Win XP / 2003 File Explorer: how to have the folder tree show by default
Tired of clicking on the â€œFoldersâ€ button to see the folder tree every time you open Windows Explorer?
Here are a few simple steps to have the folder tree always show up in windows explore (Win XP / Windows Server 2003):
- Click Start > Control Panel > Folder Options
- Click the File Types tab
- Scroll down until you locate the icon that looks like a folder in the â€œExtensionsâ€ column. It will have the word â€œ(NONE)â€ after the icon and the â€œFile Typesâ€ column will show “Folder” (not â€œFile Folderâ€, but just â€œFolderâ€)
- Select that entry and click the Advanced button. From that window set the default action to â€œexploreâ€ and click â€œOKâ€.
- Press OK to dismiss the various dialogs
From this point on every time you’ll invoke the file explorer (for example through start -> run -> “C:” -> enter), it will have the folder tree pointing to the current location in the folder / files structure.
Sort of an old trick — but couldn’t easily spot a solution to this out there after a quick googling around, and figured to share it here.