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In Windows 7 Windows Explorer, the folders along the left line of the screen do not have the "root lines" found in XP, the lines to the left of the folder names that make it easy to see which folders are at the same level. Is it possible to enable this in Windows 7?

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look at my comment in John T answer. – acidzombie24 Nov 23 '09 at 19:43
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It has been removed in Windows 7 among some other features as listed here. See the 4th point under Windows Explorer. If you are interested in 3rd party tools, check out xplorer² which has this functionality:

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I don't have that option. I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium -- is that the problem? Is there another setting that could enable this option? – xpda Nov 23 '09 at 19:34
What option? The folder options is missing? or the checkbox? – John T Nov 23 '09 at 19:37
"Display simple folder view in Navigation pane" is not under Folder Options, View Tab. I think it was in Vista but removed in Windows 7. – xpda Nov 23 '09 at 19:39
You're correct. – John T Nov 23 '09 at 19:41
Its not in the view tab but general tab in my version (Ultimate) – acidzombie24 Nov 23 '09 at 19:42

I don't know Windows 7, but in Windows XP that "feature" is enabled by disabling "Simple Folder View". Thank you, MS.

For XP, Windows Explorer:

  • Tools | Options menu
  • View tab
  • Uncheck "Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list"

I hope that it's something similar in Windows 7. I feel the same as you, removing the tree lines doesn't actually make the view "simpler".

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did you try to click on the bar once(open area). after doing so it will give you the full address in windows 7

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Yes, I can see the full address. I would like to see the lines along the left side of the folders that shows their level. Microsoft apparently removed this feature from Windows 7. – xpda Nov 24 '09 at 15:38

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