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One-click opening of folders in Explorer

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Stan Brown, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    For some reason I'm just failing to find the relevant setting in
    Folder Options; can you direct me? In Windows XP it was "display
    simple folder view", and the idea was that when I single-click a
    drive or folder in the left pane it would expand to show the
    subfolders.

    I'm not very good with a mouse, and hitting those little triangles to
    the left of drives and folders in Win 7 is hard for me. Is "simple
    folder view" available in Win 7 under another name? (I tried
    searching Help for that term, but it just described folder options
    and none of them does what I want.)


    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  2. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    news:MPG.270649f3a677a3198c61f@news.individual.net...
    > For some reason I'm just failing to find the relevant setting in
    > Folder Options; can you direct me? In Windows XP it was "display
    > simple folder view", and the idea was that when I single-click a
    > drive or folder in the left pane it would expand to show the
    > subfolders.
    >
    > I'm not very good with a mouse, and hitting those little triangles to
    > the left of drives and folders in Win 7 is hard for me. Is "simple
    > folder view" available in Win 7 under another name? (I tried
    > searching Help for that term, but it just described folder options
    > and none of them does what I want.)
    >
    >
    > --
    > Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    > http://OakRoadSystems.com
    > Shikata ga nai...


    Isn't 'Show all folders' what you want ?
    Control Panel (Appearance and Personalization) > Folder Options
    On the General tab - Navigation pane - Show all folders etc.
     
  3. bd

    bd Flightless Bird

    Stan Brown <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in
    news:MPG.270649f3a677a3198c61f@news.individual.net:

    > For some reason I'm just failing to find the relevant setting in
    > Folder Options; can you direct me? In Windows XP it was "display
    > simple folder view", and the idea was that when I single-click a
    > drive or folder in the left pane it would expand to show the
    > subfolders.
    >
    > I'm not very good with a mouse, and hitting those little triangles to
    > the left of drives and folders in Win 7 is hard for me. Is "simple
    > folder view" available in Win 7 under another name? (I tried
    > searching Help for that term, but it just described folder options
    > and none of them does what I want.)
    >
    >


    Go to COntrol Panel and open Folder Operations. Under the General tab you
    will see a line which says 'Single click to open an item'. Check that box
    and folders will open with a single click.

    bdog
     
  4. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:58:30 +0100, Dave-UK wrote:
    >
    > "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    > news:MPG.270649f3a677a3198c61f@news.individual.net...
    > > For some reason I'm just failing to find the relevant setting in
    > > Folder Options; can you direct me? In Windows XP it was "display
    > > simple folder view", and the idea was that when I single-click a
    > > drive or folder in the left pane it would expand to show the
    > > subfolders.
    > >
    > > I'm not very good with a mouse, and hitting those little triangles to
    > > the left of drives and folders in Win 7 is hard for me. Is "simple
    > > folder view" available in Win 7 under another name? (I tried
    > > searching Help for that term, but it just described folder options
    > > and none of them does what I want.)


    > Isn't 'Show all folders' what you want ?
    > Control Panel (Appearance and Personalization) > Folder Options
    > On the General tab - Navigation pane - Show all folders etc.


    The same screen is accessible through Tools » Folder Options in
    Explorer, but I brought it up in Control Panel as you suggested. That
    box was already checked. I wish there was some description of what
    it's supposed to do, but there's no help icon on that screen and
    right-clicking that setting doesn't give a "What's This?"



    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  5. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:38:08 -0500, bd wrote:
    >
    > Stan Brown <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in
    > news:MPG.270649f3a677a3198c61f@news.individual.net:
    >
    > > For some reason I'm just failing to find the relevant setting in
    > > Folder Options; can you direct me? In Windows XP it was "display
    > > simple folder view", and the idea was that when I single-click a
    > > drive or folder in the left pane it would expand to show the
    > > subfolders.
    > >
    > > I'm not very good with a mouse, and hitting those little triangles to
    > > the left of drives and folders in Win 7 is hard for me. Is "simple
    > > folder view" available in Win 7 under another name? (I tried
    > > searching Help for that term, but it just described folder options
    > > and none of them does what I want.)
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Go to COntrol Panel and open Folder Operations. Under the General tab you
    > will see a line which says 'Single click to open an item'. Check that box
    > and folders will open with a single click.


    Thanks anyway, but I just tried it and it doesn't do what I'm asking.
    If I'm not mistaken, it applies to *files*, e.g. single-clicking on
    an .XLS opens it in Excel.


    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  6. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    news:MPG.27071c17fe98ed2c98c621@news.individual.net...
    > On Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:58:30 +0100, Dave-UK wrote:
    >>
    >> "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    >> news:MPG.270649f3a677a3198c61f@news.individual.net...
    >> > For some reason I'm just failing to find the relevant setting in
    >> > Folder Options; can you direct me? In Windows XP it was "display
    >> > simple folder view", and the idea was that when I single-click a
    >> > drive or folder in the left pane it would expand to show the
    >> > subfolders.
    >> >
    >> > I'm not very good with a mouse, and hitting those little triangles to
    >> > the left of drives and folders in Win 7 is hard for me. Is "simple
    >> > folder view" available in Win 7 under another name? (I tried
    >> > searching Help for that term, but it just described folder options
    >> > and none of them does what I want.)

    >
    >> Isn't 'Show all folders' what you want ?
    >> Control Panel (Appearance and Personalization) > Folder Options
    >> On the General tab - Navigation pane - Show all folders etc.

    >
    > The same screen is accessible through Tools » Folder Options in
    > Explorer, but I brought it up in Control Panel as you suggested. That
    > box was already checked. I wish there was some description of what
    > it's supposed to do, but there's no help icon on that screen and
    > right-clicking that setting doesn't give a "What's This?"
    >
    >


    So if I've got it right, your problem is seeing and clicking on the small black triangle
    to open out the relevant folder. It looks like the single-click action in the navigation
    pane and simple folder view were removed in Win 7.
    Instead of clicking once on the triangle you could double-click on the folder to open it.

    Also, I find the washed-out appearance of the selected folder in the navigation pane
    to be a royal pain in the arse. The same effect is in Regedit, where you can't see on the left
    pane where you are in the navigation tree.
    To fix this I use a small program, RegDirXP:
    http://www.ptorris.com/outils.php#regdirxp
    It's in French but easy enough to understand what to do.
    You can then have the selected folder in a colour of your choice.
    It won't help with the small triangles but may make it easier to see
    where you are.
     
  7. nooneyouknow

    nooneyouknow Flightless Bird

    "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    news:MPG.27071caf1a31a9298c622@news.individual.net...

    > If I'm not mistaken, it applies to *files*, e.g. single-clicking on
    > an .XLS opens it in Excel.


    It applies to everything.
     
  8. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 09:11:40 -0700, nooneyouknow wrote:
    >
    > "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    > news:MPG.27071caf1a31a9298c622@news.individual.net...
    >
    > > If I'm not mistaken, it applies to *files*, e.g. single-clicking on
    > > an .XLS opens it in Excel.

    >
    > It applies to everything.


    Well, you snipped where I said I had tried it and it doesn't.

    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  9. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:41:32 +0100, Dave-UK wrote:
    > So if I've got it right, your problem is seeing and clicking on the
    > small black triangle to open out the relevant folder.


    Yes, exactly.

    > It looks like the single-click action in the navigation pane and
    > simple folder view were removed in Win 7. Instead of clicking once
    > on the triangle you could double-click on the folder to open it.


    I guess I'll get used to it in time, but it's not like Microsoft to
    completely remove a user interface feature. It's more common to just
    bury it behind a preference setting or Registry key.

    But everything I could find in Google was either statements that this
    feature has been removed, or lame statements of the "Try this"
    variety, which usually means "I didn't try it, but I'll post
    anyway." :)

    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  10. chrisv

    chrisv Flightless Bird

    "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    news:MPG.270944795a786b0e98c62a@news.individual.net...
    > On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 09:11:40 -0700, nooneyouknow wrote:
    >>
    >> "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    >> news:MPG.27071caf1a31a9298c622@news.individual.net...
    >>
    >> > If I'm not mistaken, it applies to *files*, e.g. single-clicking on
    >> > an .XLS opens it in Excel.

    >>
    >> It applies to everything.

    >
    > Well, you snipped where I said I had tried it and it doesn't.


    I tried it and single-click DOES open folders.
     
  11. bd

    bd Flightless Bird

    Stan Brown <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in
    news:MPG.2709489bbf8fb73898c62b@news.individual.net:

    > On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:41:32 +0100, Dave-UK wrote:
    >> So if I've got it right, your problem is seeing and clicking on the
    >> small black triangle to open out the relevant folder.

    >
    > Yes, exactly.
    >
    >> It looks like the single-click action in the navigation pane and
    >> simple folder view were removed in Win 7. Instead of clicking once
    >> on the triangle you could double-click on the folder to open it.

    >
    > I guess I'll get used to it in time, but it's not like Microsoft to
    > completely remove a user interface feature. It's more common to just
    > bury it behind a preference setting or Registry key.
    >
    > But everything I could find in Google was either statements that this
    > feature has been removed, or lame statements of the "Try this"
    > variety, which usually means "I didn't try it, but I'll post
    > anyway." :)
    >


    I have double click selescted and I can still open a folder in Windows
    Explorer with a single click either on the triangle or the name.

    bdog
     
  12. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "chrisv" <chrisv@nospam.invalid> wrote in message news:i7oce1$1nk$1@tornado.tornevall.net...
    >
    > "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    > news:MPG.270944795a786b0e98c62a@news.individual.net...
    >> On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 09:11:40 -0700, nooneyouknow wrote:
    >>>
    >>> "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    >>> news:MPG.27071caf1a31a9298c622@news.individual.net...
    >>>
    >>> > If I'm not mistaken, it applies to *files*, e.g. single-clicking on
    >>> > an .XLS opens it in Excel.
    >>>
    >>> It applies to everything.

    >>
    >> Well, you snipped where I said I had tried it and it doesn't.

    >
    > I tried it and single-click DOES open folders.
    >
    >


    Read the thread.
    The OP needs to expand the folder tree in the navigation pane.
    Selecting 'Single click to open an item (point to select)' will open folders
    and files on the Desktop but it won't expand the folder tree in the navigation pane.
    In the navigation pane, a single click will open the folder over on the right
    pane but it won't expand the folder list in the left pane - the navigation pane.
    A single click on the triangle will expand the tree or a double click on the folder.
     

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