(Win7HP) FileExplorer - Expanding folders by Keyboard

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OK all you Windows-know-it-alls.
Please and Thank you, what is the keyboard shortcut or keystroke to do the equivalent of the mouse (a) clicking on the little dart to the left or (b) double-clicking on the folder name. in order to expand the folder listing in that left hand pane.
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In this example, I have managed to display the nine sub-folders of folder “20190726” by double-clicking on the “20190726” folder name.
I know that a double-click is twice as expensive as a single click, but the folder name is a much bigger target than the dart.
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For bonus points, what is/are the keystrokes to reverse the process, to collapse folder 20190726 back to a single folder?
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Since you're navigating in the tree to the left, how about right-arrow, and left-arrow to reverse?
(And of course you then navigate using letters.)
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Argus wrote:Since you're navigating in the tree to the left, how about right-arrow, and left-arrow to reverse?
(And of course you then navigate using letters.)
Now Argus, as you know, no-one likes a know-all.
But in my case I’ll make an exception for YOU! :clapping:
“... how about right-arrow, and left-arrow to reverse? (And of course you then navigate using letters.)”
Although this brought me close to tears on account of me slapping my head while saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”, and a second slap for “Of Course! It’s obvious, innit!”

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P.S. Now that the letter “B” takes me to “T:\Batlap\” and “T:\Blotter\”, how do I navigate away from drive T: folders to drive B:?
(I already tried all eight combinations of Ctrl, Shift, Alt. Also collapsing drive T: (with left-arrow) and then “B”.)

Thanks again, and again, and again, ...
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If typing a letter doesn't work, you can use the up arrow and down arrow keys to navigate.
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HansV wrote:If typing a letter doesn't work, you can use the up arrow and down arrow keys to navigate.
Not good enough for a power-hungry geek like me, Hans (Huge Grin!).
I was looking for something astoundingly clever, such as ":B" to go to a drive named B.
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I don't think there is something like that, but perhaps someone will surprise us!
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HansV wrote:I don't think there is something like that, but perhaps someone will surprise us!
I live in hope.
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ChrisGreaves wrote:P.S. Now that the letter “B” takes me to “T:\Batlap\” and “T:\Blotter\”, how do I navigate away from drive T: folders to drive B:?
Not a quick solution but this appears to work for me:
Alt+D takes me to the path field
Typing <b:> would take me to drive B if I had one.

Edited to clarify: That is typing the letter B then a : (colon).

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ChrisGreaves wrote:“Of Course! It’s obvious, innit!”
[...]
P.S. Now that the letter “B” takes me to “T:\Batlap\” and “T:\Blotter\”, how do I navigate away from drive T: folders to drive B:?
(I already tried all eight combinations of Ctrl, Shift, Alt. Also collapsing drive T: (with left-arrow) and then “B”.)
(Yes, it's pretty obvious (:smugsmile: :laugh:), and works great in many places, such as, even if not used every day, the Registry Editor.)

When I navigate like that I would use the first letter in the volume labels (... that exist here). :grin:

Leif's suggestion works great as well. (Though at least here I don't have to enable full path in the title bar; not sure what it would add. In Windows 7 it's only there in the Classic theme, but perhaps you are running 7 in Windows Classic. Just tested ... that was a long time ago; it almost looks like Windows 10. :laugh:)

BTW, if you would like to scroll up or down the tree without shifting focus, moving away from the selected folder, hold down Ctrl while pressing Up or Down arrows.

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Leif wrote:Not a quick solution but this appears to work for me:Alt+D takes me to the path field Typing <b:> would take me to drive B if I had one.
Brilliant.
More brilliant than the sunshine streaming down for the second day this month - if only because this neat trick will go on working as the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.\

Thanks again, again, Leif :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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Argus wrote:Since you're navigating in the tree to the left, how about right-arrow, and left-arrow to reverse?
(And of course you then navigate using letters.)
I am now using the Alt-Left and Alt-Right keys to move through my “most recently used” list of folders, including drive letters! :thumbup:

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