How to Set the Navigation Pane to Automatically Expand to the Current Folder

in How To, Windows 7


I just find the default behavior of Windows 7 explorer to be annoying. The left navigation pane doesn’t automatically expand to the current folder. If you wish to change this behavior to expand the directory tree when a folder is selected, do the following:

1. Open windows explorer.
2. Press alt + F (do not release the alt key upon pressing the letter F).
3. Select Tools on the menu then Folder options.
4. On the general tab make sure the following option is ticked.

5. Click on Apply or OK and you are done!

Open an explorer window and whenever you choose a folder the tree will automatically expand and reveal the directory structure towards the current folder. Hope this helps. ^_^

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

geez April 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

geez, thanks been looking all over. couldn’t believe i can find it here, cheers mate!

Pj February 19, 2011 at 2:24 am

Thanks! I found this behavior in Windows 7 REALLY annoying. Glad to find this fix

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