Archive for June, 2009

Fixing Explorer to NOT Explore…Or NOT!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Have you ever had the problem where you click on the “My Computer” and you get the Explorer window that shows all the drives, but it also includes the “Folders” window off on the left, you know the one that you get when you click the “Folders” button next on the Explorer Navigation Bar at the top.

Or maybe your the type of person who WANTS the “Folders” window to be displayed on the left.

Either way, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I prefer NOT to have this “Folders” window active because it gets in the way when I’m viewing a folder as thumbs such as a picture gallery or video gallery. Over the last few weeks I’ve had my computers rebuilt here at the office and they always seem to come back with this “Folders” window as the default, as in I open a folder or “My Computer” and I get this Folder view on the left. For me it is VERY annoying!!! Furthermore, closing the window EVERY SINGLE TIME is not a feasible solution because it is also annoying and time consuming when you have to add one extra click to EVERY SINGLE WINDOW you open! So I went hunting for a solution today! After several hours of hacking the Windows Registry I found the solution that didn’t require digging into the Windows Registry at all.

All you have to do is open an Explorer window and click the