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Turn On or Off Automatically Expand to Current Folder in Navigation Pane in Windows 10

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You can use the navigation pane to browse locations such as Quick access, OneDrive, Libraries, This PC, Network, and Homegroup. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane.

As you open folders in the right pane of File Explorer, the navigation pane will not automatically expand to the current open folder by default.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to turn on or off having the navigation pane automatically expand to current folder for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to current folder" from Navigation Pane
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to open folder" from File Explorer Ribbon
  • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to open folder" from File Explorer Options
  • Option Four: To "Expand to current folder" using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Five: To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to current folder" using a VBS file





Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to current folder" from Navigation Pane

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Right click or press and hold on an empty area in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Expand to current folder to check (on) or uncheck (off -default) it for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to open folder" from File Explorer Options

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Click/tap on the View tab, click/tap on the Navigation pane button in the ribbon, and click/tap on Expand to open folder to check (on) or uncheck (off - default) it for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to open folder" from File Explorer Options

1. Open File Explorer Options.

2. In the View tab under the Navigation pane section, check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Expand to open folder for what you want set, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10
To "Expand to current folder" using Keyboard Shortcut

1. While you have a folder open in File Explorer, press the Ctrl+Shift+E keys. (see screenshots below)

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Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Turn On or Off Navigation Pane Expand to Open Folder in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Automatically "Expand to current folder" using a VBS file
Note   Note
The .vbs files below modify the DWORD value in the registry key below, then send a refresh (F5) command to apply.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (off) or step 3 (on) below for what you want.


 2. To Turn Off Automatically "Expand to current folder"

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_Off_Expand_to_Current_Folder_in_Navigation_Pane.vbs

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 3. To Turn On Automatically "Expand to current folder"

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_On_Expand_to_Current_Folder_in_Navigation_Pane.vbs

download


4. Save the .vbs file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .vbs file.

6. Run the .vbs file to apply.


That's it,
Shawn