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Explorer Bar in Folder View by Default

Last response: in Windows XP
December 29, 2012 12:35:29 PM

I wish to have the Explorer Bar with Folder View as Default for left pane when opening a explorer window.

I found answers (archived) on this elsewhere here, but the solutions failed for me, the problem:

No folder list in the left pane by default.

I Select Folders from the View - Explorer Bar menu selection and the folder list appears. Select Tools - Folder Options and press the Apply to all folders.
But when I re-open Windows Explorer later I don't get the folders list, just the windows junk in the left pane.

My solution: I found a registry entry


set the Default to: [ExploreFolder("%l", %I, %S)]

Worked for me under Win XP SP3

Why does Microsoft make it so hard to get windows do what you want, no what Microsoft thinks you must have!
January 7, 2013 9:51:57 PM

tried this on another winXP, worked perfect!

If it helps a registry file for this would contain:

  1. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  3. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec]
  4. @="[ExploreFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)] "
  5. "NoActivateHandler"=""
  7. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\application]
  8. @="Folders"
  10. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec]
  11. @="[]"
  13. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\topic]
  14. @="AppProperties"

PS Whats with the auful autoplay video on these pages & the massive javascript that slows access a ton, are they trying to drive everyone away?