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I'm sure this has been answered a million times around the web, but I dont know quite what question to ask.

Basically before windows 7 if I opened a folder in the right hand pane when using windows explorer the corresponding folder would be expanded in the treeview on the left.

This is no longer happening. Can I switch it on on Windows 7.

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up vote 9 down vote accepted
  • Right click an empty space in the left panel and check [x] Expand to current folder (Thank you, surfasb):

    Right click


  • Check [x] Automatically expand to current folder in Folder Options > General > Navigation pane:


    Folder Options

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Thank you. I feel a bit thick now :) – Toby Allen Nov 30 '11 at 19:33
Don't sweat it. It's never a bad idea to ask a simple question. Someone might have the same question and end up here. It's handy. :) – iglvzx Nov 30 '11 at 19:36
You can also right click an empty area in the TreeView and get the option there. – surfasb Dec 1 '11 at 2:58
@surfasb Added it! – iglvzx Dec 1 '11 at 3:16


I guess I should have gone looking.

Organise > Folder and Search Options > Automatically Expand to Current Folder.

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Here's something you may find useful:

If you want to expand all the folders and subfolders for a particular drive, click on that drive and press the ' * ' key on the numeric keyboard.

To expand individual highlighted folders press '+'

Who knew?? :-)

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Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. – DavidPostill Apr 10 at 8:06

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