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Old August 2nd 15, 11:14 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
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Default XP Explorer Left Pane Folders

On Sun, 2 Aug 2015 13:02:32 -0500, VanguardLH says...

XP Explorer Left Pane Folders

Need to know how to stop left-pane underlined and single-click on folders
to open and expand. I want to stop auto-expand.

This is left pane... the options to "double-click" don't work.

Maybe a registry edit? Thanks.

When you say double-click options don't work, are you saying opening
Windows Explorer (not XP Explorer, which is

Got it licked... thanks for your replies! I wasn't expressing myself well
enough and NOTHING I did worked!

Stop Windows Explorer From Automatically Expanding Folders Trees In XP

Whenever I click on a folder in the left pane of Windows Explorer, it
expands the folder and also shows it's contents in the right window pane.
I just want to be able to navigate down the tree with out any folders

Is there a setting to disable explorer from always expanding a folder when
I click on it (especially since the folder contents are shown anyway in
the right pane)?

I can understand your annoyance with this feature in Windows Explorer. It
doesn't seem to make much sense if you click on a folder, that has sub-
folders under it in the left navigation pane, only to have it expand AND
show the folder contents in the right pane.

What's more annoying, if you are trying to find something quickly and you
start clicking on several folders in the left pane, you have to wait while
each folder expands and closes.

Fortunately there is an easy fix to disable the folder list from

Disable Automatic Folder Expansion Using Control Panel

To disable auto expanding from the Control Panel in XP - click on Start \
Run \ Control Panel then double click on Folder Options.

Select the View tab and under the Advanced Settings: section, uncheck
Display Simple folder view in Explorers folder list and click OK.

(this wasn't working either)

Disable Automatic Folder Expansion Using Registry

If you prefer to use the registry to make the same change, click on
Start\Run and enter regedit in the run box.

NOTE: Follow the below steps exactly as specified and do not make any
changes other than specified while in the Registry. Always create a System
Restore point or backup of your Computer before making changes in the

- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion

- In the right pane, double click on FriendlyTree and change the Value
data: number from 1 to 0 and click OK.

- Exit the registry

After making the change, automatic expansion of sub folders will be
disabled. Expanding a folder can now be done by double clicking the folder
or clicking on the plus icon.