Is there a shortcut ( or a setting ) to expand the navigation pane folders to the currently open folder in the right pane ? I seem to recall Win2K and maybe XP era explorer did that automatically, but not in Win7. Clicking expand arrows on folders on the left one by one gets me there, but there surely must be a faster way ?

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    Do you have this set? Go to "Organise" menu select "Folder Options" (or tools menu, Folder options). In the "General" tab look in the "Navigation Pane" section for [x] Automatically Expand to Current Folder.
    – Psycogeek
    Apr 10 '14 at 3:27
  • Yes now i do, and it does exactly what i needed. As it happens it occured to me to look there right after i posted the question. I'll leave the question open - maybe there is a shortcut key too.
    – kert
    Apr 10 '14 at 3:59
  • You could right-click anywhere on the navigation pane to enable that setting too.
    – Shazvi
    Apr 10 '14 at 10:25

The shortcut key to expand the navigation pane to the current folder is Ctrl + Shift + E.

  • That doesn't work on Windows 7 (which is the OP's Operating System).
    – DavidPostill
    Apr 13 '16 at 9:23
  • It works on my system (Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64).
    – user582226
    Apr 13 '16 at 17:45
  • Hmm. Here the cursor just jumps to another entry on the nav pane on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64. I can't think why explorer would behave differently for different version of Windows 7 ...
    – DavidPostill
    Apr 13 '16 at 17:50
  • Are you looking in the Navigation pane?
    – user582226
    Apr 14 '16 at 15:02
  • Yes. I have a folder selected in the nav pane showing +. I type <ctrl>+<shift>+<e> and the selection moves downwards to some other folder, but no expansion occurs.
    – DavidPostill
    Apr 14 '16 at 15:16

FYI – after you upgrade to Windows 8, there is a setting for what you need. See Expand to open folder in open menu on the left:

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