When you right-click on a folder, you have both 'Open' & 'Explore' options.
Under Xp, 'Open' displayed a folder with the Common Tasks pane on the
left-hand side and 'Explore' displayed the Folder tree on the left-hand
The difference in Vista is murkier
Open a folder with subfolders & right-click one of the folders in the
right-hand pane -- what is the default verb? If the folder list is
displayed in the navigation pane, the default will be 'Explore'. If the
folder list is collapsed so that the entire pane is Favorite Links or if the
Navigation pane is not displayed, the default will be 'Open'.
If you set the navigation pane to not be displayed, and then test the
differences between right-click 'Open' vs. 'Explore' the difference is more
Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
"Bob" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi Keith,
> I haven't seen the term before. What is "explore mode"?
> Googled it but couldn't find an answer.
> Wiki is looking for someone to answer the question as well.
> " Keith Miller (MVP)" <k.miller@NOSPAM.mchsi.com> wrote in message
>> Open regedit & navigate to:
>> Double-click the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and make the
>> value data: 'explore' (without quotes).
>> Good Luck,
>> Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
>> "hopfrog" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>> I found a tweak on tweakvista a while back that changed explorer to
>>> always open in explore mode, so no matter what folder I opened, it was
>>> always in explore... in xp I changed this setting in folder options,
>>> under the folder types, but I can't find this setting anywhere - I have
>>> searched and searched, but I can't find this tweak again! Please help!