Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. October 11, 2006
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When you work with Windows Explorer, you frequently need to expand and collapse the folders. You can do this with the mouse, of course, but this isn't the only way. We recently ran a tip discussing keyboard techniques you can use to expand and collapse folders and subfolders in Windows Explorer.
In a recent tip, we suggested using the asterisk, plus, and minus keys on the numeric keypad to expand and collapse folders and subfolders in Windows Explorer. An even easier way is to use the arrow keys adjacent to the numeric keypad. Use the right arrow to expand and the left arrow to collapse the selected folder.
Using this method allows you to move up, down, and expand or collapse the folders without moving your hands across the keyboard to do all four of these functions.