If you open
on the windows desktop, or take the agonizing route of
Start .. Programs .. Accessories .. Windows Explorer
, then Windows Explorer opens and automatically displays the left-hand folder tree-structure pane. It is very convenient for moving files around and provides a constant overview of your system file structure.
The problem though, is I rarely have my desktop visible to click on 'My Computer', and I proudly admit I have never made use of the three-menu, four-click start menu path to the Windows Explorer shortcut. I typically just use the
menu (Ctrl-ESC, R) and then type
. This of course, well known by all that regularly take this route, does not automatically display the Folders pane. No amount of digging through the
Tools .. Options .. View Tab
preferences will turn up anything either. I've tried. Read on for the solution.
- Open a standard Explorer window. (Ctrl-ESC, R, "C:\<enter>")
Tools Menu .. Options .. File Types Tab
- Scroll down to the
Folder file type. It should be one of the top 10 entries with the extension
- Select the
Folder item and click
- Select the
explore option and click the
Set Default button.
OK a few times and you are done.
Now give it a try. All of your folder views should open by default with the
look and feel, including
the much anticipated Folders-pane.