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Explorer Navigation Pane Item Order?


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#1 MilesAhead

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:21 PM

When I open Windows Explorer, on the left side navigation pane I have:

Favorites

Libraries

Homegroup

Computer

Network


Since I navigate to other drives much more often than I use Libraries, I'd like to put Computer at the top. However attempts to drag & drop to change positions produce no joy.

Is there a way I can remove then restore to change the order? Or maybe edit the Registry to shift the order? To me Homegroup should be way at the bottom and Computer should be at the top.

Anyone know the secret?

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

I'm pretty sure, you can't change that order.
You can hide some items though.
The easiest way would be to use 3rd party tool, such as this one: http://www.door2windows.com/windows-7-navigation-pane-customizer-show-hide-rename-items-in-windows-explorer-navigation-pane/

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:17 PM

Thanks for the response. I was just coming back to post about that utility. I just ran it and it's the next best thing. I have Libraries collapsed, then Computer expanded. It's a bit of a pain(pun intended) but you can click another drive, then right click and Open In New Window, then go to the previous window and hit the Back Arrow. Now you have 2 windows for drag & drop.

Those are the only 2 I have in the pane. That way Computer isn't pushed down requiring a vertical scroll.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:33 PM

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:26 PM

I've been writing a lot of little gizmos to use with Explorer. The one I use most remembers recent folders. Instead of relying on that I think I'll just write a dedicated program to open sets of 4 folders I use all the time. I keep trying Q-Dir and it seems like it should be cool. 4 qudrants with a folder in each. Seems like every time I try running concurrent tasks it gets hinky though. Things bog.

The trouble with file managers is they come up kind of slowly. To leave one open all the time seems like overkill. So I tend to use Explorer drag & drop even with the inconveniences.

One of the gotcha's is when I'm editing and trying the script it's the tool I use to open folders, so since it's not running I end up using other stuff to do it. Ironic. :)

Edited by MilesAhead, 21 May 2011 - 09:30 PM.

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