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Show/Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

Windows Live Photo GalleryOkay, 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.

Show/Hide Navigation Pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery

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.

Hide/Show Windows Live Photo Gallery Navigation Pane

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.

Resize Navigation Pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery

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!

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70 Responses to Show/Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

  1. Bob B. December 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks – I was ready to pull what hair I had left on out!

    • Denise March 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      I would have never figured this out. Your a life safter

  2. SusanZ December 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    THANK YOU. It is so simple, but I spent so much time trying to figure this out!

    • MrGroove December 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      Don’t you hate it when that happens! It’s the simple ones that makes you spend the most time trying to fix em…

      And thank you Susan, glad your all fixed up!

  3. Jennifer January 5, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks a million – I was going SPARE wondering how I had lost it!

    • MrGroove January 5, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      No worries! Glad we could help!

  4. Mike February 21, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Many thanks – I spent ages on this too. An excellent useful explanation. Mike

  5. Chris February 27, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Wow! Thanks a lot. I’d opened up PhotoGallery on my non-privileged User and only one folder appeared. When I went to my privileged User, all folders were showing like normal. I was ready to uninstall and reinstall after spending half an hour trying to figure out why PhotoGallery lost all but one of my folders. This was a really great save.

  6. Caci March 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! I was about to throw my laptop across the room. I accidentally hid the stupid thing and couldn’t figure out how to get it back. Awesome! Thank you!

  7. Blindman April 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Further proof, if any was needed, that Microsoft could not design the interface for a brown paper bag if their lunch was inside it.
    Do you suppose they even use their own software?

  8. Sarah May 20, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Why, in God’s name, would they “hide” the navigation pane like this. Thanks to genius’s among us who figure this stuff out!

    • MrGroove May 20, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      @Sarah – Indeed…. don’t get me started!

  9. Sarah May 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    My library wants to “digitize” their old photos. A workshop says they should be in two different formats, TIFF and JPEG. They would need an identifier, such as :”Library photo 1, Library Photo 2,” etc., with a title and place for added description. There are photo management programs such as “Past Perfect” for $870. Is this job anything I could do with Windows Live Photo? If so, could you tell me how to set it up? Thanks, Sarah

    • groovinJackman May 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      Great question Sarah. I think there is defintely something free for you out there. I’ve turned this over to our Answers community to get multiple recommendations, since I’m betting that the folks over there will have some good advice:

      Check it out:

    • groovinJackman May 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      But to answer your question more directly, I think Picasa would be the best tool for that. I’m working on a tutorial that features Picasa’s batch renaming feature which is quite handy.

      • Sarah May 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

        I’ve been using Picasa and it got mixed in with Picasa 3; then I keep losing pictures, trying to put them from folders into albums. So I’ve gone back to Windows Photo where everything has collected. Now I have like 3 sets of each file, all in different places on the navigation pane. I’m growing old(er), working on all these pictures! You would wonder why I’d take on a library project~~~~~~. Thanks for all your help. Sarah

  10. Sarah May 21, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Now that all my pictures are in Windows Photo Gallery, I realize that I can’t “send” them because, with Windows Gallery, you have to use Windows Live Mail. I have Gmail and have never set up Windows Live Mail. How can I send my Windows pictures, using G-Mail? Thanks alot. Sarah

  11. Sarah May 21, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    To answer my own question above: I did figure out that if I open a picture in the Window Photo Gallery, with Picasa, I can then attach it a Gmail message. Thanks for providing this great resource. Sarah

  12. Aergan May 31, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Thanks for this, Microsoft have been no help for documenting/resolving this issue.

  13. john August 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Unbelievable. Thank you soooo much.

  14. alex September 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    When I edit pictures on Windows Live Photo Gallery, they disappear – when I save them I cannot find them – Helpppppppppppppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

  15. Blindman September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    This is actually a problem with McAfee anti-virus running under Window’s 7.
    The virus detection software sets the file attribute to “hidden” after photo gallery modifies it.
    Your pictures are still there, but you will need to bring up the folder in file manager and make sure file manager’s options are set to show hidden files. The affected files will then appear slightly grayed out. Right click them individually, or as a group, and uncheck the “hidden” property. Then write a nasty email to McAfee asking why they still have not fixed this glitch.

  16. Blindman September 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    More info on the glitch here:

  17. Inga Aksamit November 24, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Thank you!! I was using a friend’s computer and he had the navigation pane. I’ve spent quite a bit more than 15″ trying to figure out how to get it on my computer. So simple!

  18. Darrell January 8, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Thank you. !!! Very simple yet frustrating when one does not know how the navigation pane disappeared. Excellent post

  19. Joshua January 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Thank you so much. I don’t get beat by software very often, but I was pretty frustrated when I couldn’t figure this out. This post helped me get the navigation back. Thanks!

  20. CHERYL DI PIETRO January 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    In my frustration, I went to Google for a response on this subject and was lucky enough to find this post. I have been going crazy trying to find out what happened to the navigation pane and folders list…..I could find nothing on the Windows Live Website….a million thanks!!!

    • Steve Krause January 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      @Cheryl – Awesome! I’m glad we could help! Thanks for the comment Cheryl!

  21. Mych January 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Thank-you sooo much! I was so frustrated, didn’t know where all my pictures went!

  22. Cam Grossman January 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    As with everyone else, how lucky I was to find your post. Thanks Cam

  23. Janet Joiner March 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Thank you so much, I was beyond frustrated. I can’t understand why there isn’t an option in the tool bar. What was the designer thinking? Not, I guess.

  24. Leigh McCarty April 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Thank you very much I was going insane trying to find how to do this.

  25. Henry June 19, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    You made my day, thanks

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