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?

3 Answers 3


The space key selects the first folder or file in the list.

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    Pressing 'space' is better than 'page up'
    – Omtara
    May 1, 2014 at 19:48

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

    ControlGetText path, ToolbarWindow323
    Sleep 100           
    if WinActive("ahk_class CabinetWClass") {
        ControlGetText new_path, ToolbarWindow323
        if (new_path != path) {
            SendInput {Space}

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, 2013 at 18:47
  • 10 years later and still helpful.
    – user1820994
    Oct 8, 2023 at 22:46

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