Okay, this how-to is incredibly simple, but I felt compelled to post it after spending 15 minutes pulling out my hair trying to figure out how to show the navigation pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 after accidentally hiding it. There’s no option to display/hide the Windows Live Photo Gallery navigation pane in the View ribbon, nor is Google particularly forthcoming about helping you bring your navigation pane back if you’ve clumsily hidden it without knowing how.
So, here it is:
To Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery ,as I accidentally discovered, you have to click this nearly invisible blue arrow that only appears when you hover near the edge of the Navigation Pane.
To Show the Navigation Pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery (and other applications that have Navigation Panes like this), you have to again find this little blue arrow that you probably didn’t know existed in the first place and click it.
While I was at this, I also discovered that you could resize the navigation pane by clicking and dragging the bar that appears next to the arrow. It highlights in blue when you mouse over it.
So, I hope if anyone else is ever befuddled by the same issue as I was, this will help you fix it quick. I guess resizing or hiding the Navigation Pane could be genuinely helpful, if you have a small screen, but I only wish someone would’ve given me a bit more direction regarding how to bring it back!