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Windows Explorer Navigation Pane - What am I doing wrong?

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    Windows Explorer Navigation Pane - What am I doing wrong?


    I'm a 5 day Win 8 new-bee leaning new stuff every day.
    The latest thing to have me stumped is the Navigation Pane in explorer.
    I don't want them all to look the same. I have folders on my desktop, in which all I want to see is the short cuts to apps. I went into View/Navigation Pane, and deselected Navigation Pane. I got the look I wanted, but it applied to all folders that I opened. Whenever I click on Windows Explorer, the Navigation pane was missing. If I restored it, it again applied to all folders. I am NOT clicking on Apply to All Folders in View/Options. So why can't I get what I want?

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    Hello Jeff, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In File Explorer (renamed Windows Explorer), the navigation pane turn on or off setting is a universal setting for all folders and libraries windows. It can't be turned on or off for some and not others.

    It was this way in Vista and Windows 7 as well.
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    Thanks for the info. It would be nice to have a cleaner looking container to group my shortcuts in.
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    Well, the navigation pane is used to navigate your drives and file directories instead of shortcuts.

    If you like, you might see if using Quick Launch or the free program 7stacks on your taskbar may work to keep your shortcuts in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Well, the navigation pane is used to navigate your drives and file directories instead of shortcuts.
    It's true, but nothing prevents one from dropping app shortcuts to shell:links.
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    Nope.
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    I just put folders on my desktop for various groups of apps, and put the shortcuts in those folders. As best I can remember, that's how I've done in since Windows 3. I just had the option of having it look clean by not showing anything other than the shortcut icons when I click on one of the folders, without it affecting the appearance of other folders in the system.
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