Thursday, October 20th 2005

Ahh… Finally – No More Auto-Expanding Folders on This Computer

This has been bugging me for ages: The folders in Windows XP auto-expand when you click on them in the folder tree of Windows Explorer. Finally, thanks to this page, I have learnt how to disable them.

The pref isn’t exactly intuitively labeled. They call it Display Simple Folder View, which is really several prefs in one. Apart from the auto-expanding it also sets the visual style of the folder tree – hiding the branches if enabled:

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  1. jer says:

    Am I just not noticing the difference in these graphics? they look identical to me

  2. David Naylor says:

    Sorry about that. You are not blind – it was me who managed to insert the same picture twice. Fixed now.:-)

  3. jer says:

    I still don’t really see any difference. Well, theres that orange block, but all the branches look the same.. I think I’m just not understanding what you’re saying.

  4. David Naylor says:

    The visible difference in the shots are the tree branches, which are not visible at all with the default XP settings.The main reason I changed that pref (disabling automatic expansion when you click on a folder) obviously doesn’t make any difference to the appearance.