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Author Topic: Context menu option to open Windows Explorer without navigation pane  (Read 1681 times)

mraeryceos

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My hat is off for all you Linux users out there... bless you.  I hope more consumers jump on board.

In Windows XP, I have three options within the context menu of a Windows Explorer folder: <b>Open</b>, Open, and Explore.
<b>Open</b> opens in the current window
Open opens a new window without the navigation pane (aka folder tree)
Explore opens a new window with the navigation pane

I think it has to do with this:
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]
"BrowserFlags"=dword:00000022
"ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000021

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]
@="%SystemRoot%\\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]
"BrowserFlags"=dword:00000010
"ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000012

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command]
@="%SystemRoot%\\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L"

How do you do this in Windows 7?

cmpm

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Re: Context menu option to open Windows Explorer without navigation pane
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 10:31:34 AM »
will this help?

http://www.sevenforu...n-pane-turn-off.html

It's not a right click option and it will turn off the navigation pane for all folders.

Maybe option 2 could be added to the right click menu. It's a .reg file deal.

mraeryceos

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Re: Context menu option to open Windows Explorer without navigation pane
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 10:55:40 AM »
Yes I had seen that.  It is a permanent toggle.  I guess a script can be made: turn off, launch the window, turn on.  But I don't even understand how it works in the Win7 registry.  There is no command there; the action part is passed off to somewhere else.

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Re: Context menu option to open Windows Explorer without navigation pane
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 09:26:25 AM »
I don't know if this helps at all, but I use a little non-install app which lets you add/remove buttons in the W7 Command Bar/Toolbar, whatever it's called : )

Explorer Toolbar Editor

It doesn't do your required context menu item, but it does mean that when you open a new window it's just one click to close or open the navigation pane instead of faffing about in the Organise menu. And then of course if you close a window with the nav pane hidden, the setting will be remembered.