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When i open windows explorer, I usually navigate it with keyboard most of the time. My biggest annoyance is when I open a folder, and in it I want to open the first folder or file in the list. For this, I have to press the down arrow key, and the up arrow to get the focus on that file/folder. How could I make Explorer, automatically focus on the first file, so once i open the folder, I can just click enter and it opens?

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I know this absolutely sucks and there is no reason why you should have to do this, but you can also press space to focus on the first file.

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Pressing 'space' is better than 'page up' –  Omtara May 1 '14 at 19:48
Very nice. space isn't so bad. –  Michael Kropat Jul 22 '14 at 19:58

This workarround may be helpful try using Enter to open a folder then PageUp to select the first file/folder the key page up will select the first subfolder on the opened folder

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I think you misunderstood my answer i mean press the key "Enter" to open a folder then press "Page Up" and the first folder/file is selected so it's only two keystrokes instead. –  kamalam Jan 13 '13 at 18:47

I faced the same problem so I created a simple AutoHotKey script to solve this problem

#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass           ; Applicable to Windows Explorer
        SendInput {Enter}                       ; Press the enter
        Sleep 100                               ; Wait while directory is opened 
        IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass    ; Check again if active windows is an Explorer. This is to prevent running our code on dialog box. e.g. clicking on "c:\Documents and Settings" on Windows 8
            SendInput {Space}                   ; Press space. It just select first item
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