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

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

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?

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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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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?

A:Setting Folder View Options

Have you tried this? Windows Explorer Folder View settings

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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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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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When I search in a music folder the results show #, Title, Contributing artists, Album, Rating, and Folder. I don't show any of those in my normal default view for music files except for title. Is there anyway to make the search results show the same columns that I normally see. What it's showing is of very little use. I have to right click and chose "open file location" before I can recognize what files I'm looking at in the results window. When you get many matches to a folder search that becomes a long and tedious process. Thanks.

Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

A:How to make folder search result show same columns as default view?

Larry don't know if this will help as I am on my 8 laptop but I think the same thing applies.
See my pic I just pick Music form the Start library list and you can see the path I take and the settings for the listing.

I am running in 8 but with the 7 set up look so it shouldn't be much of a difference.

I hope this is what you are after.

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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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I'm running Windows 8.1 Home edition. How do I make the list view the default view in windows explorer to ALL folders? I actually set this view to all folders. But some folders revert to other views. Is there a fix for this?

A:How Do I Make List View the Default View?

Hello koolx,

You can use the method in the tutorial below to set that folder view to all folders.

Folder View - Set a Default for all Folders in Windows 8

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I was able to keep my home page on the browser where I want it. However, I have a seach toolbar that shows up whenever I open the broswer. I can select not to see with the 'view' tab but it gets reselected for view whenever I open the Broswer.

I also get the same 'search' toolbar in other windows (Windows Explorer for example.

Another porblem which seems to be related to the same source, is that although I have remember file view selections when reopening a folder in 'Folder Option' it always goes back to 'Large Icons' (I want 'list')

The problems all come from the original Broser Hi-jack thing. Can anyone advise?

A:Browser Tool Bar(also folder view) View Default

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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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When I start up WMP (Windows Media Player) 11 it goes to the "Now Playing" screen. I never use that screen.

I want it to start up in the "Library" showing all the Artist in the thumbnail view. Right now I have to manually change to that view every time.

Is there a way to make this the default view on start up?


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Title says it -

I want to make my default view LIST instead of icons.


Have looked in control panel, display, don't see it.

A:How to make the default view LIST in XP?

where do you want the list

where do you want the list? when exploring a folder or drive?

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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 want to make it so that when I choose File>Open from any program I get Detail list view of files sorted by date modified. I currently have Explorer set to this configuration, is there any way to do this so all my programs do this.(Windows XP pro) Thanks for any input.

A:Setting Default View for Opening Programs

File/Open only reveals files (in a folder)...when employed from Explorer view.

Programs are used to open files.

If you have a file and the program to open is not set in Windows...then a new window opens whereby you select a program to open that particular file. Once this is done, you can also set that particular program to open all files of that same type. This can also be done or modified...using Folder Options in Explorer.


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I've got both Netscape 7 and IE on my system. Netscape is the default browser now, but I would prefer IE (loads faster). I've already ticked the "check to see if IE is the default browser" box in IE's Options but I don't get a prompt asking me if I want to make IE the default browser.

What should I do?


A:How to make IE the default browser (already ticked the box under Options)

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A:How to make IE11 look like default view I don't know how It got likeit

Hi I not sure what you mean ?
The view looks the same as always,
The other options google moved to the tick-tack-toe symbol on the top right,
Other than that the only thing your missing is across the top Upgrade you default search engine popup and another to upgrade your browser to Chrome

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Hey there, mates.

Got this small issue, and can't find an answer. Sorry in advance if it's lame.

I have a setup with Windows 7 Pro and Outlook 2007 Pro. When receiving emails with attached emails and saving those attachments, Outlook always goes to a default folder (Say %userprofile%\Documents). Is there a way to force Olk2007 to point to last location an attachment was saved to? I thought it might be W7 issue, but couldn't get through on that front either. Ideas?


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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 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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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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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?

A:Folder View Options

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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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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 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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I want to make Windows Media Player the default when I click on a link at a website, for example, streaming radio stations. Now when I click on the link VLC comes up and it doesn't work. What do I do?

A:Where are the setting to make media player default

You can open Windows Media Player then go to Tools -> Options. Select the "File Types" heading and select all the type or click "Select All". Click on Apply/OK.


Use Set Program Access and Defaults from the Start Menu, from the Control Panel, or from Add/Remove Programs and set Windows Media Player as the default media player.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have 2 Windows 10 installs, on the 1st the Start menu is perfect as I require, the second I cannot get to match as the "folders"on the left remain minimised..

Basically I want to get this

to this

All I really want is the folders to show in their expanded view by default with all apps below power, instead of having the Folders hidden more or less and the all apps list making a mess of my start menu!!

I have searched the menu screens and endlessly compared the settings but think I am missing something.

Any help would be much appreciate.



A:How do I make Folders show in expanded view by default in Windows 10?

Hi @adam321, welcome to tenforums.com!

Your first pic is the current Build, the second pic is of an older Build.
I'm afraid there's no way to change the current one to the older style.
Quickest way to expand the collapsed list would be WinKey/Tab/Enter.

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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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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!

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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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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 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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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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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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How can I make the display options under Windows Explorer the same for ALL folders. i.e. if I want to display the Name, Filename, File Type, date modified, length, and size...but I want it to do this for ALL folders on my computer. Right now, I can manually change these settings on a folder by right clicking at the top and selecting each of these...but I cannot find a option to make it do this across all folders the same.I don't see anything under "change and view folder options" that will do it either.

A:How to make folder options the same for all folders?

See if this tutorial by Brink helps:

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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Is there a way to make all your folders display files in list view by default without changing each one?

A:Default Folder View

In Control Panel, go to Folder Options, and under View enable "Always show menus". Now go to Windows Explorer and set it up the way you want. Return to Folder Options - now you can get to it via the Tools menu - and under View select "Apply to all folders".

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When I open a folder, I would like the Home tab to be the default view instead of the File tab. Any way to do this ?

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