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  1. #11

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You might see if renaming it from "A:" to something else may help since that drive letter is usually reserved for a floppy drive.
    Hey Shawn, thanks for taking the time to always be so helpful (I've read DOZENS of your posts for tweaking my computer and am so grateful for your tips -They've made Windows 8.1 bearable!).

    I wanted to get back to you on my problem to let you know I found a solution that just might be helpful for others. Before using the "A" letter for my "My Documents" partition, I had read various posts stating that so much time had passed since MS had used the "A" and "B" drives that people had begun using them without any problems. That has been my experience as well and the problem I described above turned out to be no exception.

    After reading your post, I decided to reassign my drive to the letter "D" to see if that might solve the problem, but it did not (To clarify, I'm using an AutoHotKey script of "Win + E" to open a folder but it would open that folder within a library on the navigation pane rather than the actual folder tree). After switching the drive back to the letter "A", I set out to discover the solution and found not only what I needed but something else as well.

    Oddly enough, if a person creates a shortcut of a folder from the library (instead of the actual folder tree) and then places that shortcut on the taskbar, it will open the folder within the library and not the actual folder tree. In fact, I found that the "properties" of the shortcuts I made -and specifically the folder path, were identical between a shortcut I created from the library part of the navigation pane and the regular folder; however each shortcut pointed to its respective origin (One from the library of the folder and the other from the actual folder). Am I making any sense?

    So back to my solution for using the "Win + E" AHK script. My original line read: "#e::Run, A:\Work" and would always open into the library folder; however by changing it to: "#e::Run, explorer.exe A:\Work" (adding "explorer.exe"), the navigation pane goes directly to the actual folder tree. Problem solved.

    Have a great day!

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  2. #12

    Posts : 21,851
    64-bit Windows 10

    Great news Peter.
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