How To Get the Right Windows Explorer Pane into the Left Pane?

  1. abrogard's Avatar
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    How To Get the Right Windows Explorer Pane into the Left Pane?


    You know you can set up a desktop link to a folder on your hard drive?

    Then when you click on it you'll be there in windows explorer. In the right pane will be the folder you want and the address bar will contain the path.

    But the left pane will be located at somewhere else - like in this instance of mine root : C:

    And if you click the up arrow at the left of the address bar you'll move up one level towards the root in that right pane.

    The left pane will not change at all.

    Now I want the Left pane to be 'located' at that folder. Just as if I'd navigated there in the normal way.

    Can that be done?

    Here's a screenshot of what I mean.

    How To Get the Right Windows Explorer Pane into the Left Pane?-screenshot-916-.png


    Now I want the left pane to be located at that 21_12_03 folder. (and I wish I could have cut and pasted that).
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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       #2

    @abrogard


    I "think" I understand what you're asking.

    You need to "navigate" to the folder you want, on the LEFT side.
    Then double click (on that folder, on the left side) to open that folder on the right side.
    Then right click that folder (on the left side), and create a shortcut.


    How To Get the Right Windows Explorer Pane into the Left Pane?-image1.png


    After using the shortcut I just created, it opens File Explorer like you asked. And clicking the UP arrow to the left of the address bar, does move up one level on the right side of File Explorer.
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  3. CMArbres's Avatar
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       #3

    What @Ghot said. And you can drag that shortcut from your desktop to the task bar so that you can use it faster without having to view the desktop first. I like to keep a clear desktop anyway. I use my shortcut to point to Quick Access folders.

    Christophe
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  4. abrogard's Avatar
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    Well thank you. All my mistake, eh? Created the shortcut from the right pane so that's what I got. The right pane.
    And windows doesn't come with a feature for shifting right to left.
    fair enough.
    And typical of my kinda loose computer technique.

    Thank you for sussing it out for me.

    :)
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  5. Ghot's Avatar
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    abrogard said:
    Well thank you. All my mistake, eh? Created the shortcut from the right pane so that's what I got.
    Typical.
    Thank you for sussing it out for me.

    :)


    It's not "your" mistake.
    Microsoft started doing things really strangely with Windows 8.
    And they haven't gone back to having things make sense... since.

    Wait till you see Windows 11. LOL
    They took Windows 10 and "added" 3-4 gallons of stupid, then called it Windows 11.


    Btw, we already have a forum for Windows 11... Windows 11 Forum
    By we, I mean the same folks that made this forum. Links at bottom left.
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  6. Posts : 26
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    There's an Explorer setting that will do what you ask:

    Open the View tab of your Explorer ribbon.
    Click the "Options" item at far right.
    Select "Change folder and search options"
    A "Folder Options" dialog window (popup) will open.
    Click on the "View" tab.
    At bottom will be a long list of checkboxes under "Advanced Settings".
    Scroll down almost at the end to the Navigation Pane settings.
    Find the one that says "Expand to Open Folder", and check it.
    Click the "OK" button at bottom to dismiss the dialog box.

    Henceforward, whatever folder you are showing in the right pane should be
    highlighted in the folder tree in the left (navigation) pane.
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  7. abrogard's Avatar
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    kreemoweet said:
    There's an Explorer setting that will do what you ask:

    Open the View tab of your Explorer ribbon.
    Click the "Options" item at far right.
    Select "Change folder and search options"
    A "Folder Options" dialog window (popup) will open.
    Click on the "View" tab.
    At bottom will be a long list of checkboxes under "Advanced Settings".
    Scroll down almost at the end to the Navigation Pane settings.
    Find the one that says "Expand to Open Folder", and check it.
    Click the "OK" button at bottom to dismiss the dialog box.

    Henceforward, whatever folder you are showing in the right pane should be
    highlighted in the folder tree in the left (navigation) pane.
    Exactly so. I just tested it and it works beautifully. Now I've got two ways of doing it.
    No problems at all.
    Thanks a lot. :)
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  8. CMArbres's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Version: 21H1 (OS Build 19043,1387)
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    kreemoweet said:
    There's an Explorer setting that will do what you ask:

    Open the View tab of your Explorer ribbon.
    Click the "Options" item at far right.
    Select "Change folder and search options"
    A "Folder Options" dialog window (popup) will open.
    Click on the "View" tab.
    At bottom will be a long list of checkboxes under "Advanced Settings".
    Scroll down almost at the end to the Navigation Pane settings.
    Find the one that says "Expand to Open Folder", and check it.
    Click the "OK" button at bottom to dismiss the dialog box.

    Henceforward, whatever folder you are showing in the right pane should be
    highlighted in the folder tree in the left (navigation) pane.
    Great post @kreemoweet ! I learned something really valuable there for my own needs, so thanks muchly!

    Christophe

    - - - Updated - - -

    Just set this up as per instructions. Works a treat!
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