Show Folder Tree in Windows 7 Explorer

I spend a lot of my time switching between folders in Windows explorer and the Windows 7 explorer has been driving me nuts lately.

Win7 (or at least the build I have) by default does not auto expand the tree view when you navigate between folders.

The result being you don’t see the usually tree hierarchy on the left pane. Which makes it quite painful if you want to go up a few levels or see the other parent folders.Windows7-Explorer

Luckily there is a new Folder Option called Navigation Pane to switch them back on again. You need to press Alt + T or Organize –> Folder Search Options in Windows Explorer to get to the dialog. Windows7-FolderOptions

Switch both of them on and viola I get my beloved tree view back.

Windows7-Explorer-Expanded 

PS- Most of my UW colleagues use other explorers and didn’t have to feel this pain.

Show Folder Tree in Windows 7 Explorer
  • http://www.JonathanRainer.com Jonathan Rainer

    Props to you. Not having the folder tree had been driving me nuts, too. This makes moving folders up and down parent and child folders so much easier! Thanks!

  • http://distparser.com Jean-Marc

    Did you find a way to always have the “+” sign displayed and not only when the mouse is rolling over???

  • Julian

    I have faith that ultimately human ingenuity can triumph over “product development”. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Seems like MS are being paid to fix it regardless, and losing customers as a result judging by some of the posts. XP is a great interface. Same goes for Office 2007- why did they do it? Everything takes twice as long now. Luckily Word 2002 still runs on W7.

  • Kas Sommers

    Thank you. This has been driving me nuts too.

  • Jane

    Thank you so much … this has been driving me bonkers too … much appreciated :)

  • DanielSchulzJackson

    Hey, thanks for this! It’s helping a colleague of mine. Also I like your site slogan.

  • Robert Seetzen

    Very helpful, thanks a lot! Mostly using linux for some years now, so
    even though this drove me mad from time to time, I really didn’t know
    how to solve it.