Windows Explorer question

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Windows Explorer question

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I got Win 11 on a new laptop. I notice that in the Windows Explorer folder drop down, no matter what's open, I get the same single item in the drop down. It's a D: drive that is not currently connected. Does anyone know how I can restore the directory tree that I used to see in that drop down?

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The drop-down contains a list of typed paths. It is stored in the Windows registry, in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths.
You can delete the entries in that registry key, then restart Windows Explorer. The old entry will then be gone.
I don't think you can make the drop-down display a folder tree.
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Hmm. I'm wary of going into the registry, and if it won't restore the folder tree it doesn't really matter to me.

But, just checking ... I'm not wrong that File Explorer used to allow navigation via that drop down, am I? I often doubt my memory, but I'm pretty sure that was a handy feature.

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I'm afraid I don't remember :gramps:
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LOL. Well, Gramps to Gramps, I'm not going to worry about it. Thanks for remembering how the drop down works, though.

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HansV wrote:
29 Dec 2021, 16:33
The drop-down contains a list of typed paths.
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I don't think you can make the drop-down display a folder tree.
I'm with Hans on this - and I don't recall there being a tree available there either.

If you click on "This PC" it should expand downwards and show your connected/mapped drives.
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I've just looked at the Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and 10, and there's no tree in the dropdown. Only an unsorted list of paths.

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Mercy! I can't imagine what I was thinking of. I know there was something, somewhere. I just pulled out my Win10 laptop to check and you're all right (of course).

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:blush: The light has dawned. It's the Open dialog box that has the directory tree, not File Explorer.