Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

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Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by richardk » 2014 Nov 18, 18:52

Is there a setting to make Xplorer2 do this...

In the tree pane -

You are moving up and down the tree with up- and down-arrow, and expanding folders with right-arrow. The pane is too narrow to see 'deeper' folders and names if the hierarchy is too deep. You can use the horizontal scroll bar to move the tree.

What I want is:

The horizontal scrolling would happen automatically when an 'out of frame' folder is highlighted, ie. the entire tree moves to the left so your highlighted folder is no longer off the right edge of the pane - so you don't have to use the scroll bar yourself.

Windows' native Explorer does this (it's a little glitchy but it definitely does what I'm talking about).
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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by fgagnon » 2014 Nov 19, 01:17

'twould be nice.
i.e.: I second the motion.

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by nikos » 2014 Nov 19, 07:04

xplorer2 does this too!? I just checked

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Post by richardk » 2014 Nov 19, 17:00

nikos wrote:xplorer2 does this too!? I just checked
And so what would be the reason we are saying it doesn't? I can think of three possible explanations: We're somehow overlooking auto-horizontal-scrolling in Xplorer2 although we do notice it in Windows Explorer. Brain impairment causing us to hallucinate an absence of horizontal auto-scrolling but only in Xplorer2 and not Windows. Trolls intentionally posting false stories about Xplorer2 not doing things it actually does.
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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by nikos » 2014 Nov 19, 17:01

perhaps you've used TOOLS > ADVANCED OPTIONS menu command to "disable some vista effects"? What windows are you using?

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by fgagnon » 2014 Nov 19, 17:35

I see the issue also when:
Tools > options > window > Single click to change folder & "Hands free" activation
is NOT ticked,
and while scrolling through the tree pane with only the arrow keys.

The highlighted folder will only pop into view when I "activate" the highlighted folder pane (or use the bottom scroll bar).

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by nikos » 2014 Nov 19, 17:53

ok now i see it too :oops:
who uses the tree anyway? waste of space :P

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by Brig » 2014 Nov 19, 22:33

nikos wrote:who uses the tree anyway? waste of space :P
I do. It serves two purposes for me:

1. It's a nice picture of where I am in the folder structure. It helps keep me from getting disoriented.
2. The main reason--it's a great drop target. I have to deal with a lot of folders on a big network structure, and many of the ones I use are near each other. Dragging and dropping onto folders in the tree is often the easiest and fastest way to copy or move.

I'm a tree hugger.

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by drac » 2014 Nov 20, 19:05

Ditto!

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by richardk » 2014 Dec 08, 23:26

nikos wrote:perhaps you've used TOOLS > ADVANCED OPTIONS menu command to "disable some vista effects"? What windows are you using?
I am not using 'disable some vista effects'. Win 7 Pro 64 bit.

Is there anything else in either xplorer2 or Win 7 that could be disabling the auto-scroll? In general I turn off absolutely anything to do with animations because they make my head explode. In fact if I had I known "disable some vista effects" existed I might have have checked it.
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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by richardk » 2014 Dec 08, 23:29

fgagnon wrote:I see the issue also when:
Tools > options > window > Single click to change folder & "Hands free" activation
is NOT ticked
I *do* have that checked. Which means any effect "Single click to change folder & "Hands free" activation" has on the auto-scrolling is only indirect, through an interaction effect with some other setting or function.
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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by richardk » 2014 Dec 08, 23:42

Brig wrote:
nikos wrote:who uses the tree anyway? waste of space :P
I do. It serves two purposes for me:

1. It's a nice picture of where I am in the folder structure. It helps keep me from getting disoriented.
2. The main reason--it's a great drop target. I have to deal with a lot of folders on a big network structure, and many of the ones I use are near each other. Dragging and dropping onto folders in the tree is often the easiest and fastest way to copy or move.

I'm a tree hugger.
Ditto - and I do those things every time I use xplorer2, not just sporadically.
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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by nikos » 2014 Dec 09, 07:13

all the other guys actually wanted autoscroll, you seem to want the opposite
anyway I cannot rewrite the way windows controls operate, your complaints to Microsoft please!

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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by richardk » 2015 Jan 07, 14:56

nikos wrote:all the other guys actually wanted autoscroll, you seem to want the opposite
It sounds like you never read the original question. It says: I want autoscroll. Period. I'm not sure how "I want autoscroll" got interpreted as "I don't want autoscroll".

nikos wrote:anyway I cannot rewrite the way windows controls operate, your complaints to Microsoft please!
Unless I'm mistaken, you wrote this program and Microsoft didn't. Therefore, it's your problem and you need to fix it. End of discussion.
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Re: Auto-horizontal-scroll in tree pane?

Post by Kilmatead » 2015 Jan 07, 17:47

For what it's worth, I simply cannot reproduce this problem on Win 7 x64 no matter what settings I use (within x2 or Windows itself): x2's folder treeview pane already behaves exactly as is "desired" and described by the OP. The folder-tree horizontally animates/scrolls/shifts to fully display whatever folder is shown, whether browsed/expanded using the arrow-keys or not. In fact, I cannot even find any settings which would disable this (not even disabling "vista effects" stops it, though it nicely removes the painfully-slow aero scroll animation). No matter the themes, or animation settings within Windows, it works as expected.

Thinking wider-afield, I notice that Classic Shell (Explorer module) has a few settings which do modify the behaviour of the folder-pane in regular Explorer windows (as expected), but there's no bleed-through into x2 from those (as there usefully is from other aspects of Classic Shell).

In short, I can find no reason why it doesn't work for richardk or fgagnon who seem to be the only 2 who can reproduce it (none of the others posting in this thread have actually stated that it does not work for them as is). :shrug:

Perhaps if more people were to report a negative, a commonality might be found.

(Slightly off topic, I must say it is completely daft that Tools -> Advanced Options is inexplicably unavailable when the focus is in the treeview. That's just insane, and makes changing settings to conditionally test the above report rather inconvenient. Just sayin'.)

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