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Solved: removing 'action' from 'file types' in 'folder options' in windows explorer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by psient, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. psient

    psient Thread Starter

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    Hello:

    I am using windows XP pro with SP2 installed.

    I have somehow managed to loose the ability to open folders in the Windows Explorer pane by double clicking on them. Instead, a double click opens the Search Files feature. :confused:

    How this happened was NOT by altering viewing options.

    I recently went to support at microsoft.com to add print directory functionality to Windows Explorer. I found article ID#272623 "how to add the print directory feature to Windows Explorer. The url for this article is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/272623/en-us?FR=1&PA=1&SD=HSCH

    I followed the instructions as closely as I could although it wasn't exactly the same as described.

    That is:
    after clicking on 'tools' in explorer clicking on 'Folder Options' then 'File Types' and then 'File Folder' I could not find the edit button.
    I clicked on ADVANCED then NEW and found the 'New Action' dialog box.
    I entered "Print Directory Listing" in the 'Action' box and browsed until I found the file I had created as instructed by the above article.
    I then clicked OK and backed out of the rest of the windows.

    I tried to undo what I had done but to no avail as I cannot remove the 'Print Directory Listing' action from the list in the advanced File Folder TAB. The edit button is greyed out as is the remove button.

    Does anyone know how to remove an action, and after that restoring the ability to open folders in the explorer pane with a double click.

    Thanks,

    Jon Mettrick Ph.D.
     
  2. Augie65

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    Did you try a system restore to a date before you changed registry?
     
  3. psient

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    Hi:

    The restore function would not work (n) . I tried both checkpoints and dates where software was installed. Does this mean I am out of options?
     
  4. Lance1

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    Can you open by Right click and open? Its always best to start simple. Check your mouse properties under the buttons tab and see what your double click is set to do.
     

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    Hi:

    I am using a ps2 mouse. Going to Control Panel and opening the mouse icon reveals that there are no button options so that is not the way to access the settings.

    Any ideas?
     
  6. psient

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    Yes I can Right click and open the folder. Sorry I did not answer that part of your question:eek:
     
  7. Lance1

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    Try this, Click Start, Run and type this command:

    regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

    Another thing you can do is try To fix the problem manually, open Regedit fro the run command and navigate to:

    WAIT!! Always Always! Backup the registry prior to editing.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ shell

    -and-

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Drive \ shell

    In the right-pane, locate and click the (Default) value

    Click Modify on the Edit menu

    Type the word none in the Value data box, and then click OK

    Exit Registry Editor.
     
  8. psient

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    Lance1:

    Thanks for the response. I'll follow your suggestions. Please instruct me in how to I back-up the registry.
     
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    Click Start \ Run and type regedit, See attachment. I always name the .reg file with the date.
     

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    Lance1:

    OK I'll give it a try after I back-up the system registry.

    I'll be off line as I want to shut-down all the probrams I have running during the edit.

    thanks for the help.

    Psient
     
  11. psient

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    Lance1:

    Running the regsvr32 /i shell.dll command seems to have fixed the problem. Il want to shut-down and then reboot so I'll be off line again.

    Where could I find information on the command itself, what did it do?

    Thanks for the help again!

    Best,

    Psient
     
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    Lance1:

    This was the solution I needed(y) . Thanks very much for all the help and information. I will recommend this forum to all of my colleagues and students. Your selfless assistance:D is a real life saver!

    Warmest Regards,

    Dr. Jon Mettrick
    University of California
    Dept of Psychology
     
  14. Lance1

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    My pleasure to Help
     
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