Renaming by two clicks in Left Pane

February 7, 2010 at 05:06:31
Specs: Windows XP PRO SP2
On my laptop with XP-PRO SP2 installed I can rename a file or folder in both the left and right explorer panes by slowly left clicking twice on the file or folder name (not the icon).

I really like not having to right click and select rename from the context menu. However, I am unable to rename files and folders in the left explorer pane on either of my two desktop PCs, one with XP-PRO SP2 installed, the other with XP-PRO SP3 installed.

Is there a Registry modification or a setting somewhere I could change on my two desktops to allow me to rename in the left pane by clicking the name twice. I am comfortable making Registry modifications and I am careful to make backups of the Registry keys and values before changing them. I have searched the internet using Google but have been unable to find the answer. I would greatly appreciate any information on this subject. Thanks.


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#1
February 7, 2010 at 08:02:00
Just to give my thoughts ---
I find that such things annoying.
My guess is that such things may be related to whatever the Double Click Speed settings are, in Mouse Properties.

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#2
February 7, 2010 at 08:23:48
Why not just click and hit F2?

LIR


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#3
February 7, 2010 at 16:34:43
Thanks for responding. In regards to the first reply, I can click twice to rename in the right pane of both desktops PCs so it is not a mouse setting. In regards to the second reply I appreciate your suggestion but to make things clearer I am not interested in any other alternative method of renaming files and folders.

Specifically the one and only thing I want to know is how to enable the renaming of files and folders in the LEFT Windows Explorer Pane (also referred to as the "Navigation Window" or by some the "Files and Folders Window" using the slow two clicks on the file or folder name. I can use this method on all three computers to rename files and folders in the RIGHT Explorer Pane (don't know what other names are used for the RIGHT Pane.
Since you were kind enough to reply Jennifer I feel The least I could do give you my reasons.

1. Most of my renaming involves copying and pasting.
2. I use the much more than the keyboard.
3. Because I like doing it that way.
4. And finally because it baffles the heck out of me

I have tried using Tools such as SpyMe Tools and RegMon in real time mode to determine what Registry keys and values are accessed by this renaming method but the number of keys and values accessed, queried etc. in just 10 seconds of computer time with no other applications is overwhelming. I don't know what filters to use because I have no idea even what part of the Registry is used for this method. I would appreciate if anybody knew how I could track the process. I have replaced explorer.exe (all three found at C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT\cache\explorer.exe, C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\EXPLORER.EXE-082F38A9.pf, and C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe) on my desktop PCs with explorer.exe from my laptop to no avail


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#4
February 8, 2010 at 09:54:35
I would like to start my post over and explain my question more clearly. In my original post I mentioned the Left Pane called by some the Files and Folders Windows. I miss-copied the names from Wikipedia because I realized that had to be incorrect because only folders are displayed in the Left Pane. I also mentioned renaming files and folders in both panes which would be impossible because the Left Pane displays only folders. I apologize for sounding like an idiot. I have been told I have an IQ of at least 23 1/2.

So starting over this is my question:


On my laptop with XP-PRO SP2 installed I can rename in BOTH Left and Right Windows Explorer Panes by clicking twice slowly on the file or folder name (not the icon). However on both desktop PCs (XP-PRO SP2 on one and XP-PRO SP3 on the other), This renaming method works ONLY in the Right Windows Explorer Pane.

I really like this renaming method and would like to be able to use this method in both Windows Explorer panes on all my computers.

NOTES:

1. I am aware of renaming using F2 or the Contex Menu. So please please don't ask me "why not use ...." Just rember the "I really like this renaming method" I mention above.

2. It is not a mouse clicking speed setting issue. I can rename in the Windows Explorer Right Pane on all three computers


My one and only goal here is to enable this renaming method in the Windows Explorer Left Pane on every computer in the world...or maybe just my two desktops


Is there a Registry modification or a setting somewhere I could change on my two desktops to allow me to rename in the left pane by clicking the name twice. I am comfortable making Registry modifications and I am careful to make backups of the Registry keys and values before changing them. I have searched the internet using Google but have been unable to find the answer. I would greatly appreciate any information on this subject. Thanks.


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#5
February 8, 2010 at 11:58:01
Just to say, if you have added "explorer.exe" in Prefetch it will be of no value and just sit there forever. These files are made by the system when required and, as you have found, appened a number to the file name. Best delete whatever you put there - the proper one has probably already returned (or soon will do afterwards).

SImilarly ERDNT part of a program you have installed for "saving registries". Nothing whatever to do with any problem you are having. Mine doesn't even have a Cache folder. Anything you do in ERDNT could adversly affect registry saves or saving.

Sorry I can't help on your actual query, except to say that on my XP Home this slow double click option only works in the right pane. In the left pane it opens sub-folders instead and "files" are not visible there. It seems this is not unusal but If I find anything useful I'll pop back - don't hold your breath.

some other bloke...


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#6
February 16, 2010 at 12:04:44
From a reply on a different site I have found that going to "Tools>>Folder Options>>View" and clicking the box for "Display simple folders view......" removes the ability to 2 click rename in the left pane. Unfortunately unchecking the box and rebooting does not restore the ability to use that method. It appears to be a one-way change. I was able to use System Restore to restore the 2 click rename. I have used Total Uninstall to take before and after registry and system partition snapshots so I could compare the before and after to identify what governs that rename method. I have not analyzed the results yet but I will post the results when I do. Thank you for your replies with your suggestions to help me.

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#7
February 16, 2010 at 12:19:34
Thx for update. That accounts for why some computers accept double click rename in the left panel and others don't. I would be interested to know the results of your analysis - thx

some other bloke...


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#8
March 16, 2010 at 07:05:41
See next post, I don't know how to delete an incorrect post.

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#9
March 16, 2010 at 07:07:24
I don't know why the change appeared to be one way the first time I tried it. Since then I have enabled this method of renaming on 5 PCs, two with XP-Pro SP2, and three with XP=Pro SP3 simply by going to "Tools>>Folder Options>>View" and unchecking the box for "Display simple folders view". I did not have to do anything else. I was able enable/disable the method by unchecking/checking that box without doing anything else.

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#10
March 16, 2010 at 11:05:39
I take it that you are now AOK.

That was a good find - thx for popping back to let us know.

some other bloke...


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