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Windows XP places the wrong task pane in a folder

Q: Windows XP places the wrong task pane in a folder

My picture Folder now Lists the Wrong Task Pane. I believe Windows XP placed a customized music task pane in my pictures folder leaving me to only be able to arrange anything in the folder by artist, year, track, etc. I would like to know how to fix this for it is getting very frustrating

A: Windows XP places the wrong task pane in a folder

Hello kidhero99

Try this and see if it works for you.

1.Right-click the folder?s icon or, if you have the folder already open, in a blank space within the folder, and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

2.Click the Customize tab.

3.Select the appropriate template from the Use This Folder Type As A Template drop-down list and click OK.


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Hello, I have a friend who is starting to lose his sight, and is having trouble reading the text on the sidebar in Windows Explorer. Is there any way to increase the font displayed, other than decreasing the resolution?

Here is what I am referring to



A:Increase font size Windows Explorer Folder Task pane

Have you thought about increasing font size globally? Right click anywhere on the desktop, pick properties, then go to the appearances tab. For font size pick large or extra-large. You may have to reboot.
Also you can use the magnifier tool in Windows to see parts of the screen. Go to start, program, accessories, accessiblity, magnifier. If your friend ends up using it often, go to that same spot in the start menu, right click on magnifier and pick copy. Then go to the desktop, right click, and pick paste.

P.S: Just a technicality: your screenshot shows the "common tasks bar" aka "places bar". The "Windows sidebar" is actually a feature in Windows Vista, which you can see here (it's on the right; it's transparent, so you can't see it, but it's definitely a bar).

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My search term skills are failing me. I hope someone has the time to help me or send me in the right direction.

I have XP SP2

I discovered after using "classic folder view" for a while and switching back to the task pane that a number of windows are wrongly displayed. I found a possible answer to the task pane template problem at;
Special Folders

A number of my problems were not addressed in the help.

Firstly, my C drive is one of the affected folders.

None of my affected folders has a "customize" option in "properties". They are all in my personal folder rather than "all users" so I don't know if the directions still strictly apply to me.

With many of the folders in question, when I add "\desktop.ini" and hit enter I'm asked whether I want to connect to the internet or work offline. I'm guessing, but I may have tried the desktop.ini trick while online(?). I have no idea how to deal with this.

I have hardly any experience with command prompt and have no confidence in my ability to back out of a fix should I screw up. I do, however, have TuneUp Utilities 2006 which gives me a registry editor and a "Rescue Center" which supposedly allows me to roll back from mistakes (haven't tried it yet). Maybe this is an altenative avenue.

I'm sure I've left things out but, if someone choses to respond, maybe I... Read more

A:(desperate ungeek) confused about wrong task pane template fix

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Is there a way I can create a new folder in the task pane to the right? The one I am talking about is the one where you click the start button and it's in the upper right hand corner.

A:New folder in Task pane to the right

Hallo Dragonpoet, I am not sure i have understood you correctly but in saying you want the start button in the top RH corner i would assume this is the tutorial you are after;

Taskbar - Move Location on Desktop Screen

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I have found the answer to my question. Someone please declare this "Resolved."

A:Task View when My Network Places folder is accesed

I meant to reply earlier...must have forgotten while attending to a spam post...but there is only one window on my systems.

There is the typically list of submenus to the left but that's not really a different pane, just a series of shortcuts for users in XP related to networking.

Anyway...glad you found the answer, happy computing .


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I really need a help here. About two days ago I was trying to improve the speed of my system. I think I have delete an important file. My curent problem is that
1) When I rightclick a desktop icons I only get an hour glass, the system stops responding to any thing. The only way out of it it to either log off or shut down and restart.
2) When I open the recycle bin though it appears full on the desktop icon I could not see any item on it.
3) If I try do delete, move this folder or any of the command on the left file/folder task pane I only get hour glass. The only way out of it is ctrl+alt+del, task manager (program not responding) end task.
However, this problems do not occur on Internet Exp. pages
The following is my system info:-
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name XP
System Manufacturer TOSHIBA
System Model S1800-752S
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~1095 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date TOSHIBA Version 1.80, 20/02/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name XP\X P
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 157.23 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space... Read more

A:right click desktop icon, recycle bin, left file/folder task pane not responding

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:38:13, on 05/07/2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.17126)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Program Files\Sigmatel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio 2010\5.0\CPMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\lxdxmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\lxdxMsdMon.exe
C:\Program Files\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\RegCurePro.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
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I'm a 5 day Win 8 new-bee leaning new stuff every day.
The latest thing to have me stumped is the Navigation Pane in explorer.
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A:Windows Explorer Navigation Pane - What am I doing wrong?

Hello Jeff, and welcome to Eight Forums.

In File Explorer (renamed Windows Explorer), the navigation pane turn on or off setting is a universal setting for all folders and libraries windows. It can't be turned on or off for some and not others.

It was this way in Vista and Windows 7 as well.

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A:How can i change windows 7 task pane?

Welcome to the Seven Forums
You will need to changes some images in
& if 64 bit
I think the #s are 632, 633, 634, 635
You will need a Resource Editor to do it

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Windows folder is in c: windows but also shows up in libraries music. Yes it is the same folder.


A:Windows folder shows up in two places.

What is this folder. If it is a system folder it does not belong into Music. Must have gotten into there by accident.

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I'm using windows xp home and when i open windows explorer there is no left pane for the folder tree. even when i click on the folder icon there is still only one pane no split screen.

A:folder pane in windows explorer missing

Hi DJ -First open Windows Explorer - Next -On the top line look to see if the item in - View > Explorer Bar > Folders is ticked -If the item is unticked you will not see the left pane -Hope this helps Thank You

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I do not have a folder pane (a folder tree with the Desktop, my Computer, the Network) in Explorer any more.
This is a rather annoiing and difficult problem, and have searched several times for hour with NO solution for Vista.

I do not know exactly when this started, since I'm not normally using Windows Explorer that much. Now when I open the Explorer, the place where the Folder pane should be is totally blank, as seen below. (My Layout is set to "Navigation Pane")

I can see contents of folders in the Right pane and navigate through them, but can't see any folder hierarchy in the Left Folder-pane -- it's just totally blank as shown above.

Does anyone have a solution? I'd rather not re-install Vista...

PS: The problem seemed to exists in W9x and ME too Windows Explorer-Left Pane Empty - Tech Support Guy Forums and has a fix from MS, to delete a part of the registry, but this does not work for Vista.

Thanks a lot in Advance,

PS: I've read Brink's information on resetting Folder View settings and tried this to, but it did not help.

A:Blank folder pane in Windows Explorer

Try this and see whether it helps:
Left Folder Pane Not Displayed In Windows 7 or Vista Explorer

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Hello Eightforums

Is it possible to add a second favourite folder in the Windows 8.1 navigation pane? I am currently working on a larger project and would like to have all the folder short cuts separated from the original Favourites in Windows 8

I have created an image in Photoshop to illustrate what I am trying to accomplish

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I like the way the I can collapse the folder pane in the mail app from Windows 10. But every time I close the app and open it again, the folder pane isn't collapsed anymore. Is there a way to keep it collapsed?

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I like the aesthetic of Windows XP's Task Pane, and would like to have it on Windows 7. I've Googled for awhile, but can't find it. I'd like something that goes over the tree section like it does on XP, and has an toggle button like XP's "Explore" pane did so I can still access the tree. I'd like it to be smart like the Windows XP pane and change based on which type of folder I'm in/selected, and incorporate the details pane in it as well.

A:Replace Windows 7 Task Pane with Windows XP's

Use organize-layout navigation pane.

Then under folder options in control panel, check show all folders and automatically expand to current folder.

You might also like 3rd party program file managers better:

Windows Explore alternative for Windows 7 (file browser like XP) - Super User

Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows

Making 7 look and act more like XP:

Right click the taskbar on a blank area. Choose properties. Under taskbar, choose use small icons. Under taskbar buttons, choose never combine. Click ok.

Bring quick launch back to windows 7:

Guided Help: Enable the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7
There are other ways to customize your pc. See here: Personalizing your computer - Microsoft Windows Help

Also read up on the help and support option in the start menu. It is actually quite good now and is great to get more information on windows 7 and all the new features. You can also read up on UAC and how it protects your pc.

You may also be interested in this:

(This option will cause a slight drop in performance-results may vary)

Convert to Windows XP Style

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Can any please tell me how to display folder icons in the preview pane when I click on a folder? Or is there any third-party application by which I can do this?

How it looks:

How I want it to look:

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When I open a folder using the tree in the left pane the position of the selected folder change.
It's like the layout of the tree pane is not working fine.
Maybe they autoscroll in order to display all the child's folders but I don't like this.
When the folder i want to open is in the middle of the pane (vertically)
it moves often to the bottom and i can't even see the child's folder, and some time it move the opened folder to the top of the pane

I just would like to have the thing working as it's in XP. When we open a folder, this one don't move and the children appears under this one.

Do you understand the issue?

A:bad scroll on folder tree pane (in windows explorer)

Yes, this is one of those "WTF were they thinking" mistakes in the W7 file explorer

I can't understand why in the world they would scroll the left pane DOWN to hide exactly the very thing you are trying to look at :/ It should scroll up to either the top (if the child folder list is long) or up just far enough to show the entire child folder list.

I do not know of any way to fix it, it's a built in behavior of explorer which would have to be fixed by MS themselves...

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I run Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
In the navigation pane in Windows Explorer, there's a shortcut to the default "Downloads" folder.

I would like to make this all caps, in other words, rename it to "DOWNLOADS".

A simple request, but Windows refuses to do it.
How can I force this change via registry?
Thank you,


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I just noticed Win Explorer does not refresh the right pane as I navigate up/down a list of folders via arrow keys in the left pane. It used to make rapid visual read of folder contents possible. Can that feature be switched back on?

I've seen this reported elsewhere few years ago but I cannot find it on this site.

A:Windows Explorer right pane does not match left folder

Not sure if that's possible. Use the up or down button until you have highlighted the one you want. Then press Enter or Space to update the pane to the right. You use the left and right buttons to collapse/expand sub folders.

I find Space the best and fastest option since you use both hands. One to navigate and the other to refresh the right pane.

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I just noticed Win Explorer does not refresh the right pane as I navigate up/down a list of folders via arrow keys in the left pane. It used to make rapid visual read of folder contents possible. Can that feature be switched back on?

I've seen this reported elsewhere few years ago but I cannot find it on this site.

A:Windows Explorer right pane does not match left folder

Hello Nick,

Do you mean to have the navigation pane automatically expand to the current folder?

Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder

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Hi to all! I can't believe I'm starting my third thread about Windows Live Mail within a month, but when you practically live in your mailing system, any kind of illogical behaviour quickly becomes an irrritant. And this forum seems a marvellous place to report these things.

This thread is about another of those instances where Live Mail appears to be designed to work the same way as Outlook Express, but actually has odd quirks that are illogically different. It's is about the view of the folder pane to the left of the application window.

In my system, under "Storage folders" I have created a number of "category" folders, some with several sub-folders in them. The purpose is to be able to archive incoming messages logically, pending use or deletion at some later time. Pretty standard, I would have thought.

To prevent the column of folders from stretching down to infinity, and to keep things looking as tidy as I can make them, I generally keep the sub-folders hidden by clicking the little arrow to the left of the heading folder, which collapses the view of any sub-folders within it. In Outlook Express (and much other software) the equivalent to the arrow was a plus sign for expanding the view and a minus for contracting it. So far so good!

What I am finding extremely annoying is this. Suppose you have a batch of new email messages that you have just downloaded, and their headings are in view in the main list of emails, and you want to drag some ... Read more

A:Windows Live Mail folder pane jumps to top of column

I'm having exactly same problem. Live mail don't listen as usual. If a few of us are saying it on here, thousands of others are having same problem.
Also why do I have to have a username to log on here? I can't remember it when I come in again in a years time

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There were some things in Windows 10 that I couldn't live with so I re-loaded Windows 7. After I did this my Windows Live Mail storage folders are not showing.

I searched for .eml files to see where they resided.

Which in Windows Live Mail when I access Options>Email>Advanced>Maintenance>Store Folder>Change....and enter in what I presume to be the correct folder based on my search...I get a message that the file is empty.

According to the search, the folders has thousands of emails.

I'm stumped.

A:Windows Live Mail Storage Folder Not Showing in Pane

Have a look in

Users/{your user name}/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows Live Mail

this is where all the WLM should be stored

you will need to show "Hidden Files/Folders"

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This one is getting really annoying. I have noticed that sometimes when using Windows Explorer, if I rename a folder, the right hand pane shows the correct (new) folder name, but the left hand pane still displays the old folder name.

As a matter of fact, even if I right click on the folder name on the left hand pane, and choose "Rename", and then rename it there, when I hit Enter to save the name change, the folder name on the left (that was just highlighted and changed) will revert back to the original name....but the name in the right hand pane will show the change.

For some reason, it just doesn't seem to want to update the view in the left hand pane. And then, to top it off, after some undetermined amount of time, the left hand pane will "refresh" to show the new folder name, but it will STILL show the old folder in the list as well. If I right-click the parent folder and choose "Open in New Window", the view is correct, but the original window still shows the old folder names.

This may only happen after my Explorer windows (I usually have 4 or 5 up) have been open for a long time, as I tried to reproduce with new windows and the behavior is normal (left hand pane updates view immediately).

I've reported it already, but just curious if anyone else has experienced this odd behavior.

A:Windows Explorer left-pane not showing changes to folder names

Hi CorrsFan

I think this is just a part of it being a Beta still. I have tried to delete the HomeGroup section, and while it goes for awhile as soon as it refreshes it's back. Just like some sections of the Registry is locked out and some permissions can't be changed, these things will all be sorted out by RC1. Renaming any system item is locked down in the registry and Left (Navigation) Pane items seem to be a part of this lockout.

Make sure to send MS Feedback on this so they know what works and doesn't.

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I get the message Windows Explorer has Stopped Working ... Looking for a Solution ... will notify you if a solution is available.

Any ideas

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Hi Everyone,

The error message below has started to come up on my Windows XP (SP3) computer over the last couple of days (at logon )-

Obviously XP should not be looking for 'Defrag.exe' in the File Cache of Flash Player. I have checked the registry settings for Defrag, and as best I can see they are fine -

As a final observation I have noticed that Defrag loads, and operates fine despite the message at startup.

If anybody has any advice concerning how to fix this it will be greatly appreciated. Please don't suggest upgrading from XP, as I am using it for specific programs (that will not run elsewhere!).

Kind Regards,


A:Looking for Defrag in all the wrong places!

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Hi Everyone,

The error message below has started to come up on my Windows XP (SP3) computer over the last couple of days (at logon) -

Obviously XP should not be looking for 'Defrag.exe' in the File Cache of Flash Player. I have checked the registry settings for Defrag, and as best I can see they are fine -

As a final observation I have noticed that Defrag loads, and operates fine despite the message at startup.

If anybody has any advice concerning how to fix this it will be greatly appreciated. Please don't suggest upgrading from XP, as I am using it for specific programs (that will not run elsewhere!).

Kind Regards,


A:Looking for Defrag in all the wrong places!

Clear the Adobe Flash Player Cache settings: How to Delete Flash Player Cache | eHow

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Hey guys - question...

I had a systems burp over last weekend - my OS (XP Home) decided it didn't like me and crashed requiring a complete reload to make it functional again. But before I wiped my HD, I made an image copy of it so that important information wasn't lost. I managed to recover everything of major value to me before the rebuild - except...

How in blazes do I get my old email back? I'm running Outlook 2002 Enterprise Edition (Which I believe may have actually caused the crash, as it happened while needing to do a hard shut down. I had surfing some web sites, and unfortunately found one that was causing all sorts of issues that required that operation - Outlook wasn't happy that I was shutting it down that way and told me so - next thing I know, I'm getting the old Windows Opening Screen Blink - ouch!) In the image files, I can find what looks like the old Outlook files, but I certainly don't see anything saying 'Inbox' or anything. Any clues on where to look?



A:Solved: Looking for Email in All the Wrong Places

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I like the recent places folder, but it does not always seem to display some folders that I know I was just in.

Why does it do this?

A:Recent places folder, why won't it show a folder that I was just in>

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums .. By Default recent places is set to ten items .. It can be changed though ... Read the Link below ...
Jump Lists - Change Number of Recent Items to Display

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I using Word in Office XP and everytime I start the program, the task pane appears on the right hand side. I go into VIEW/TOOLBARS and uncheck task pane. The task pane closes, but the next time I start Word the task pane is back. How do I stop the task pane from reappearing? Thanks in advance.

A:Can' get rid of task pane

1. From the Tools menu, select Options
2. Click on the View tab
3. Under the Show section check the Startup Task Pane to display it every time Word starts; deselect it if you do not want it to appear when Word starts
4. Click OK

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I have Microsoft Office 2003. How can I get rid (permenently) of the pesky Task Pane that shows up on the right side when I open Excell, etc?

A:Task Pane

Tools - Option - View - Uncheck "Startup Task Pane"?

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My Network Places list is inaccurate. When I go to Network Places, I see PC's that are no longer on my network and I don't see other pc's that are connected. I am using WinXP Home. If I vew Network Places from one of the other WinXP pc's, I get a different views. See network_places_Den and network_places_Elyse pics attached. Network Places from one of the other WinXP pc's is different than the first two. The Den PC is wired, the Elyse PC is wireless and the 3rd PC is wired.

If I view the workgroup pc's, all are shown correctly. If I view Network Places from a Vista PC, the view is correct. I see the correct pc's and the folders are correct if I select a PC to view.

My network is comprised of a AirLink101 Wireless router with 3 of the pc's directly connected to it. I also have a Netgear FS105 5 port switch with 3 pc's connected to it and it is connected to the AirLink101. Two of the pc's are wireless. One is WinXP (Elyse attached) and the other is Vista.

This appears to be a WinXP issue.

I would appreciate any insight on this anomaly. For what it is worth, I rebooted the pc's before I took these screen shots.



A:[SOLVED] Network Places View Wrong

My Network Places is basically a Recent Documents folder, but for network locations. It does not show a current view of your network, it a list of places you have opened or saved a document to in the past, so it can show places from networks/PCs you are no longer connected too, or that no longer exist.
Shortcuts are usually created only when you open or save a file using a UNC path (\\Server\Share\Filename) unless you've set a policy to prevent their creation.
So it won't show the same locations that you see on other PCs unless you've actually opened or saved a file from those same locations using a UNC path. If you map a drive to a share, shortcuts are not created for that location.

See the NoRecentDocsNetHood entry in this KB article (about 1/2 way down):
Policy settings for the Start menu in Windows XP

You can delete the ones you no longer want, they are not automatically deleted.
You can add one using the Add a network place link on the left.

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I know you've had this before but it's the same problem. Google links keep redirecting me to random sites instead of what I actually want. Here's my HijackThis log...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 18:16:54, on 10/09/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
E:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
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C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\DVDAudio\CTDVDDet.EXE
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\RemoteControl\RCMan.EXE
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\ccc.exe
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I've used other software from door2windows but even after reading the description I'm not sure what a "task pane" is and what will look different if I change it with this tool:

Windows 7 Task Pane Changer : Change Windows 7 Task Pane With One Click | door2windows

I'm just curious since I noticed it on Softpedia

A:What's a Task Pane and why change it?

Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead

I've used other software from door2windows but even after reading the description I'm not sure what a "task pane" is and what will look different if I change it with this tool:

Windows 7 Task Pane Changer : Change Windows 7 Task Pane With One Click | door2windows

I'm just curious since I noticed it on Softpedia

What is Task Pane :
How to get the Blue task pane in windows 7 ?

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I understand that in XP Home when opening My Computer or an explorer window, the task pane should be shown on the left hand side by default. By clicking the "folders" button on top you can toggle from folders on the left to the task pane on the left. My problem is that on my computer, it is the opposite. The folders view is the default and I have to click the "folders" button to toggle to the task pane. It is really annoying. Now, I have tried to set it to the task pane and then go to tools/folder options/view/ folder views and click apply to all folders but that does not work. Any suggestions on how to get the task pane back as the default?

A:Task Pane is not default

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At work we have Compaq D510 short forms with Windows XP Pro, SP3. One of my coworkers wants to be able to e-mail pictures from her 'My Pictures' folder by selecting the files and then clicking the 'email this file' in the Common Task Pane, when you do this Outlook Express comes up with the attached files but it won't send. It says it cant because of a socket error 11001 and that it cant find the SMTP server. I am thinking I need to reset the File properties in Tools>Folder Options >File types but I am not sure which one Explorer is invoking to Send Mail, I have looked in Google, no luck yet. My machine does this just fine but uses MS Outlook 2007 , which is why I think a File Type association is goofed up.


PS I have tried resetting the common task pain in My Computer >Properties.

A:Explorer Task Pane

She needs to be using Outlook to send email make sure its setup as her default email program.

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Hi, It's been a while I hope everyone is well. Here's my issue.
In windows Vista
right click computer

in their to the left side theres the task s like device manager, remote settings, system protection...

problem is when i click on device manager nothing opens up, its like the link is dead, when i click on remote settings or anything else in the list it works. I can find other wways to open thte device manager i just wanted this link issue fixed, thanks !!

A:task pane issue

Maybe this will get you on the right path:

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When I open an instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane show little or nothing (no drives, folders, etc.). Also the preview pane does not show a preview for any selected files (See Capture1.JPG).
If I open a second (or higher) instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane functions properly (the preview still does not show) (See Capture2.JPG).
I have previews set to show (See Capture3.JPG).
Also occasionally, the file icons will be blank instead of showing the file type specific icon. When this happens, the address bar also seems to take a long time to load. The load bar will stop before reaching the end and won't finish (See Capture4.JPG).

Does anyone know what is going on or how to fix this?

FYI I am running 64 bit Windows 7 Pro.

A:Windows Explorer: Navigation Pane and Preview Pane Bug

Try Explorer++ and see if you get the same problem.

Need to enable "Folders" view.
If it works then you can rule out problems with system files and it's probably a buggy shell extension.

It's portable and runs without installation.

Let us know if navigation pane works using Explorer++

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A client came to me yesterday with a printing problem. Whenever she prints an excel document which contains underlined words, the underlines get printed ABOVE the words, instead of underneath them as shown on the screen. I found that I could get the underlines to print properly if I went into the printer's advanced options and disabled "Printer Optimization". However, this setting doesn't stay disabled by default, and anytime she wants to print a document containing underlines she has to go into the options as I did, and disable the setting.

This problem occurs on any machine she is logged into, but other users can print fine to the same printer.

Anyone have any ideas? Or, does anyone know how to keep "Printer Optimization" turned off by default?

A:Excel 2003 printing underlines in wrong places

First thing you need to find out is if this is a user profile issue, a file issue or an application issue. Test in various environments and users to find out.

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some how the task pane words in Word are showing yellow.
very hard to read. I don't know what I did to change the
colors on only those words and nothing else, but would
appreciate any help on how to get them back to black.

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I want to control the display of the task pane in Publisher 2007 from the View menu. In earlier versions (I have been using Publisher 2002), unchecking the Task Pane item from the View menu prevents it from displaying when opening Publisher.

That does not work in the 2007 version. I have unchecked the item from the View menu, but if I close and then reopen the file, the task pane is displayed. I have looked under the Tools/Options, but there is no reference to the task pane. I have looked under Tools/Customize, but that only affects the toolbar, as does right clicking on the task pane itself.

It seems that display of the task pane is a default that cannot be changed, except while a file is open.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to change that default?

I have searched this forum, the Microsoft knowledgebase, and the Microsoft Publisher "Discussion Group," all without success.

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a 1.4 Ghz Pentium processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Win XP/Pro SP 2.

A:Publisher 2007 task pane

I think you're stuck with it unless you want to use Visual Studio 2005 (SE) and create an add-in for it, which is, to say the least, quite a bit of work.

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Hi, one day I started windows, and noticed that the common task pane was missing.
I clicked on folder options to check if it was disabled, but to my amazement it is enabled!
I do not understand what is happening.
Does someone know what may be the problem?
Thanks in advance.

A:Common task pane activated but missing

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I purchased software that integrates into Excel and makes use of the custom task pane. Unfortunately, the software doesn't give the option to hide the custom task pane, which would be really useful. I have pulled the .dll specific to the task pane and referenced it in my vb 2008 project, but am pretty new to programming and was wondering if there was a way to write code to hide the custom task pane then make it visible again when needed. I can see the visible property in the .dll but am not sure how to set it up so that it works or if it's even possible. Can someone please help?

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When I open Word or Excel in Office 2003, I get a Column on the right headed by a task pane "Getting Started" I can eliminate on a per case basis but want to eliminate it for all documents when opened. Is there a way to do this?

A:Word 2003 Task Pane Question

Word 2003

Tools / Options / View / uncheck 'Startup Task Pane'

Same procedure for Excel.

If that doesn't work, (it does on mine) there is a registry edit, but you will have to Google for that,
and you should backup your registry first, if you go that route.

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When viewing the "Task Pane" can someone tell me how you can remove some of the listed documents that are "hyperlinked" (with the templates etc). The documents that have since been removed from the system.


A:Excel 2002 Task Pane Question?

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Hi Guys,

Does anyone know how I can permanently hide the Publisher Task Pane.

I've used Tools/Customize/Toolbars and unclicked Task Pane.

The Task Pane disappears - Yippie

BUT as soon as I open another file, it re-appears.

If anyone could help I would be grateful.

I'm using Windows XP and SP2 (I think)



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theres a task pane on my desktop and i didnt even open a folder. I restart and its still in my deskstop. I attached a file showing a pic on wuts wrong with it. Can guys tell me wuts going on, cuz i dunno if this is a bug on sp2 or sumthing. Hopefully u guys experienced this too. So can u guys help me get rid of it?

A:weird, task pane on desktop problem

The registry entry exists in:
Find the entry starting with {00021400-

Go down to the shellex entry and left click the + sign

Look at the ExtShellFolderViews and highlight the entry under that

In the right window, you will see an entry for PersistMoniker.

The data should be: file://%userappdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop.htt


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    I lost my task pane in Word 2002. I have task pane checked in View and in Toolbars. Any ideas how do I get it back? The Microsoft Forum says I have to install Service Pack 3 - I'm sure there is something simpler than that.

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    I just reinstalled Windows 7 and initially all seemed well. When I was connected to the Internet, Windows installed 3 updates and prompted me to restart. When Windows appeared again, it was much smaller on screen surrounded by black. There was just a blue background with a windows logo. No start menu, task bar, nothing! I managed to right click the screen and chanye the resolution so that the background now fills the screen. Internet Explorer no longer seems to exist. How do I get this to look like Windows 7 please?

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    Okay. From what it sounds like, your explorer.exe is no longer running. Try this.

    1. Use the keyboard shortcut 'CTRL' + 'SHIFT' + 'ESC' to open up task manager.

    2. Using the menus up top, go to File > 'New Task (Run)'.

    3. Enter 'explorer' into the box, and click 'OK'.

    Best of luck!

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    I have a Windows 7 Ultimate dual booting with Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Dell XPS 410. When I bring up Windows Explorer on the Desktop app, I would like to add several folders to the "Favorites" section of the navigation pane on the left side of the window, as I have done in Windows 7. However, I don't seem to be able to do it. I have tried dragging the folder in the right pane onto the Favorites link, as I do in Windows 7, but nothing happens; the folder is not added to the list (which, by the way, is empty.) I have also tried navigating to the folder I want to add to Favorites and then right clicking the Favorites link and selecting the option from the context menu of "add current location to favorites", but again nothing happens.

    On the off chance that it might be a corrupted system file, I just finished doing a System File Checker with the SCANNOW option, but no problem was detected by SFC.

    I wonder if this is a bug in the Consumer Preview? Has anybody else encountered this problem? I also would like suggestions for what else to try to correct the problem, if it seems to be a problem with my system but nobody else's...

    A:Cannot add a folder to Windows Explorer "Favorites" in navigation pane

    Originally Posted by LeeTutor

    I have tried dragging the folder in the right pane onto the Favorites link, as I do in Windows 7, but nothing happens; the folder is not added to the list

    Here it works all fine - like in Windows 7

    Originally Posted by LeeTutor

    the folder is not added to the list (which, by the way, is empty.)

    My favorites folder is not empty - contains the default links to "Desktop" and "Downloads".

    So I think something is wrong with your installation.

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    Word 2003
    Is it possible to change the default view in the taskpane to a view of Styles & Formatting, such that when I open a document, the taskpane shows the styles and formatting instead?

    A:Solved: Change default view of task pane?

    Open Word.
    Hit Alt + F11.
    Click the folders on the left until you see ThisDocument under Normal.
    Double-click ThisDocument so you see a window at right.
    Paste the following code:
    Option Explicit

    Private Sub Document_New()
    Application.TaskPanes(wdTaskPaneFormatting).Visible = True
    End Sub

    Private Sub Document_Open()
    Application.TaskPanes(wdTaskPaneFormatting).Visible = True
    End Sub
    Hit the SAVE diskette.
    Close the VB Editor window.
    Close Word.
    Launch Word or open a document.... to test.

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    Just a little word question; if someone knows the answer. I am using office xp.
    When I open word, the task pane does not appear. After going to view > task pane it appears, I have made sure that show at startup is checked. If I close word and reopen it the task pane is gone again. What really puzzles me is that if outlook is loaded, the task pane will appear when word is opened.

    A:Solved: Word XP doesn't show task pane

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    I seem to have woken up in a nightmare world where this is no-longer possible on my copy of Word (2000).

    Note: Reveal Formatting is a specific option that opens a task pane (like view document map) but what it shows is all the formatting such as line spacing font etc.. it also shows style content as found in templates or created manually.

    I am absolutly positive that I have used this function before at the this computer with this copy of word and in fact the same document that I am working with now but the option no-longer appears in my menu.

    I've tried Shift-F1 but I only get a little bubble telling me the style and formatting of the text I clicked on. I've tried resetting the toolbars and menus and I've spent a lot of time googling to find out that this feature was apparently introduced in the 2002 version...

    I am feeling very very confused now.

    A:Solved: Word: Reveal Formatting Task Pane

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    Has anyone experienced this before.

    My 'My Network Places' folder is usually split into two, local network and internet. However, for some reason some of my LAN folders are now appearing under the 'internet' heading.

    Any ideas why that would happen? How can I fix this?

    Many thanks

    A:Changes in 'My network Places' Folder

    I've seen that, and it's just some sort of Explorer thing, they're not actually accessable on the Internet.

    Have you tried setting the Windows Explorer views back to default? Tools, Folder Options, Restore Defaults.

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    I think someone copied a file from my laptop onto their USB stick while I was at work. I got home and started to work on the file, then when I pressed save it said 'cannot find location, please insert removable storage device into drive d' (or something like that) so I 'saved as' in another location, then checked my 'recent places' folder. Sure enough there was evidence of a removable disk being modified on my laptop whilst I was at work. I confided this to my house mate, checked my laptop again later that night and it had been deleted from the recent places folder. I now want to confront that person about what happened as it is now obvious to me that they had copied my file, but wondered if there's any way I can get the evidence back. I have tried the undo button, but to no avail. This happened on Tuesday (8th). Can anybody help me?


    A:recent places folder

    How did you access it in the first place? if it was moved you wouldn't have been able to opened it.

    But it does seem fishy though that it would disappear like that. Check the recycling bin for the file. There are some 'undelete' programs but the data may have already been removed.

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    The Stock Actions for the Research Task Pane download allows you to insert stock quote information from the MSN Money Stock Quotes service into Microsoft Office 2003 documents and spreadsheets.

    System Requirements
    Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Service Pack 2, Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows XP

    This download works with the following Office applications:
    Microsoft Office Word 2003
    Microsoft Office Excel 2003



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    I'd like to set Firefox Profile Folder as an item in Windows Places Bar.

    Common File Dialog Box - Customize Places Bar

    The folder's name includes random characters assigned by Firefox.
    Is there a way to set the item in the Places Bar to "Firefox Profile" (i.e. NOT "xyxyxy.default") without changing the folder's name?
    Thank you.

    A:Set Firefox Profile Folder in Places Bar

    Hello Yaron,

    You might see how it'll work by creating a shortcut of the folder with a name you want, save the shortcut to where you want to keep it at, then use the shortcut's path in the places bar to see if it will display the shortcut name instead of folder name.

    Hope this helps,

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    Hi, I hope this is in the right place.

    If I click on Recent Places on the left hand menu of windows explorer (File Explorer) the folder is always empty.

    Can anyone please shed some light on this? It's doing my head in.

    ETA - When I right click on taskbar and go to properties, both items are already checked under the Jump Lists tab.

    Thanks much in advance.

    A:Recent Places Folder Empty

    Right click on the taskbar and look at properties.
    In the Jump lists tab check the display recent items in jump lists box.

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    I recently was having trouble with my userprofile. At first I couldnt log in and then i was able to finally log in but it was a blank temporary profile. I fixed it using profiler and all my files are back. However the computer is doing two strange things it is no longer keeping track of recent places(i have the option checked so it does) and no longer maintaing settings when viewing pictures in windows explorer(ex. viewing by date modified or viewing with a specific program like windows viewer). The minute i close the folder it goes back to a default setting. Please help.

    A:recent places folder is always empty.

    Another long-standing known issue with Windows. Usually caused by a registry error. I don't normally advocate making registry changes, but this is one of those instances where it's largely unavoidable. See if this helps:
    I should add that fixing your profile problem is the answer. You probably won't get the computer to behave properly until you've corrected the problems in the registry.

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    Here?s a very bizarre one:
    I?m using the Customize features in the Folder Properties in Windows 7. I have a whole lot of images of old cars arranged in folders by manufacturer. Each folder image is the manufacturer?s logo, which looks very cool. All very well and good. But now once in a while when I make a new folder, rename it, or sometimes just move it, one of those images will show up on the icon of the new folder! It can be any of them at random. Mind you, the image isn?t in the folder itself, it?s getting it from somewhere else. I can make it go away by using the Restore Default button, but it?s very annoying. Is a bug? What?s going on?
    Darrell Leland

    A:Folder Images Showing Up In Random Places

    Quote: Originally Posted by Andacar

    Here?s a very bizarre one:
    I?m using the Customize features in the Folder Properties in Windows 7. I have a whole lot of images of old cars arranged in folders by manufacturer. Each folder image is the manufacturer?s logo, which looks very cool. All very well and good. But now once in a while when I make a new folder, rename it, or sometimes just move it, one of those images will show up on the icon of the new folder! It can be any of them at random. Mind you, the image isn?t in the folder itself, it?s getting it from somewhere else. I can make it go away by using the Restore Default button, but it?s very annoying. Is a bug? What?s going on?
    Darrell Leland

    If I understand it correctly, the folder icons show the two most recently modified images as part of their thumbnails.

    The easiest way to get around this is to take you favourite picture and save it as "folder.jpg"

    1) The "Normal" thumbnail view of a folder:

    2) Make a copy of the image you want to use, and rename it to "folder"

    3) The thumbnail view of a folder containing an image named "folder.jpg"

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    In Explorer on the left side where the folder tree is, can the tooltips that pop up when the folder name is too long to fit in the folder pane be turned off?

    The reg edits to disable tooltips do not affect those tooltips.

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    Hopefully I?m in the most appropriate location for this inquiry.

    In my pc navigation pane for my main pc it goes Desktop, then the Libraries (Documents, Downloads, etc), Homegroup, Computer (with the listed drives), then last Network. In my secondary pc between Homegroup and Computer it has ?Admin? with many of the same Library menus along with AppData. I would really like to get rid of this extra file location. It used to also have a download location that was a pain and I changed the paths for that but I would still like to get rid of it totally. I was also able to delete some other things that were empty. I think this must be something the previous owner set up as I don?t think I have ever seen one set up like this.

    Not sure but for one thing it appears the AppData in that Admin listing is linked to the User AppData files. I certainly don?t want to delete it if I can?t and cause a mess, but I would really like to clean things up. There is enough confusion and potential problems as it is. Anyone know how to do this? I think this may be the default location for AppData so a path may have to be changed or maybe this is some kind of shared folders situation that needs to be undone. I can make a backup of the AppData files in case deleting it needs to be reversed. Or maybe if this is not really a secondary location using up hard drive space there is a way to hide this listing. Thanks.

    A:Rid me of this Admin navigation pane folder

    You might verify how many accounts exist on the machine ?
    Post a screen shot of what you see as well,
    User Account - Delete

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    I want to be able to have it default to: (Example: U:users/dianefoler/

    How do I set this so when I open "My Computer" it will default to U:users/dianefolder....instead of clicking on each one everytime?

    Thanks for the help

    A:How to default to a folder in the navigator pane

    I don't think you can change the shortcut path of My Computer, however, you can move your My Documents folder to another location, so that those relating shortcuts and links will go to your desired folder.

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    I just installed a fresh version of Win 7 Ultimate. I enclose a screenshot of how my Explorer window and folder pane looks like. I am not happy with it.

    There are two top level items, Favorites and Desktop. When I was running the RC I did not have a desktop item, instead all the items sorting under Desktop in (the screenshot below) were on the same level as Favorites. There were Favorites and then a white space and then my Libraries and then a white space and then my Profile and then a white space and then Computer and then a white space and so on.

    1) Can I get the spacing in between items back somehow?
    2) Can I remove the Homegroup and the Network icons?
    3) Can I move the computer item upwards in the sort order?


    A:Explorer folder pane setup...

    Hello Gridsystems,

    Q1) You might see if using either one of these below may be able to adjust your navigation pane to how you like it for this.Navigation Pane - Show All Folders
    Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder
    Q3) Yes, you can remove Homegroup and Network from the navigation pane.Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
    Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
    Q4) Sorry, but you cannot move the groups themselves in the navigation pane.

    Hope this helps,

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    Hi all,
    Does anyone know how I can add a folder that already exists on my computer to the navigation pane? For example I would like the following folder, C:\emails\, to show up among inbox, outbox and sent items folders.

    Thanks in advance

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    AFter a clean install of WIn 8.1 pro, i notice that in file explorer, navigation pane, the 'this pc' icon is replaced by the 'desktop' icon, and 'this pc' is a sub folder of 'desktop', in effect they have swapped

    this is different to the other win 8.1 machines i have and makes it difficult to navigate

    is their any reason or a fix for this

    thanks in advance

    A:Win 8.1 Navigation Pane on folder issues

    Hello Fisgard, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I'm not sure, but it sounds like you may have Show all folders turned on for the navigation pane. Double check using the tutorial below to make sure it's turned off to see if that is what the issue is.

    Navigation Pane "Show all folders" - Turn On or Off

    If this is not the issue, then please post a screenshot showing this to see what it may be.

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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    Hi basically my original error was something to do with the msiexec.exe file. I kept getting a message saying i couldnt install so i tried fixing this following microsofts advice:

    They told me to change the file extensions of 3 files so that windows will recreate them. They were:

    • Msi.dll
    • Msihnd.dll
    • Msiexec.exe

    They didnt recreate automatically so i deviated from the help guide and moved those files onto the desktop. I then proceeded to restart.

    The computer boots up fine and logs into my user but only my wallpaper picture appears. No files no toolbars. Basically i can't do anything except ctrl alt dlt.

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    So could someone using windows XP sp2 please check whether those 3 files are in the right place. You just have to search msi in the windows folder. since they all start with that.



    A:Windows system files in wrong folder

    All of the noted files are in \System 32

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    Thanks for the help in advance.

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    I need to understand where windows got the 11.5MB from.

    PS I was going to upload a screenshot of the property dialog but could not figure out how to insert a picture into this forum.

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    This is on my mom's laptop. It has a fresh Win 7 install on it about four or five months old. It has very little 3rd party software installed on it. Avast, Office 2007, Firefox, Irfanview, and her HP printer/scanner driver are about all I can think of.

    A couple of weeks ago she created a new folder one level below her "Documents" library (ex. Documents\Projects\Foo) for a project she's working on. It consists mainly of a couple of Word documents and 150 or so photographs. She had me looking at something tangentially related that turned out to be user error.

    But, while looking at that, I noticed something very odd. When navigating to this new work folder in Explorer via the Documents library shortcut in the Navigation Pane, or, when drilling down through the C: drive in the pane, her Foo folder is not visible. But, it shows up in Recent Places.

    When entering the Foo folder from Recent Places and then clicking on Projects in the Address Bar to navigate up to the Projects folder, the Foo folder is visible. But, when I navigate to that same Projects folder any other way, I don't see Foo.

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    I can't figure out how this is even possible. It should either be always visible or never visible. I ... Read more

    A:Folder shows in Recent Places, but not when navigating directly to it

    Click the Start button and click on your User name listed near the top,
    Massive resetting of the hidden attributes can be done by right clicking the (my pictures...) listing, and select Properties,
    General tab section, Check the Hidden box near the bottom, and click on Apply,
    This will change all of the files to hidden, click on yes,
    Then Uncheck the hidden box and Apply,
    This will remove the hidden attribute from all of your files, click on yes,
    Then Lastly click on Apply and Okay.
    Or use this and it will remove the Hidden attributes for you,
    Also you can see this,
    File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

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    Hi - first-time poster looking for help (Googling did not turn up the answer):

    I have numerous clients whose info I keep in folders / subfolders with a set naming convention. As a result, my Recent Places list shows many (sub)folders all with the same name, which isn't very helpful. Is there a way I can include the path to the folders in the Recent Place list to differentiate them? It would greatly increase my productivity! (BTW, I've tried using the folder columns available by right-clicking on the column names in Recent Places - both Folder path and Path return only C:\Users\[username]\App_Data\Roaming... (i.e. the location of the shortcut) vs. the actual path to the true folder).


    A:Recent Places Folder: Show Full Path?

    Did you ever discover a solution? It's definitely a problem not knowing where a Recent Places shortcut refers to.

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    Hello, i have this little issue. I use a custom made software which writes logs to certain directory. The logs are not needed for the software to work, however neither I or someone else can modify the software, but i would like to prevent it from creating logs. The logs are made in .txt . Oh and software/machine are/must be running with admin privileges (UAC is disabled).
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    I also tried adding +r attribute to the folder, but it didn't affect it in any way.

    Any other things i could try? I would prefer that this could be made remotely via cmd/registry/whatever.

    A:Disable access to folder where software places logs

    Sorry this is hard to understand, can you try to explain it clearly.

    What exactly do you want to do with the logs?

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    Hi. I'm still using XP on a netbook. In trying to add a network location to my Send To folder, I accidentally moved the location folder to Send To by dragging it, instead of creating a shortcut as I should have done. Now the location (one of three computers on the network) does not show up in My Network Places. It's in the Send To folder, and I can't move it back, either by dragging or cutting and pasting. How can I restore it to the proper location? Thanks in advance. --smeans2

    A:Network Places folder moved to another location; cannot restore

    System Restore?

    Or, Unlocker?

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    how do i remove the folders?


    A:how do i remove some folder in Computer Navigation Pane

    Welcome to the forum,

    See if one of these tutorials helps you out,

    Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder

    Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

    These show you how to turn that feature on or off.

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    Is there a way to add 'Download' folder located in the user profile folder to the explorer pane without using 'Favorites'?

    A:Adding 'Downloads' folder to explorer pane.

    Hello Asdf123,

    That's what the Favorites folder is for, but I suppose that you could create and use a Download Library instead to accomplish this. Other than this, it's already added to at the C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads location, but you have to open and expand your way down to that location under the Computer group in the navigation pane.

    Hope this helps,

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    The pic is fairly self-explanatory, but as you can see on the left hand side in the folders pane, there is 2 of nearly every folder. Any idea what I have done and how to rectify this?

    Oops sorry it doesn't show up too well on here. It can be viewed at

    A:Vista folders pane showing 2 of every folder

    Hello Howie, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    I believe it would be easier to create a new administrator account, then copy the contents of your old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders into the corresponding new accoun'ts C:\Users\(user-name) folders. If everything checks out ok, then you can delete the old user account while logged on to the new one.

    Hope this helps,

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    I can get Windows Explorer to open to a specific folder in the Right Pane, but it only shows the "Computer" or "C:" level in the Left pane. I have tried pinning the folder to "Start", and have also tried various switches (n, e, select) as the target in Explorer.

    Attached is an example where a shortcut in Start opens TechInfo in the right panel, but not the left.

    Is there any way to open the folder in the left pane also? It's a minor issue, but a pain!


    A:Open explorer to folder in Left Pane

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    OH No I'm two years late BUT
    I have XP & IE6.1 AND Windows Explorer & My Docs both open the same, with the Folders panel greyed out. Usually in Win Exp I see the other files as a sub directory of the one in the Folders panel.

    I have tried
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{EFA24E64-B078-11d0-89E4-00C04FC9E26E}\InProcServer32] @="C:\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM\\SHDOCVW.DLL"
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
    You will find the following 3 sub keys: Explorer, ShellBrowser, WebBrowser
    Delete each of these sub-keys ITBarLayout.
    Use Registry Editor to delete the ExplorerBar value in the following registry key, and then restart your computer: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Reloaded (not repired) XP
    Loaded ie 7 and then unloaded (too confusing)

    ALL did not work
    Please please HELP!!!

    A:Solved: Explorer folder pane greyed out.

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    Good night,

    Is there any way I can disable Explorer's navigation pane for just a single folder when I open it from a desktop shortcut?

    Thank you very much.

    A:Disabling Navigation Pane for Single Folder

    Hello Miguel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Sorry, but the navigation pan can only be turned on or off for all folders in Windows Explorer.

    You might see if using either option below may be able to help using the navigation pane eaier to use if that is the issue.

    Navigation Pane - Show All Folders


    Navigation Pane - Automatically expand to current folder

    Hope this may help,

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    I need to create a Desktop folder on my new Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit machine that, at its most simplest, would have just shortcut Icons. No preview pane, no menu bars, and especially, no Navigation pane.

    I do know how to show/hide the Navigation pane. It appears that it is not possible to hide the Navigation pane in only one specific folder.

    I do not want to change the view of Any Other Folders! I wish, for example, to have the Navigation pane remain visible in other folders.

    It appears to me that Windows 7 locks us out of being able to completely customize individual folders.

    Am I missing some basic understanding?

    Are there third party apps to create a simple desktop folder with ability to select the view (i.e. Large Icons, Details)?


    A:Create Desktop Folder without Navigation Pane

    Hello Win7Newbee, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Sorry, but it is not possible to do this with just one folder. The pane settings affect all folders in Windows Explorer.

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    i love the new left side pane in folder view, but i cannot seem to get it to show 'Desktop'

    id like to place it where the red line is

    [also, can you change the icons for 'libraries' ]

    A:Customize the left hand folder pane?

    Hi al4x,

    The closest I got with adding the desktop icon to the side pane is you can add the desktop Icon by clicking the Favorites arrow.(it might be already there). If you don't have any favorites or the arrow is not there you can add the Desktop Icon to it by Clicking and holding the icon and drag it to the favorites tab..

    I have not been able to figure out if you can just add an icon anywhere in the side pane my guess in no..

    And I have not found a way to change the icons for the libraries..(I don't think you can)

    Hope this Helps..

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    Hi All!

    Growing quite frustrated trying to remove the Navigation Pane from some, but not all, folder views.

    I'm old fashioned and like to launch programs by clicking on icons on the desktop. I know there are "better" , newer ways to accomplish this, but each of us is an expert on what we want. I've already heard all the arguments about just "relaxing" to the new Windows 7 paradigm, enjoy the "new car smell" ,etc. and I reject them, so please don't reiterate them again.

    I also like an uncluttered desktop. My solution since way back in the Win2K days has been to create folders on the desktop with names appropriate to the icons they contain. In XP I could customize each folder's view to have no URL bar, no menus, no toolbars - in other words, just a "box" that held icons. This customization did not effect other explorer.exe windows (typically popped-up via the Windows-e key combo) which would have the full URL bar, menus, navigation pane on the left, etc.

    In Windows 7, it seems as if any settings that I apply to an individual folder view apply to all explorer.exe windows. I've already tried the various folder types such as pictures, general, etc. , but no matter what I do, if I remove the Navigation pane from a folder, it removes it from all.

    I'm willing to hack as deeply as needed to correct this annoying behavior. I've already spent (wasted?) a full man-day (24 hours in front of the computer over a period of 6 days) struggling wi... Read more

    A:Remove Navigation Pane from some folder views?

    Hi Again;

    Man, this is really driving me nuts! I just can't bring myself to belive that the designers of Windows 7 would provide no mechanism for customizing an individual folder view. It seems insane to presume that the view for one folder would be "perfect" for all folders. If it really is designed this way it represents a huge FAIL.

    Any insight at all would be most welcome.


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    I want to be able to hover over folders in my navigation pane and have them expand and then expand again in order that I can drag and drop files into the correct folders. How do I do this? Currently nothing happens when I hover.

    A:How do I turn on the Folder tree in the navigation pane?

    control panel > file options (folder options)

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    I experience this problem in W7 32bit:
    Sometimes when I want to delete a folder, Windows doesnt delete the folder I selected, but the PARENT folder, causing a lot of data loss. I coudn't find anything about this issue on the web.

    Today I accidentally removed 4 GB of data in this way! I was able to recreate the problem and make a screenshot of it.

    You can see I selected a folder called "buroblad" but windows asks me if I want to delete the parent folder called "pc".

    Anyone on how this happens, solutions?

    A:Windows deletes wrong folder (parent directory)

    You are dealing with different conditions:
    Item that has focus (an area or item that can have an action completed)
    State of an item (such as selected/not selected)
    Visual indicator of an item state (selected) but the item does not have focus

    These are NOT the same as focus trumps non-focused state. Requested actions (such as DELETE) are applied to an item that has focus not the non-focus item to which you set the state (selected). To complete the action you wanted, the desired item (subfolder with state = selected) must also have focus.

    To make it even more interesting, it is actually the Windows Explorer pane that receives the focus and you set the state (select) of the item within the pane on which you can apply an action (such as DELETE). In Windows Explorer the left navigation pane can have only one item selected but the right list pane can have one or more items selected.

    In your example, you must have:

    1. Selected (clicked on) the subfolder selection check box (in the right list pane)focus is set to the list pane (right pane) and
    state (selected) is set to your subfolder and
    the visual indicator (check mark) shows the selected state
    2. Then you moved the cursor to and clicked on the parent folder (in the left navigation pane)this changed the focus and state to the parent folder in the navigation pane
    however, the state of your previous action remained as selected in the list pane (as shown by the check mark)
    3. You then requested the DELETE actionthe requested ... Read more

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    First, all of this is new. I've used Vista Ultimate flawlessly for a long time, nothing new has happened (no new programs) I swear this just showed up. I know people say that all the time, but really, I'm not computer illiterate and really, I didnt' change anything. I promise.

    So, I keep my desktop clear and use the Desktop Shortcut toolbar (lower right hand, next to the notification area) to navigate to my programs. For as long as I can remember, when I click down there, I would see TWO shortcuts, the ONLY ONES on my desktop: 1. Shortcuts (I made this one, takes me to my shortcuts folder, where I put.. all my shortcuts), and 2. Recycle Bin.

    Now, when I click down there, I see this:

    The Internet (IE logo... I use Firefox)
    Control Panel.

    Ok, you say, no problem, just go to Personalize>Change Desktop Icons and unclick all of those. But wait.. they aren't clicked there. They aren't. So I have links in my desktop toolbar that ARE NOT on my desktop. If I right click them in my desktop toolbar and select Delete, they do delete, but if I then click on the desktop toolbar again, they are back again. So how do I get rid of the links in the desktop toolbar that A. were never, ever there before, B. I did not put there, and C. are not, in fact, actually on my desktop?

    But it gets even better!

    Public folder, you know the one, it's at C:/Users/Public, right? Sure, mine is there... and it is also linked in my desktop toolbar. B... Read more

    A:Public Folder in two places, desktop icons out of control, where to begin...

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    Hi Guys,
    I have a problem that I want to ask, its something about the file explorer on windows 7 that is kinda annoying for me.

    Sometimes when I open (click or double click) a folder on the navigation pane (folder browser on the left pane of windows explorer),
    somehow the folder will automatically scrolled down to the bottom,
    Not always, but sometimes. Is there anyway to stop it from scrolling down unintentionally?

    Any help is welcome.
    Here is the screen cast:
    [ame=""]YouTube - a4[/ame]

    A:Stopping folder navigation pane auto scrolling down

    Have you changed any system settings? Is there any defining trait as to why it happens, or does it seem random?

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    I am trying to tidy up my hard drives and seem to have a lot of duplication, some intentionally as backups but others not. I had been using Ultra Explorer to do this as I could look at 2 or more drives at the same time in dual-pane view and it gave you folder sizes which Windows Explorer doesn't do. Unfortunately, when I viewed my music folder in Ultra Explorer it gives some strange results, saying there is no content in a folder when I know it is there and I can no longer trust it.

    Please can anyone recommend software which shows the breakdown of files and folders and allows you to do this in dual-pane view. I have tried Folder View by MindGems but this doesn't seem to have a dual-pane view. I am running Vista.

    Thanks for any help.

    A:Show folder size and dual-pane view?

    Try xplorer˛ - lite, I've used it for years and I really like it.

    It has dual panes and to show sub-folder size hit Ctrl+D.

    They also have a paid version, but the free one does everything I need.

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    Often, but not always, the navigation pane in file explorer makes quick up/down motions and in doing so collapses the folder tree in the Library section. As a result I cannot navigate in the left panel (navigation pane) of file explorer as I am not quick enough the click on a sub-folder before the tree collapses. I have the same problem when navigating an "open file" dialogue box which can make opening a file impossible. This happens mostly when disk activity is high such as when search is indexing or my virus scanner is doing its thing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am using a desk top machine.

    A:Navigation pane jumps and folder tree collapses

    Hello rungek, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Turning off "expand to current folder" in the navigation pane should sort that for you.

    Navigation Pane "Expand to Current Folder" - On or Off

    Hope this helps,

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    My user folder appears immediately below Desktop in the Navigation Pane. The subfolders of my user folder are all duplicates of another subfolders and must be "linked" to these other subfolders. Proof of this is a subfolder in my user folder will disappear when I delete the same subfolder under the other folder.

    So, I want to delete my user folder to eliminate duplication in the Navigation Pane. How do I do it? Just a simple deletion performed in the Navigation Pane? Thanks.

    Windows Vista Home Premium

    A:How to remove my user folder from the Vista Navigation Pane

    Hello Steve, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    You could use step 8A in the tutorial below to remove your user folder from the navigation pane in Vista as well.

    User Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,

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    I lost the ability of viewing jpegs (though bitymaps show ok) in the left pane of a folder using 2000Pro.

    Any ideas?

    A:Can't view jpeg's in left pane of a folder running 2k

    take a look here...

    also make sure there is an application associated with jpegs.

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    I want to see my own network folder on the Navigation Pane, so it will display the folder tree in the Nav Pane and not just a link to it in the Favorites jump list. Under My PC shows several links (to C drive and 3 network locations). The folder I want to link to is in one of these locations (\\server03\Home\UserName\My Documents\My Docs). How do I do add this location (My Docs) to the Nav Pane? Thanks!

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    I've just started using hyperlinks in Word. I have a table in Word of links to my favorite folders, documents and bookmarks.

    Links to folders open the folder with the Navigation pane displayed. I can't seem to figure out how to open the folder without the Navigation pane displayed or if that's even possible. My thought was a switch in the "Edit Hyperlink" address window might work but so far no success. Thanks for your help!

    [edited 6/18/15]
    I'm thinking the answer lies somewhere in here. I will test and report back.

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