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Setting Folder View Options

Q: Setting Folder View Options

Hi All,

I have had many problems since I installed Vista Ultimate, both major and minor. I have solved some and am still working on others. I won't try to adress them all now. The problem with folder view settings is one of the most aggravating, though not operationally significant. Still, it does CONSTANTLY Piss Me Off. Pardon my language, but it IS appropriately descriptive. Regardless of whatever settings I choose, the next time I go to that folder or any other, they have reverted to some set of system defaults, which I CAN'T CHANGE. Several I don't use and some I don't want or actually get in the way of what I want to do, such as "AutoArrange". (If I ever meet the person who invented "AutoArrange" I will probably be arrested for assault.)

Does ANYONE know what I can do to set my folders the way I want them and retain the settings?

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A: Setting Folder View Options

Have you tried this? Windows Explorer Folder View settings

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Here's my problem with Vista.

When I go into any folder for the first time, it comes up with a set of random things to sort the folders by, and random view settings.

I want every folder to have the "details" view by default. Also, I want the tabs "Type", "Size", and "Date Modified" that I can click on to sort these, with "Type" being the default selected one.

This is how I had things in WinXP. All I had to do was click "Apply to folders" in the folder options. I do this in Vista, also, I do have "Remember each folder's view settings" checked. Yet it makes up a random set of view settings for any folder I haven't manually set myself.

So, how do I make Windows Vista stop coming up with random view settings for folders? When I click on a folder of pictures I still want it in "Details" view, with "Type", "Size", and "Date Modified" tabs. With "Type" selected as the default to sort by.

Yet, it appears in "Large Icons" view, with "Date Taken", "Tags", "Size", and "Rating" as the only sort by options.

How do I stop this madness?

A:Folder view options? How do I make a default setting?

Greetings =)

After having a go at this my self to see if I could come up with a fix I found my PC doing the same thing, So after a bit of a google crawl I found this post - Hope it helps =)

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13880_3-10019957-68.html - Long way around good for beginer and intermidiate users

CAUTION: "This involves editing the registry. It is always recommended to create a back-up of the registry before making any modifications. Before performing any of the actions below, please save your work and close any Windows Explorer windows, as you will need to log off for these changes to properly take effect." If you dont know what your doing I would recommend against the following fix.


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My laptop has a built in SD card reader.  I just installed Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition and have installed all available Window updates.
When I go to:
Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View "tab"
and uncheck the box for "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder", the SD card reader still does not appear when I go into the Computer folder.
I have also tried going into the registry:
to change:
from 1 to 0, but that does not work either.
Can someone please help me get my SD card reader to appear in the Computer folder even when there is no card inserted into it?

A:Not working: Folder Options -> View -> Hide empty drives in the Computer folder

The card readers on my desktop computer (one connected internally via a USB header on the motherboard), one on my monitor and one on my printer all work the way they should.  When "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder" is checked, none
of them are visible in the Computer folder.  When "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder" is unchecked, they all become visible.
The card reader in my laptop is connected internally via micro-USB, but it's different.  It does not actually appear in the Device Manager until a card is inserted into it.
That's probably why the "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder" does not work with my laptop's card reader.

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When I'm in a folder and changes the folder view from, say, List to Extra Large Icons, the folder view changes for all the folders on my computer, which is a royal PITA. Is there any way to change the folder view only in the folder I'm in at the time and leave the setting for the other folders as is? Example: have picture folders set for Extra Large Icons and some document folders set for List and others, Details.

A:Change Folder View Setting from Global to Individual Folder

If this doesn't help I'm not sure what will outside some third party app,
Folder View - Apply to Folders

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Hi all,

I'd like one specific folder to always open in List view. How do I do this?


A:Folder view options for one specific folder

Hi Kingy75, welcome to the Forum.

Not quite sure what you mean, but if you want a specific folder to open every time, you could put a short cut on your Desk Top & click on it whenever you need it.

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I wish to 'view' the List details of my folders. When I change
'View' to "List", then close folder and reopen it, the view has
reverted, ie is not what I changed it to. I don't understand why
my last folder "View" selection does not relect my last setting?

A:Folder View Options

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Hello all, this is my first post in this forum, and I would like to thank you all for the useful articles and tutorials I've found on this website!

I regularly connect to several FTP sites for work every day, and while Filezilla is useful, more often than not I find myself using the integrated ftp folder navigation in Explorer. However, in Windows 7 the default folder view for ftp folders is Tiles view, which is not very practical in my case. I set it to Details view, but when I go to Folder Options->View and try to "Apply to Folders", the button is greyed out! So basically I have to choose "Details view" for every folder I navigate to.

Does anyone know how I can apply "Details view" to all FTP and Internet folders in Windows 7? Is there a registry key I can modify for this?


A:FTP Folder View Options

Hello domdada,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

Don't know of any way to make the settings stick. Best I can do is the alt>v>d keyboard shortcut to give details for a folder. Might be easier than mouse clicks. Sorry.


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I like to use different view options for some folders. If I change a folder (say, Control Panel) to show icons, the next time I open the folder it shows a list. It seems I cannot get it to remember the preferred setting, although I have clicked the box to "remember each folder's view settings". What am I missing?

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I guess like most of us, my Desktop by now is pretty crowded and full.

Would like to put about 30% or so, of a particular topic, in a separate Folder I would create.

No problem, but all the options under VIEW are not exactly what I would like.

On the Desktop, of course, you can put a Shortcut, e.g., right next to a Folder or perhaps a WORD
document next to anything you want..

None of the VIEW options for a newly created Folder "seem" to allow this.

It "automatically" puts Folders as a Group, then perhaps all the Shortcuts, etc.

Is there any way to emulate in this new Folder the options I have in the Desktop to arrange and group
(and show) exactly how I would like ?

If not, any APP or add-on that allows this ?


A:VIEW Options In A Folder ?

Hello Bob,

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to disable auto arrange to be able to arrange and group files how you like in all folders. Be sure to read the note box at the top if the tutorial to help with usage.

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

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Hi Everyone

I got a annoying Problem, a while back i setup a home network using the network setup wizard and didnt notice this until the other day but i have no folder options anymore.

usually i would click tools while in windows explorer and at the bottom it would say "folder options" now it only says "Map network Drive", Disconnect Network Drive, and Synchronize.

When i try opening using help and support it gives this error.
"This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer bla bla etc"

does anyone know how to get my folder options back?


oh By the way its Windows XP home SP2

A:Cant View Folder Options

Edit the registry to get the folder options back.
Go to Start, Run then type in regedit and click Ok.
Browse to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Find the NoFolderOptions key and change the vaule to 0 assuming you have this registry key.
Restart your computer.

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I have a question how to get this problem solved. Look at the two Pictures.

First Picture is from Win 7 i want the same Folder Arranging Options like in Win Vista.

I made a red box around the things i want to also use in Win 7 not only for Vista.

Is it possible to activate these options somehow in Win 7 i dont want always to click right and then press sort by i want just click on one of the pre designed buttons like in Vista.

Thanks in advance.

A:Folder View Options?

Hi Unix10, and welcome to the Seven Forums,

As far as I know the column headers have been removed from Windows 7 where the view is not column based, replaced by the advanced sort and group options available on the right click.

I believe it was felt that the look of the imaged based views were spoiled by having the headers there, and the functionality was available by other means, although I like you also found them useful at times.

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Am I missing something? In Win7 the view can be customized for General, Documents, Music, Videos, etc. And that view applied to all folders of that particular type.

In Win8, after choosing view type, columns, etc, it gives the option to make all folders of that type the same, but there is no choice as to what type of folder it is, such as Documents, Music, etc. So how can you choose that category of personalized view in new folders?

A:Folder view options

Right click in the folder, Properties, Customize tab

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Hi all.

I'm having this really annoying problem that should be solved with a very simple procedure, but that does not seem to be the case and I cannot discover the reason.

What I want is for all of my folders to remember the view settings I set up with them.

I want these settings applied on a global (all folders) scale as..
-- sort:Type, options:Name/Size/Type/Date Modified/Date Created, format:Details.

From there, I will manually change the settings for photo locations to..
-- sort:Type, options:Name/Size/Type/Date Modified/Date Created, format:LargeThumbs.

Now, one might think that I could accomplish this goal by Tools->FolderOptions->View->"Remember Each Folder's View Settings [X]", then setting up a folder in the manner described.
From there, applying these options on a global scale would be as simple as Tools->FolderOptions->View->"Apply To Folders".

Am I incorrect? I've gotten the results I desire from this chain of events in the past; however, it is not performing as expected on this ocassion, and I am frustrated.

My folders commonly revert (on a basis that seems to be entirely spontaneous) to an entirely useless setup of.. sort:Rating, options:Name/Size/Tags/Rating, format:MediumThumbs.
What the hell do I need stars and buzzwords for on my files. I don't. I want useful descriptors, not arbitrary qualitative scales for people who can't remember where they put things, or never understood the concept of naming conventions.

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Windows XP service pack 2.
I have a churches computer that was infected with "INFOSTEALER", "TROJAN.VB.jy" and "DOWNLOADER.CRYPTIC.f" that I volunteered to try to fix.

I searched the threads and followed the instructions listed to remove them and was successful. Thankyou for the help.
But still have the issue of not being able to change the "FOLDER OPTIONS"/ "VIEW"/ "HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS" selection has both "DO NOT SHOW---" and "SHOW HIDDEN----" selected. If I select either one it will stay only as long as I do not close the Folder Options box. As soon as it is closed it will again default back to both hide and show.

I cannot find any threads with this issue except the mention in the one thread about "INFOSTEALER" that I used to get me this far. What did I miss?

A:XP, Folder Options will not allow view hidden

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When I open my c: drive all my folders come up in thumbnail view, I change it and i close it and next time I open it , its fine. When I go to my picture folder and change the view to thumbnail, it changes and its fine.

Problem,,, next time i go to c: and look at my folders they appear in thumbnail. Whats going on?

A:Folder View Options XP Conflict

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I'm running Win7 Home Premium and I notice the Tools/Folder Options/View /Apply to folders, doesn't seem to work. It didn't work in Vista either. Is there a fix for this? Thanks.

A:Can't get Folder Options/View to work

Quote: Originally Posted by jacatone

I'm running Win7 Home Premium and I notice the Tools/Folder Options/View /Apply to folders, doesn't seem to work. It didn't work in Vista either. Is there a fix for this? Thanks.

works on my win 7 can you using the snipping tool (type snipping in search) make screenshot of the folders tab and upload it to us using the attachment icon (shaped like a paperclip) in the reply form



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Okay, I have my Audio Files in a folder Called Mp3s, Which contains subfolders of genres which then contains subfolders of artists/albums etc. Now, For My Computer I have veiw settings to Detail / Groups.

For the rest of the computer I have View Settings to List. However for the specific D:/MP3 Folder I would like to Have Details and my own columns. How do I set it so that I can have all my folders in D:/MP3 Are in Detail + my colums view without Overwriting the defualt all use list..?

A:Set Mass Per Folder View Options

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Why are all my View Options all weird? How do I reset this back to the default?

A:Solved: Folder View Options

It was hilarious when the first time I saw this but I also pity the person who got infected by the virus that causes this damage. I didn’t know how to fix this because I have no experience with this problem. I thought the folder options advanced settings are hardcoded to Windows, but using SFC wouldn’t fix this problem. The only solution I can think of is to do a repair and hopefully it’d reset whatever the virus has modified.
Now I found an easy way to fix the folder options advanced settings without wasting an hour on repairing Windows. Everything that is displayed in folder options advanced settings can be found in registry and not hardcoded to Windows. The location is at:
I can confirm this because I’ve tried deleting the whole Folder key and the Folder Options advanced settings went blank! When I restore back the Folder key which I backed up earlier, everything was restored back. It is not easy (unless you want to be a real geek and memorize every shell32.dll codes) to manually fix the contents in folder options advanced settings because the “Text” key uses shell32.dll with some numbers.Click to expand...

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I've noticed that when I change a folder view to show large icons, for example, other folders change to that, too; or when I change the view to Details, other folders also change to that. I have to be forever setting and resetting folder views. Is there a way to get Windows 7 to accept a change to the view settings of a folder without propagating that to other folders unless I ask it to?

Thank you.

A:Why do my folder view options keep changing?

Yeah right. The settings seem to always apply to the whole library. I have the same problem. If someone knows a way around that, I would like to know too.

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Ok, so I'm running Win XP SP 3.

I'm not a retard. I'm far from an advanced user, but whenever I had a problem, I always fixed it by myself. Meaning, I don't think I just overlooked a simple solution on the web.

A year ago, I noticed I was no longer able to right click on the desktop and go properties. Some "run dll as an app" error occurred after which DrWatson post mortem debugger error would also appear. Fine, I thought, I never change display settings anyway.

So, about two months ago, that started to annoy me, and I started looking for a solution on the internet. Nothing worked. And I do mean nothing. I probably spent 5-6hrs so far trying to fix it, and I think I saw and tried all the given solutions possible. I tried the following and nothing happened:

-accessing desk.cpl
-downloading regs from Kelly's corner
-doing some regsvr32 /i shell32.dll followed by something else
-doing SFC /SCANNOW - nothing happened
-edited some reg values manually from 1 to 0, or vice versa, whatever was suggested
-tried various anti-malware scanners and programs.

It's highly likely, that I tried other methods as well, and it never succeeded...

I have today tried another method - to run safe mode. In safe mode, I was finally able to access display properties, but any changes done there were unapplied in normal mode.

But oh boy, here's where the fun starts. After rebooting into normal mode (after already booting safe mode), I now have access to display prope... Read more

A:Unaccessable Folder View Options

You should not use the Built in Administrator as your User Profile account. If that account corrupts, you will not be able to log into the computer.
Boot into Safe Mode, go to Start/Run and type SFC /scannow. This may take a few minutes for the Windows File Protection window to pop up. If that fails, the go to Start/Run and type CMD and press enter. In the Command Prompt type SFC /scannow. Put the XP CD in and it will replace any missing files.
You also should go to Start/Run and type control userpasswords and press enter. Create a new User with Admin rights. Restart in normal mode and log in as the new user. If that works, then copy over your files from your old profile to the new. How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP

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I am using Win Xp Pro and somehow the general and the view tabs are missing as an option under My computer -- Tools and then folder options. The only tabs that are available are the File types and Offline files tab.

The general and the view tabs are missing. I became aware when I wanted to show all hidden files with a folder on my C Drive.

A:general and view tab missing in folder options

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hiiii,i have win 98 pc with pentium 4 machine.lately i have found that folder options in view menu is not there any more!!also i cannot customize a folder from view menu.it gives a error as read only and disabled by system administrator though my comp is not connected to any LAN.i also have problem starting computer in safe mode. though the screen appers giving the option for safe mode it actually does not start in safe mode and goes in dos mode.otherwise the comp is running smoothly.please help me out. i am waiting for ur help guysi am putting up my log file. Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:54:16 PM, on 9/27/06Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLLC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tskC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MDM.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\TREND MICRO\PC-CILLIN 2002\PCCIOMON.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\TREND MICRO\PC-CILLIN 2002\PCCPFW.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\NETWORK ASSOCIATES\VIRUSSCAN\AVSYNMGR.EXEC:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\NETWORK ASSOCIATES\VIRUSSCAN\VSSTAT.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\NETWORK ASSOCIATES\VIRUSSCAN\VSHWIN32.EXEC:\WINDOWS\TASKMON.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\NETWORK ASSOCIAT... Read more

A:Folder Options Vanished From View Menu!

Sorry for the delay. If you are still having problems please post a brand new HijackThis log as a reply to this topic. Before posting the log, please make sure you follow all the steps found in this topic:Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log

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Can you remove the view options bar (explore toolbar) that is shown below the forward and back buttons? Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. The bar is highlighted in red.


I found a tutorial on how to remove the toolbar here, but it apparently will only work for people using the Aero theme. I'm using the classic theme so that tutorial didn't work. Does anyone know how to remove that toolbar using the Classic theme on Windows 7 64bit?

A:Remove view options bar from folder menu

I'm bumping this thread. Does anyone know if that explore toolbar can be removed from a 64bit machine using the classic theme?

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Hi, so i got all my folder views pretty much setup the way i like them.
Only to realize i got my music folder that has about 200 + subfolders (artists) inside my "Music" folder all in list view.

Long story short, i want to apply a specific folder view to the 300+ subfolders in my music folder...filename, type, bitrate....
But yeah, right before i went to "apply to all folders", i realized all my other folder views would be scrapped with the new one.

Anyone got any ideas on setting a custom folder view to all subfolders without paving over everything else??

I was gonna try and play around with the desktop.ini, but i think that might be overkill.
Any ideas...there has to be a app the can do this but i couldnt find anything.

In short i want to keep all my custom folder views, and only change ONE main folder and all of its subfolders....in theory.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

A:Custom folder view options / software

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new to Windows 7

.windows 7.fresh out of the box, first time being turned on, whats the VERY first step towards having the same options applied to ALL folders and seeing the same options the second/third time you use windows explorer?

All previous versions gave us a list of steps to set folder options......we'd go through the steps.....youre options might be fine ...........now, but the next time you use windows explorer, your options are......not there.
Nobody ever knew how to permanently set folder options in all previous windows versions.

is it the same with windows 7

do we still have to change options on each folder that we need to?
each time we use that folder?

I haven't yet tried and I'm not touchin' folder options untill i see what you folks have to say.

A:Solved: setting folder options

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Is there a way I can set the folder Details view for Pictures WITHOUT changing the Video details view.
I want the length of my movies but not the length of my pictures and the diamensions of my pictures but not the diamensions of the movies etc.

A:Folder details view setting

Pictures and videos are generally uploaded to different folders, so the settings in each of the folders should be independent from the other. But if, for some reason, you have your pictures + videos in the same folder, I think the only way you could do that would be a work-around --- to manually transfer all of your pictures or videos to a separate folder. That way, in each of the folders, by right-clicking on the settings options and selecting 'More' at the bottom of the list, you have several hundred specific options to choose from and select.

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Is there a way to have all folders open in the same view (i.e. tile) all the time? Seems like on new installs half the time I spend changing the view to tile every time I open the folder for the first time.

A:Global Folder View Setting

Hello Tommy,

This can help show you how to.

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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Does anyone know of a method of setting a default folder view for a folder on a CD ROM?

What I want is to have a folder on a CD ROM that opens with Thumbnail view set by default.

One thought I had was to autoplay a script that launched explorer.exe and somehow set the view (not sure how to set the view from a script).

I don't want to depend on web view being enabled.


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On this same laptop, there seems to be an issue with *Folder Options - View Hidden Files and Folders.*

Each time i "check" that option to View - then i go back to verify/confirm the changes done - but the checkbox is "unchecked" again. Despite clicking on Apply and Ok to save the changes! The changes are never saved..

I have used other laptops for this same option and it all worked fine.

Please advise whether i need to apply or amend other settings for this to work?


A:Folder Options - View Hidden Files and Folders

Are you logged in as Administrator?

Have you tried disabling your Security Software? Maybe the AntiVirus or Spyware Tool is blocking the registry change.

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I'm new to Windows 8.1 (from Win XP) and I've spent the last two weeks trawling through the forum picking up tips, so thank you to everyone for guiding me from total hysteria to (near) comfort!

I've created some folders on the desktop using right click >New>Folder and pasted a couple of program shortcuts into them. When closed each folder has a tiny footprint, but when left open the shortcuts are my ?productivity powerhouse?. Three of my XP folders are for secure MSAccess databases, each folder containing tens of shortcuts with unique command switches.

In File Explorer I like the Details view and visible Navigation pane, but in the desktop folders I like icons and to hide the unnecessary Navigation pane to make best use of real estate. I can live without icons but I've learnt they stick if I right click>Properties>Customize and ?Optimize this folder for: Videos?.

My problem is that I can't get the desktop folder attributes to behave independently of File Explorer. Hiding the Navigation pane in one also hides it in the others, and any manual sizing or position is inherited by the other.

Am I missing something obvious?

I've tried all sorts of approaches and my brain is so twisted I can't remember all of them, but the best solution (I've been able to find) is a taskbar toolbar. It's not what I'd call a fast and productive solution because toolbars don't stay open, but they are small and behave consistently.

Many thanks for any help.

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For some reason there are a couple of tabs missing from the "Folder Options" window...(The General & View tabs are missing), heres a pic


Anyways, for the longest time I've been trying to find a fix for this.. ive tried numerous registry tweaks and such, but to no avail...

A:Win XP Folder Options:Missing General & View tabs...

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Hi was finding that many people are having issues trying to fix their folder options under tools. the actual problem was that it was not allowing you to change hidden file to viewable files and vice versa. well you guys can try this, i used a simple little program called kavokiller, now not sure what generates this problem with folder options but i remembered it happened after my computer had some trojans and worms, and i think a kavo . anyways here is where u can get it from. (or you can use my attachment)


Not able to see hidden files can also prevent u from properly cleaning your PC from malwares and virsus etc. so while this might work as a temporary solution it helps so u can really find whats your pc's problem that how i deleted some damn disgusting trojans.

its very easy to use, its not in english lol. just restart your pc in safe mode, unzip and click to open, then press the one and only botton you see just click yes to agree take about 3 seconds or depending on your pc about 30 sec the most . restart ur computer over again and it should work fine, please make you run and good virus scan after wards and ah.... yeah... I love nod32 sorry guys it works for me.

well hope this helps a bit...

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[Please note I have attached a couple of small screenshots for the following problem]
I have a pretty frustrating problem. I seem to have some hidden files and folders which I CANNOT view in the normal way.
Normally, if I have hidden files and folders and I want to reveal them, I do the normal thing and go to
Tools > Folder Options > View
And I check the box "Show hidden files, folders and drives"

However, I have noticed that a lot of my folders are not visible at all, not even the "transparent icon", even with this box checked, and only become available to see when I do a search for them.

For example, I have a folder with piano lessons in it, of ripped dvds and ripped cds, under the same folder "Learn & Master Piano"
All the ripped DVD lessons are visible in this folder, however, there are sub-folders under "Learn and Master Piano" containing the CD's called variously "Play Along CD 1" and "Play Along CD 2" etc. and there are 5 of them.

However, none of these are visible at all when I go into the folder "Learn and Master Piano". What I have to do is go to the search box and do a search for "Play Along CD" to reveal them in explorer.

I only came across this because it appeared incidentally in explorer when I was searching for other things.

This makes me wonder how many other thousands of files and folders I have downloaded or whatever are totally invisible !!
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A:Cannot view hidden Folders and Files Even When through Folder Options

Have you tried to uncheck the hide system files option?

You can try to use 7zip.
It is free and safe to use.
It will show all of the folders even the hidden ones.
Once in the folder click on propties and
uncheck the hide this folder option.
Sending a screen shot of the 1st option
I mentioned.


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After using the RTM build for about a week with no issues, the option to open a folder in the same window when clicked, is no longer working properly.

Now, when clicked, all folders are opening up in a new window and this is very annoying! I havent changed any settings and the folder options are still set correctly. I have tried changing the folder options to see if it would change this behaviour but it did not. What is really strange is that this also happened on my first install of Vista RTM before reinstalling this copy, after about the same time of usage-about 1 week.

Has anybody ran into this or know what is happening? I havent installed any new hardware or software and I havent tried any repairs or recovery yet. I wanted to ask before I started poking around and making any changes in the OS.

A:Vista folder options setting issue

Try this link. It's really simple, the extra is just if the quick merge option doesn't work, it's safe also. I have used it twice, I need to do a reinstall. It fixed alot of my problems with folder options.

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When I change the view option of a folder; IE List to Details etc; it changes for all the folders. I'd like to be able to just change the view for that single folder. It's really annoying having to reset the view with every new folder I decide to open.

A:Problems setting folder view option

Hello pancake,

It sounds like you are doing this in a library instead of a folder. All included folders in a library share the same folder view setting no matter which folder in the library it was set in.

To have separate folder views, you would need to be in the actual folder instead of in the library.

For example, instead of the Documents library, you would want to be in your actual "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" folder.

Hope this helps,

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I am trying to set "list view" as my default folder view in Windows 7; but, the "apply to all folders" button is grayed out. I am relegated to changing it ad infinitum.

How do I 'un gray' this button.

A:Setting folder view default in Windows 7

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About a year or so ago I was having task pane problems and used Kelly's Korner "Increase Folder View Options Limit" to reset the registry to 8000. That worked. However, with new folders and adding another drive I seem to be having the problem again.

I seem to remember something about 10,000 being tried but, 8000 was settled upon.

Is 8000 the max or can I go higher?

A:Increase folder view options limit past 8000?

From everything I read I think the 8000 is the limit, here is the page to download from TC. it is line two.


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How do you set up a default folder view of "List" for ALL the folders in Windows 7 including the optical drive?   Artoo

A:setting a default folder view for all folders in Windows 7

The "Apply to folders" settings apply the current view setting to all folders that are optimized for the same content as the folder you have open. This setting will not apply to the folders which is not the same type.
According to my test, the Computer view will change to "titles" or "Details" automatically. It should be the by designed feature.
As for the folder view in optical drive and the subfolder, the view setting will apply. If it does not, please check the folder type. According to the following link, you can change the type of file that a folder is optimized for from right-click the folder, click Properties, click the Customize tab, click a file type in the Optimize this folder for list, and then click OK.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Change-folder-options#section_3Hope it helps.Vivian Xing - MSFT

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I have a folder where I keep my Windows desktop wallpaper. This folder has over 500 images. Every time I want to change my wallpaper I navigate to this folder and set the view to large icons so that I can preview the images before setting them as my desktop background.

The first issue I have is whenever I set the view to large icons it takes forever for the images to preview. (I guess Windows is parsing each image to generate thumbnails.) If I scroll down to like the bottom of the page and wait until the thumbnail previews are generated (which takes like 5-10 seconds), then I scroll back up to the top it seems like the thumbnails are re-generated thereby causing me to have to wait again. As I move up and down in this folder the issue repeats causing many delays. If the folder only contains a few images this is not an issue but with my folder, which contains 500+ images (each ~2 Mb) it really slows things down.

Is there a way to configure Windows such that generating thumbnail previews happens faster and doesn't repeat so much?

The main reason why I am asking this question is due to another issue with Windows and setting background images...

Lets say I scroll to the bottom of the folder and right-click and image to set it as my desktop background. As soon as I do this the window scrolls all the way back up to the top again! I then have to scroll back down to where I was. If I am going through each image one by one this causes me to loose my... Read more

A:Setting Image As Background - Slow + Folder View Resetting

Generating thumbnails does take time, especially if they are high resolution images for large screen backgrounds. Why not segregate them into subfolders by type or style then it should display the top folder faster. Then choose which subfolder you want. It should display them fast.

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In short, the problem I'm having is that when I open the Folder Options control panel, the only tabs that appear are File Types and Offline Files. I would like to change some other folder settings that normally appear under the General and View tabs, but they're not there!

Relevant Info:
Windows XP SP2 (completely updated)
No spyware or viruses
Logged in as an administrator
Tried safe mode, same results
Have restarted multiple times

The only other possibly important issue is that I recently replaced a stick of bad RAM in this machine that was causing flakiness. The machine is very stable now, but could this have affected Windows? I doubt it, but am pretty much out of ideas for what might be causing this.

Any help would be much appreciated. Also if anyone needs more info, I'm happy to provide it.

Thanks, Pete

A:winxp - folder options panel doesn't show general or view tabs

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I'm facing very strange problem, Whenever I go to Tools-->Folder Options-->
View-->Hidden files and folders. I find both the radio buttons as checked ie. "Show hidden files and folders" and "Do not show....."

I scanned my PC with Norton Antivirus, AVG, No-Adware,Spyware Doctor but nothing helped
Any suggestions??
p/s: I'm having WinXP.

A:Solved: Folder Options-->View-->Hidden files and folders(both the radio buttons checked)

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Win10 Explorer View Options "Apply to All Folder"

I have tried a few suggestions on the web to correct this issue.

I work with a lot of Image / Video files in various folders. My prefered view to use is "Details" for ALL folders !

Here's the last thing I have tried:

How to Fix Annoying Folder View Type Change Problem in Windows

This seemed to fix all the normal browsing except when I do a "Search" on the folder pane ?

When I do a search in the explorer for a particular filename the windows switches from "Details" to "Content". Then i go to the folder "Options" on this content view and switch it to "Details". Now the "Apply to Folders" is GREYED out ?

ASUS Laptop
Intel i7 2.40 Ghz
Win 10 Pro x64; 8 Gb mem

FYI: Use Avast FREE .... not using ESET

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I've set the default folder view to Details for all drive folders.

But the folder I am currently working from is accessed through the internet, i.e. the file path at the top of the window starts with "The Internet".

This defaults to icon view even though I applied the Details view to all other drive folders.

Is there a way to set the default view for internet folders?

A:Setting default folder view for "The Internet" path?

Are you able to take a screenshot of the folder in question, i'm not sure what you mean by the internet folder?


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Setting the Windows Explorer default folder view in Windows 7

After being frustrated by this for years I think I might have fixed it. I installed a new version of Win 7 on my desktop, set the folder views like I like them and they stayed that way. I?ve rebooted about 15 times since and they are still like I set them!

But my laptop which I use most keeps switching them back to how it wants it every time I reboot and sometimes just after a few hours?it resets them. You know how aggravating this is. So I looked online again like I?d done for years with no avail and one guy
pointed to a location in the registry that he thought that this adjustment was located: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.

So I looked at this location on my laptop and on my newer version of windows on my desktop, which has minimal programs loaded on it. On my desktop there is a folder called ?MenuOrder? in this ?Explorer? folder which my laptop doesn?t have. And on my laptop
there is a folder called ?Folder Types? that my desktop doesn?t have.

On my laptop, the one where the menus keep changing, there are 4 folders in this ?Folder Types? folder. Each with a long name of just numbers and letters. So I set a restore point and have a backup of my hard drive, I exported the ?Folder Types? folder to a
location on my hard drive, after I took a screenshot (photo) of the registry. Then I deleted the ?Folder Types? folder and r... Read more

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how can i disable the feature remember each folder's view setting
here is a screenshow , i can' t find in my windows 7


can you help me please


A:how disable "remember each folder's view setting"

That feature was removed in windows 7 as a means of making it more efficient than vista. Storing view settings each file over will slow a computer down significantly over time. You can set a default view for files which have a specific type of content, but not for each individual file.

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I have a problem...

Folder view "Group by" setting not saved

-after closing the folder then reopen it
-after a reboot or shutdown

I want to group by > date but it is loosing this setting each time

A:Folder view "Group by" setting not saved

Hello madmax2,

See if after resetting all folder views back to default, you may be able to set it and have it be remembered.

Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default

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