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How to open folder in single pane when using the "Winkey + E" combination?

Published: Sep 23, 2005
Updated : June 12, 2006
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Introduction

When you press the WinKey + E keys, My Computer window opens with the folder pane enabled (Explorer view). If you wish to turn off the Folder pane view when you use the WinKey + E combination, you may use the registry edit discussed in this article.

Modifying the DDE string

  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell \ explore \ ddeexec

  • Backup the key by exporting to a file
  • Double-click (default) and set its data to:

[ViewFolder("%l", %I, %S)]

  • Close Regedit

How to revert back the setting ?

To undo the above procedure, set the (default) to the following:

[ExploreFolder("%l", %I, %S)]

Known issue

The above setting causes a minor issue when you open a folder using one of these two methods:

  • When you right-click the My Documents or My Pictures icon in Start Menu and choose Explore, it executes open instead (single pane view)
  • When you right-click a "folder shortcut" and choose Explore, it executes open instead (single pane view)