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    Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer
    How to Turn the Navigation Pane On or Off in Vista
    Published by Brink is offline
    08 Jun 2007
    Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    How to Turn the Navigation Pane On or Off in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to turn the Navigation Pane on or off in Vista. The Navigation Pane displays the Favorite Links and Folder Tree inside a Windows Explorer window. It iis turned on by default.
    Note   Note
    The Navigation Pane pane Layout settings are universal for all Windows Explorer folder templates. It can only be turned on or off in all windows.
    warning   Warning
    If you want to have a folder open in a separate window all the time, then you will need to turn off the Navigation pane. For how, see: How to Open Each Folder in the Same or it's Own Separate Window in Vista


    EXAMPLE: The Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer
    Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer-navigation_pane.jpg




    OPTION ONE

    Through Windows Explorer

    1. Click on the Organize toolbar button in Windows Explorer.

    2. Click on Layout.

    3. To Turn Off the Navigation Pane -
    A) Click on Navigation Pane to unhighlight the icon.
    4. To Turn On the Navigation Pane -
    A) Click on Navigation Pane to highlight the icon.
    Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer-organize.jpg




    OPTION TWO

    Through a REG File Download

    1. To Turn On the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer -
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the
    Turn_Navigation_Pane_On.reg file below.
    download
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Turn Off the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer -
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the
    Turn_Navigation_Pane_Off.reg file below.
    download
    3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

    4. Right click the .reg file (On Desktop) and click on Merge.

    5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

    6. Close and reopen any open Windows Explorer window to apply.

    7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file on the desktop if you like.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    What I'd like to do is turn off the 'Folder' (Tree) pane

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    Hi AvatarOfTheShip,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Well, turning of the Navigation Pane would certainely turn off the Folder tree.

    If you do not want to turn the Navigation Pane off, then you could move the mouse pointer over the live between Favorite Links and Folders until it turns into a double pointed arrow. Just press and hold the left mouse button to drag the Folders pane line down to the bottom to hide it. This will leave just the Favorite Links part.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    Hi Brink, thanks - and yes, you're right, that would sort of hit the spot. It's just that it seems as if Microsoft had a really nice idea to redesign Explorer, and right at the end someone's jumped up out of their seat and cried in a loud and piercing voice: "They'll never buy not having a tree view!" Soon the room was in panic and the tree view was clumsily and inelegantly welded and bolted back on. Does anyone else think this or am I alone wise in my generation?

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    LOL, that sounds very plausible.

    Well, at least we can adjust the size or hide the Favorite Links and Folders tree, or just turn the whole thing off.

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    yes, I do like the Favorites pane

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by AvatarOfTheShip View Post
    yes, I do like the Favorites pane
    You can try some useful things to extend its use

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    Simple fix.....but frustrating the hell out of me because I didn't know what I was looking for!

    Thanx!

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    Your welcome Vincent, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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    Re: Navigation Pane in Vista Windows Explorer

    Is there any way to completely turn off or remove the Navigation Pane? I would be ok with removing it as an option from the registry or deleting system files, if I knew exactly which could be removed safely, as I never use it.

    I've turned the annoying thing off numerous times, and it stays off if I navigate to the folder either through opening Computer or typing the path directly into the Start:Run prompt. But if I get to the folder from an application's "Show In Explorer" command, the Navigation Pane is automatically turned on again.

    There's something else strange about that method as well that leads me to believe IE is being asked to perform the open or is at least involved. I was getting an error every time I opened a new IE window. I got the same error when opening folders in that method. After fixing the error in IE, both went away.

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