Customizing the Navigation Pane
There's one last part of the Windows Explorer window to personalize, and that's the navigation pane. There are two things you can customize about this pane—which folders are displayed and which items are shown in the Favorites section.
Displaying More Folders
By default, the navigation pane displays five sections: Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, and Network. There are other folders that could be displayed, however, including Desktop, your main user folder, and the Recycle Bin. To display these items, follow these steps:
- From within Windows Explorer, select Organize, Folder and Search Options. (Alternately, open the Control Panel and select Folder Options.)
- When the Folder Options dialog box appears, select the General tab, shown in Figure 6.19.
Figure 6.19 Adding more items to the navigation pane.
- In the Navigation Pane section, check the Show All Folders option.
- Click OK.
Adding Items to the Favorites Section
And what about the Favorites section of the navigation pane, where your supposed "favorite" folders are displayed? What if these really aren't your favorites? What if you want to always show more folders here?
It's actually quite easy to add items to the Favorites section. All you have to do is follow these steps:
- From within Windows Explorer, navigate to and open the folder you want to display in the Favorites list.
- Right-click the Favorites item in the navigation pane and select Add Current Location to Favorites.
I like having a few particular folders present in the navigation pane whenever I open Windows Explorer. Adding those folders to the Favorites list makes this happen.