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    File Manager, as long as I can remember (before computers!) showed what is now my user menu: Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Documents, et al. in the left pane with a tree structure, so I could open Documents in the left pane, see the dropdown of my folders there below and, if I clicked on a folder, the files in that folder would open in the right window. I didn’t have to search for it every time, it came up that way automatically.

    I want that back.

    I’m not interested in searching in My PC/users/myname/ just to get to the same place I’m used to starting. I’m not interested in clicking on Documents in Quick Start and getting the folders on the right–how do I copy files from one folder to another this way without endless unnecessary searching? I’m glad the programmers got paid to revise something that worked fine–but now I want to unfix it. How can I do this? Am I missing something obvious? Aauggh!

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    • #2502182

      Perhaps you need to change the default folder to open in Folder Options:

      Change Folder to Open File Explorer to by Default in Windows 11

      Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.1192 + Microsoft 365/Edge

    • #2502197

      Okay, let me clarify:

      In Win 10, I open File Manager and the left frame holds Quick Access and then, below it, This PC:
      And This PC was open to my personal folders: (for example) Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. If I clicked on the carat to the left of Documents, I got all my subfolders and if I clicked on a subfolder, the files in it would show up in the right frame.
      Now, to get to that location, I have to navigate to Windows/Users/myname/ just to get my personal folders. And I have to redo that every time I open File Manager.
      I don’t understand how this benefits anyone but I just want it to work the way it used to, as described above. How can I make that happen?

      • #2502216

        In W10 I just right-click on the folder I want to see and select “Pin to Quick Access”. Do you not have this option?

        Windows 10 Home 22H2, Acer Aspire TC-1660 desktop + LibreOffice, non-techie

        • #2502229

          But then I still don’t get the tree structure. The folder just sits there and the subfolders show up on the right. I want them on the left and the files on the right to make it easier to copy files around.


    • #2502232

      See How to restore the classic File Explorer in Windows 11 | TechRepublic, There is no guarantee that this will continue to work after any Windows update.


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