Windows 10: How to show an (expandable) folder virtually at high level in Explorer

Discus and support How to show an (expandable) folder virtually at high level in Explorer in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello, OneDrive, for example, is displayed at Desktop level. It functions there as an (expandable) folder even though it is of course not the true... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by q9q, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. Q9Q
    q9q Win User

    How to show an (expandable) folder virtually at high level in Explorer


    Hello, OneDrive, for example, is displayed at Desktop level. It functions there as an (expandable) folder even though it is of course not the true location. It also shows up in the right explorer pane of Desktop as an object. Parallels manages to display another "virtual" explandable folder at Desktop level (which does not show as an object in the right pane, though I personally don't care about this aspect). Its name is "Mac Files", and obviously it represents a folder in MacOs File System, corresponding to the network connection that Parallels establishes to the Mac File System outside of the VM. Searching the registry, "Mac Files" does show up in an item at Computer\HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3051861004-3005662910-3786600020-1000\Software\Classes\CLSID\{dede6ed1-7013-4991-b269-775ec466900f}, where one can also find a couple of subfolders. I find this extremely handy, to have high level access to specific folders. I wonder if anybody knows of any instructions or even some software that can create such virtual folders? In particular, I want to create virtual folders at Desktop level for the MAC Desktop and MAC Downloads, i.e. locations that I currently access via \\Mac\Home\Desktop OR \\Mac\AllFiles\Users\myusername\Desktop OR Y:\Desktop OR Z:\Users\myusername\Desktop , all of which point to the same location and are provided by Parallels. Note: "Mac" is displayed as "Mac Files" in the folder tree but it is actually just "Mac" in the path. The reason why I would like to have access at top level to the Mac Desktop and Downloads is because there are a lot of folders at the same level where Desktop and Downloads are located, at having that level expanded takes a lot of vertical space in the folder tree. Thanks for any help / ideas!

    :)
     
  2. Ralph Sta Win User

    Expanding folders in file explorer

    Hi,

    In answer to your query, yes, there's an option to change the Folder View Options of your File Explorer. To do so, follow these steps:

    • Open File Explorer.
    • Click File tab.
    • Select Change folder and search options.
    • Click View tab.
    • Under Advanced settings, scroll down to Navigation pane.
    • Check Expand to open folder, Show all folders, and
      Show libraries.

    You can also check all the options, and set it up the way you wanted.

    We'll be here if you need more help.
     
    Ralph Sta, Jul 20, 2021
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  3. File Explorer navigation pane sometimes expands to show all folders and sometimes consolidates shows only the selected folder

    Both the folders that expand fully and those that partially expand have exactly the same settings, which are as you suggested, so this didn't solve the problem. Any other ideas?
     
    Bruce Needham, Jul 20, 2021
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  4. How to show an (expandable) folder virtually at high level in Explorer

    How To Enable Expandable Folders


    I just thought of something that might interest you.

    Collapse the breadcrumbs in File explorer's address bar by pressing an open area of the address bar, then add a backslash '\' to the address. This gives you a a list of folders one level down.


    How to show an (expandable) folder virtually at high level in Explorer [​IMG]

    If you select a folder from the list, you can add the backslash to that address and drill down the folder tree.

    That's all I have.

    Bill
     
    Slartybart, Jul 20, 2021
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