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Use double-pane Explorer when opening network drives (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP) New

By default when opening network drives (UNC) the Explorer window opens with a single-pane which does not show the Folders section on the left-hand side. This tweak changes the default behavior to open network drives with a double-pane view.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called "(Default)" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ[ExploreFolder("%l", %I, %S)]|
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|HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec]
Value Name: (Default)
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: ([ViewFolder("%l", %I, %S)] = default, [ExploreFolder("%l", %I, %S)] = double-pane view)

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Last modified: February 12, 2007