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Customizing the Navigation Pane

The Navigation pane provides links to commonly used drives and folders to reduce the number of clicks it takes to locate a file or folder. Windows 7 provides a default list (New!) of favorites, libraries, homegroups, and networks in the Navigation pane. You can customize the list of favorites for your own purposes. You can move current links, add or rename folders, or remove an item. If the Navigation pane gets cluttered, you can restore it back to the original default items and start from there. You can also set Navigation pane options to show all folders (New!) like the Folder list in Windows Vista and automatically expand the folder list to the current folder (New!).

Customize the Navigation Pane

  • Move a link. Drag an item in the Navigation pane to a higher or lower position in Favorites.
  • Add a link. Drag an item from its original location to a position in the Navigation pane in Favorites.
  • Rename a link. Right-click the link in Favorites, and then click Rename. Type a new name, and then press Enter. The original folder or search is not renamed, only the Navigation link.
  • Remove a link. Right-click the link in Favorites, and then click Remove. The original folder or search is not removed, only the Navigation link.
  • Restore default links. Right-click the Favorites link in the Navigation pane, and then click Restore favorite links.
  • Show all folders like the folders list. (New!) Click the Organize button, click Folder and search options, select the Show all folders check box on the General tab, and then click OK.
  • Automatically expand the folder list to the current folder. (New!) Click the Organize button, click Folder and search options, select the Automatically expand to current folder check box on the General tab, and then click OK.
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