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Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Cursor Position on Open

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    Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Cursor Position on Open


    Here's a simple question that probably doesn't have an easy answer.

    The Navigation Pane on the left side of Windows Explorer has six major categories from top to bottom as follows: Favorites, SkyDrive, Home Group, This PC, Libraries and Network. When I open Windows Explorer, the cursor is positioned on the Library Category. I would prefer the default cursor position to be on Favorites. I assume that there is no easy way to make this change, at least without editing the Registry somewhere.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That's peculiar, my cursor doesn't default to the navigation pane.
    When I'm showing Libraries in the navigation pane and open File Explorer from the taskbar, Libraries is highlighted. When I don't show Libraries, This PC is highlighted.
    I guess you could pin Favorites to the Start Menu and launch it from there.
    Just a thought.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tomel,

    If you like, you could create a Favorites shortcut below, move it to where you want to keep it saved at, then "Pin to taskbar" or "Pin to Start".

    Favorites Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Do you have the box in the picture checked ?

    Mouse Pointer - Snap To Default Button - Windows 7 Help Forums

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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Do you have the box in the picture checked ?

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    Hey David,
    Mine is check marked but it's only a 'Snap To' for action dialogs, not for plain ol navigation.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK.
    I tried to help.
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