The folders are COLLAPSED by default in Windchill Tables for Representation/Annotations. In Cero View, the folders are EXPANDED by default. Reference the two pictures below.
The Windchill table functions like other Microsoft products for folder functionality and searching against the text inside the folders. The Creo View logic of expanding all by default (in my opinion) is not ideal. While working in Creo View, I invariably take the first step of collapsing everything and then expanding the branch I'm interested in.
The Idea is to create a preference in Creo View to control the behavior or change the logic to where it matches Windchill where the folders start as collapsed by default when entering the tab.
Imagine going to SharePoint folders and seeing everything expanded when entering the page. Imagine Explorer having all folders expanded when opening. Imagine having a 100,000 object model tree of assemblies automatically expanded by default.