How to Show the Navigation Pane in Windows 7

Last updated on April 21st, 2023 at 05:24 pm

Windows Explorer is the application on your Windows 7 computer that you probably use to browse through your folders and files. The Windows Explorer display can be customized in a number of different ways, and one of those options is for a Navigation Pane at the left side of the window. This typically contains a list of your Favorites, as well as libraries and drives on your computer.

For many Windows 7 users, the Navigation Pane is an important part of how they navigate through their computers, so it can be frustrating to locate certain files or foldersĀ if that option is gone. Fortunately you can re-enable display of this pane by following our tutorial below.


How to Display the Navigation Pane in Windows 7

The steps in this article will assume that your navigation pane is currently hidden from view in Windows Explorer. Following the steps below will cause the navigation pane to be displayed at the side of the window in Windows Explorer, allowing you to access your favorites more easily. There are several ways to open Windows Explorer, but the quickest way is through an icon in your taskbar. If you do not have an icon for it in your taskbar, then this article will show you how to add one.


Step 1: Click the folder icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. If the folder icon is not there, then simply open any folder on your computer, or click the Start icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then type “windows explorer” into the search field and press Enter on your keyboard.

open windows explorer



Step 2: Click the Organize button in the blue bar near the top of the window.

click the organize button



Step 3: Click the Layout option, then click the Navigation Pane option.

click layout, then click navigation pane



You should now see the Navigation Pane as the column at the left side of the window.

navigation pane is displayed



Are there hidden files or folders on your computer, such as the AppData folder, that you need to access? Learn how to display these hidden files so that you can find them more easily.

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