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  • After using XP for so long, I moved to Windows 7 Home Premium and for the most part, really like some of the changes.  But...

    There are some anomalies that I had hoped SP1 would correct.  Not so.

    Some examples, in Windows Explorer, when the focus is on the left pane on a folder, its contents are not displayed or updated in the right pane as it used to do in XP.  In XP I could arrow down the folders in the left pane and instantly view the contents in the right as I went along.  No longer.  I also used to be able to expand a folder in left pane and the folder list would place the active folder at the top.  No longer, as 7 will not scroll the folder list upwards and I have to do it manually in order to see what subfolders were displayed.

    In applications like Windows Mail,  I am constantly having to focus using the mouse as I dont know where it goes after I retrieve mail or if I unhide messages.

    Minor annoyances that did not exist in XP.  Are there any settings or tweaks that may address this issue?  Thanks.


    Robert lark
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 2:36 AM

Answers

  • On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 02:36:28 +0000, Prince Rogue wrote:

    After using XP for so long, I moved to Windows 7 Home Premium and for the most part, really like some of the changes.  But...

    There are some anomalies that I had hoped SP1 would correct.  Not so.

    Some examples, in Windows Explorer, when the focus is on the left pane on a folder, its contents are not displayed or updated in the right pane as it used to do in XP.  In XP I could arrow down the folders in the left pane and instantly view the contents in the right as I went along.  No longer.  I also used to be able to expand a folder in left pane and the folder list would place the active folder at the top.  No longer, as 7 will not scroll the folder list upwards and I have to do it manually in order to see what subfolders were displayed.

    In applications like Windows Mail,  I am constantly having to focus using the mouse as I dont know where it goes after I retrieve mail or if I unhide messages.

    Minor annoyances that did not exist in XP.  Are there any settings or tweaks that may address this issue?  Thanks.

    I have answers for your Windows Explorer issues, but let me address
    your Windows Mail issue. Two points:

    1. Windows Mail is a program that came with Windows Vista. It does not
    come with Windows 7 (although there is a workaround that lets you use
    it there). Do you mean Windows Live Mail (a different program from
    Windows Mail)?

    2. Even if you mean Windows Live Mail, that also does not come with
    Windows 7 (although the company that you bought the Windows 7 computer
    from may have bundled it with the package they sold you).

    Windows 7 comes with no e-mail or newsgroup program. Although many
    people object to this, I think it's a step in the right direction,
    since it leaves everyone more free to choose whatever program(s) he
    likes best. There are many choices available, both from Microsoft and
    from third-parties. Some are free and some are for sale. Microsoft has
    Windows Live Mail (which is essentially a newer version of Outlook
    Express/Windows Mail, with still another new name) available for
    download for free and Outlook (a different program from outlook
    express) available for sale, either alone or as part of Microsoft
    Office.

    Some people will tell you to use Windows Live Mail; others will tell
    you to use Thunderbird; still others may have other recommendations.
    My advice is to ignore all such recommendations. I personally use
    Microsoft Outlook for e-mail and Fortй Agent for newsgroups, but you
    should try several and choose what you like best, rather than make
    your decision based on what I, or anyone else, likes best (or even
    what Microsoft suggests).


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Proposed as answer by Niki Han Wednesday, March 9, 2011 9:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, March 9, 2011 9:40 AM
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:49 PM
  • A quick response since I did not intend to leave this hanging...

    Classic Shell is nice but its not totally accessible for low vision users so removed it.  It also does not address the anomalies that exist in Windows 7 (which I had so hoped SP1 would address and didn't).

    Windows Mail is much more accessible for low vision than Windows Live Mail or any other email clent.

    At any rate, that is all for now.


    Robert lark
    • Marked as answer by Prince Rogue Wednesday, March 9, 2011 7:09 PM
    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 7:09 PM

All replies

  • Some examples, in Windows Explorer, when the focus is on the left pane on a folder, its contents are not displayed or updated in the right pane as it used to do in XP.  In XP I could arrow down the folders in the left pane and instantly view the contents in the right as I went along.  No longer.  I also used to be

    Install Classic Shell to fix it:

    http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Wednesday, March 2, 2011 11:52 AM
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 11:52 AM
  • On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 02:36:28 +0000, Prince Rogue wrote:

    After using XP for so long, I moved to Windows 7 Home Premium and for the most part, really like some of the changes.  But...

    There are some anomalies that I had hoped SP1 would correct.  Not so.

    Some examples, in Windows Explorer, when the focus is on the left pane on a folder, its contents are not displayed or updated in the right pane as it used to do in XP.  In XP I could arrow down the folders in the left pane and instantly view the contents in the right as I went along.  No longer.  I also used to be able to expand a folder in left pane and the folder list would place the active folder at the top.  No longer, as 7 will not scroll the folder list upwards and I have to do it manually in order to see what subfolders were displayed.

    In applications like Windows Mail,  I am constantly having to focus using the mouse as I dont know where it goes after I retrieve mail or if I unhide messages.

    Minor annoyances that did not exist in XP.  Are there any settings or tweaks that may address this issue?  Thanks.

    I have answers for your Windows Explorer issues, but let me address
    your Windows Mail issue. Two points:

    1. Windows Mail is a program that came with Windows Vista. It does not
    come with Windows 7 (although there is a workaround that lets you use
    it there). Do you mean Windows Live Mail (a different program from
    Windows Mail)?

    2. Even if you mean Windows Live Mail, that also does not come with
    Windows 7 (although the company that you bought the Windows 7 computer
    from may have bundled it with the package they sold you).

    Windows 7 comes with no e-mail or newsgroup program. Although many
    people object to this, I think it's a step in the right direction,
    since it leaves everyone more free to choose whatever program(s) he
    likes best. There are many choices available, both from Microsoft and
    from third-parties. Some are free and some are for sale. Microsoft has
    Windows Live Mail (which is essentially a newer version of Outlook
    Express/Windows Mail, with still another new name) available for
    download for free and Outlook (a different program from outlook
    express) available for sale, either alone or as part of Microsoft
    Office.

    Some people will tell you to use Windows Live Mail; others will tell
    you to use Thunderbird; still others may have other recommendations.
    My advice is to ignore all such recommendations. I personally use
    Microsoft Outlook for e-mail and Fortй Agent for newsgroups, but you
    should try several and choose what you like best, rather than make
    your decision based on what I, or anyone else, likes best (or even
    what Microsoft suggests).


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Proposed as answer by Niki Han Wednesday, March 9, 2011 9:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, March 9, 2011 9:40 AM
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:49 PM
  • On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:49:46 +0000, K Blake <kblake@kb.invalid> wrote:

    On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 02:36:28 +0000, Prince Rogue wrote:

    After using XP for so long, I moved to Windows 7 Home Premium and for the most part, really like some of the changes.  But...

    There are some anomalies that I had hoped SP1 would correct.  Not so.

    Some examples, in Windows Explorer, when the focus is on the left pane on a folder, its contents are not displayed or updated in the right pane as it used to do in XP.  In XP I could arrow down the folders in the left pane and instantly view the contents in the right as I went along.  No longer.  I also used to be able to expand a folder in left pane and the folder list would place the active folder at the top.  No longer, as 7 will not scroll the folder list upwards and I have to do it manually in order to see what subfolders were displayed.

    In applications like Windows Mail,  I am constantly having to focus using the mouse as I dont know where it goes after I retrieve mail or if I unhide messages.

    Minor annoyances that did not exist in XP.  Are there any settings or tweaks that may address this issue?  Thanks.

    I have answers for your Windows Explorer issues,

    Sorry, that was supposed to be "I have no answers for..."

    but let me address
    your Windows Mail issue. Two points:

    1. Windows Mail is a program that came with Windows Vista. It does not
    come with Windows 7 (although there is a workaround that lets you use
    it there). Do you mean Windows Live Mail (a different program from
    Windows Mail)?

    2. Even if you mean Windows Live Mail, that also does not come with
    Windows 7 (although the company that you bought the Windows 7 computer
    from may have bundled it with the package they sold you).

    Windows 7 comes with no e-mail or newsgroup program. Although many
    people object to this, I think it's a step in the right direction,
    since it leaves everyone more free to choose whatever program(s) he
    likes best. There are many choices available, both from Microsoft and
    from third-parties. Some are free and some are for sale. Microsoft has
    Windows Live Mail (which is essentially a newer version of Outlook
    Express/Windows Mail, with still another new name) available for
    download for free and Outlook (a different program from outlook
    express) available for sale, either alone or as part of Microsoft
    Office.

    Some people will tell you to use Windows Live Mail; others will tell
    you to use Thunderbird; still others may have other recommendations.
    My advice is to ignore all such recommendations. I personally use
    Microsoft Outlook for e-mail and Fortй Agent for newsgroups, but you
    should try several and choose what you like best, rather than make
    your decision based on what I, or anyone else, likes best (or even
    what Microsoft suggests).


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Thursday, March 3, 2011 5:37 AM
  • A quick response since I did not intend to leave this hanging...

    Classic Shell is nice but its not totally accessible for low vision users so removed it.  It also does not address the anomalies that exist in Windows 7 (which I had so hoped SP1 would address and didn't).

    Windows Mail is much more accessible for low vision than Windows Live Mail or any other email clent.

    At any rate, that is all for now.


    Robert lark
    • Marked as answer by Prince Rogue Wednesday, March 9, 2011 7:09 PM
    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 7:09 PM