this folder up one level - there being no left pane. But if I could open another instance of win explorer I could drag and drop I suppose. But it won't let me open another instance of explorer either...How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-screenshot-3-.pngHow To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-screenshot-4-.png
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  2. Posts : 34,886
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    For anyone answering this:
    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-win-10-version.png

    -the forum prompted you for this.

    Screenshot, screenshot, screenshot.

    What's the problem? Screenshot marked up with a couple of big coloured arrows showing what offends you.

    Unfortunately my crystal ball is down for scheduled maintenance, otherwise I might be able to understand. Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 436
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Yep, it was a pretty poor post wasn't it? Failed completely to describe what was going on. The extent of my exasperation..

    Sorry about that. I've edited the post and put a couple of screengrabs.

    You can read the version etc.... it should be the very latest because i did it today off the web and it'd updated itself since then even.

    Explorer has no left and right pane is the guts of it, I think. Easiest way to say it.

    And one stage there I saw it was claiming to be showing me the 'fast access' or whatever it is called. I don't want that, either.

    I want plain vanilla. I want to get back to work.

    - - - Updated - - -

    'sokay, I've done it.

    Easy as pie. check navigation pane.

    found it on a google. well i'd already been there and checked all the boxes - but there's a clever trick isn't there? there's no box up the top.... but you've got to click there where a box would be if it was.... and then you get your 'navigation pane' back.

    still got realms of crap going on before we get down to the actual disk and c: but i can accept that.

    sorry for troubling you guys and my heartfelt best wishes to you in your endeavours......

    :)
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  4. Posts : 34,886
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Thanks, some things just take a bit of getting used to...

    When I first installed Win 10, build 1511 I think, Defender went crazy using 80%+ CPU. 1st thing- install 3rd party AV to shut it up. Then my graphics card driver appeared about 3 days after installing Win 10. And of course I couldn't stand what were then borderless windows of the same bland colour so when overlaid I couldn't tell where the boundary was. And the flat icons and square edges...

    I find there's too much in the navigation pane.. just never get around to doing anything about it..
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  5. Posts : 5,174
    Windows 11 Home
       #5

    abrogard said:
    But if I could open another instance of win explorer I could drag and drop I suppose. But it won't let me open another instance of explorer either...
    I use this to improve reliability, if desktop or one explorer window crashes, the rest should work.
    Code:
    rem 1 - Launch folder windows in a separate process
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "SeparateProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    
    rem 0 - All of the components of Windows Explorer run a single process / 1 - All instances of Windows Explorer run in one process and the Desktop and Taskbar run in a separate process
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /v "DesktopProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    abrogard said:
    still got realms of crap going on before we get down to the actual disk and c: but i can accept that.
    I have trimmed it down a little and I keep only, what I actually use.
    Downloads is my startup folder, I keep the most used files there.

    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-capture_04042021_124948.jpg

    Code:
    rem Remove Network Icon from Navigation Panel
    rem Take Ownership of the Registry key - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1l5ifYKefg
    reg add "HKCR\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\ShellFolder" /v "Attributes" /t REG_DWORD /d "2962489444" /f
    
    rem 1 - Hide Quick access from This PC / 0 - Show
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /v "HubMode" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - 3D Objects from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{31C0DD25-9439-4F12-BF41-7FF4EDA38722}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{31C0DD25-9439-4F12-BF41-7FF4EDA38722}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - Desktop from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Show" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Show" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - Documents from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - Downloads from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Show" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Show" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - Movies/Videos from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - Music from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Hide" /f
    
    rem Show/Hide - Pictures from This PC
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Show" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}\PropertyBag" /v "ThisPCPolicy" /t REG_SZ /d "Show" /f
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  6. Posts : 11,327
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #6

    abrogard,

    I'm not sure about what progress you have already made so please do post new screenshots when you have done this:

    Right-click in a blank area of the File explorer, Navigation pane below all the other entries then select Expand to current folder.

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 26,956
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #7

    Just select Navigation pane in View tab of Explorer


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  8. Posts : 1,153
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
       #8

    Method 1. To open another explorer window

    a. Right-click on File Explorer on taskbar
    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-fe1a.jpg
    b. Select File Explorer in list
    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-fe1b.jpg

    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-fe1x.jpg

    Method 2. To open another explorer window

    a. Right-click on This PC icon
    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-fe2a.jpg

    b. Select Open in list
    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-fe2b.jpg

    How To Get Back The Normal Windows Explorer File Tree Etc..  ??-fe2x.jpg
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