Windows 10: Stop Windows Explorer from expanding folders tree

  1.    18 Jun 2016 #1

    Stop Windows Explorer from expanding folders tree


    Hi.
    How to stop Windows Explorer from expanding folders tree when exploring folders?
    I'd prefer a .reg/.cmd file.
    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 8,312
    Windows 10 Professional
       18 Jun 2016 #2

    Martinz said: View Post
    Hi.
    How to stop Windows Explorer from expanding folders tree when exploring folders?
    I'd prefer a .reg/.cmd file.
    Thanks!
    Right click an empty spot in the Navigation Pane and uncheck "Expand to current Folder"
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  3. Posts : 3,213
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       18 Jun 2016 #3

    Martinz said: View Post
    Hi.
    How to stop Windows Explorer from expanding folders tree when exploring folders?
    I'd prefer a .reg/.cmd file.
    Thanks!
    When searching for information keep in mind that the file manager was renamed to File Explorer in Win8. This pages gives some good information even though it stops with Win8 although the naming convention continues in Win10.
    File Explorer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Historically the application was called File Manager in Win3.11 and earlier and changed to Windows Explorer in Win95 along with changing the name of directory to Folders. An important change with Win95 was the LFN/Long File Name convention which also was involved in furthering the change from needing a separate install of DOS/Disk Operating System. Computing has continued changing ever since.
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  4.    18 Jun 2016 #4

    Martinz said: View Post
    Right click an empty spot in the Navigation Pane and uncheck "Expand to current Folder"
    Mine is already unchecked from long ago and it still expands the tree.
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  5. Posts : 2,279
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       19 Jun 2016 #5

    Maybe there is a hidden entry for all users in HKLM?

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & explorer.exe
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  6.    19 Jun 2016 #6

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Maybe there is a hidden entry for all users in HKLM?

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & explorer.exe
    I just tried that and still doesn't work.
    I like the way Windows 7 was in this matter.
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