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Windows explorer file view in folder

Q: Windows explorer file view in folder

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
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This is an annoying problem. Whenever I open a folder in windows explorer it displays the files as "large Icons" and I want details. So I have to go to View and change it. But the next time it will again open in "large Icons" is there a way to change the default from "large Icons" to details ?

A: Windows explorer file view in folder

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With my folders I usually change the view options to "Details", and order either "alphabetically" or by "date modified" but when I restart these settings are not saved and I have to do it again. Not the end of the world but is it something I can help or is it not?

Thanks in advance


A:Folder/file view preferences don't save in Explorer

Hello Hulou, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you might see if using the tutorial below to set this folder view to all folders may work better for you. You will still be able to set individual folder views afterwards as well though.

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

Hope this helps,

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Each time a new FE is opened, I would like it to always show the same display (of my choosing). How can I achieve this?

A:Make Win 8.1 File Explorer remember my folder view settings

See the "automatic fix" here: the registry fix unless you are very happy in there.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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On my wifes computer, when using Windows Explorer, I cannot get it to stay in folder view. When I click on a folder, it displays a single window with the folder contents, but the panel on the left showing the folders goes away. I cannot find a way to bring it back.

This is a real PITA when copying or moving files from one place to another. All I can do is, copy the files, close WE, re-open WE, and navigate to the destination folder, press Ctrl+V to paste the files into the new location. Then, if I want to delete the from the original location, I have to repeat the process and delete them from the first folder. I could use, CTRL+X, I know, but I don't trust Windows enough to do that.

There must be a way to make WE behave like in XP, but I have not found it. Thanks in advance for help here.

A:Folder View in Windows Explorer does not appear

If I understand the problem correctly, you must enter the "organize" tab, choose "layout" and then select navigation pane. Hold the shift down when you exit . The next time you open up you should be able to see the folders all the time.

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Hello all, I have two problems which I think might be related. First off, everytime I want to go into my c: drive, windows asks me what program do I want to use, and I manually select windows explorer, then I am able to go in c: drive...never did that before..just noticed the problem maybe a week or so. Secondly, I am not able to view hidden folders, when I select the view hidden folders and apply the selection, I then go back to see if it is still selected and it is not. It reverts back automatically to do not show hidden folders, further more, I've noticed that I've been experiencing frequent error messages while I am navigating to various websites, and windows explorer now has to close. I am using avg antivirus and antispyware updated of course. I am attaching a hijack this log.

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\SuperTV Pro\RemoteService\rs.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft... Read more

A:Windows explorer and hidden folder view

Hello Muy Raro,

Infection is showing here, so let's get to some repairs, then see about those other problems as well if our repairs don't resolve them (I think they will). Be sure when posting to include the entire logs (the HijackThis log is missing the header portion).
To keep them from interfering with the repairs, be sure to temporarily disable all antivirus/anti-spyware softwares while these steps are being completed. This can usually be done through right clicking the software's Taskbar icons, or accessing each software through Start - Programs.
Download ComboFix.exe from here to your desktop, but I would like you to rename the file as you download it (do not download it directly without renaming it). Just save it to your desktop as MyCombo.exe. Then click the MyCombo.exe file to run the repair.

When the command window opens, select 1 (and Enter). Allow the scan to run. When completed a text window will appear - please copy/paste the contents back here. This log can also be found at C:\ComboFix.txt.

When starting ComboFix will cause your computer's internal speakers to produce two beeps, and during the start process display two warnings. These are intended to discourage people who are not getting help in the forum from just experimenting with tools they do not understand. Just to inform you so you will understand that the procedures are expected, and okay.
A caution - do not touch your mouse/keyboard until the scan has completed. The scan wi... Read more

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Problem on my wife's computer.

This is a recent phenomena, all was well until a few days ago.

she/I am unable to get folders to open in their own window even though the "Options" setting says they should.

I have followed the instructions (3 times) detailed here, but nothing helps.

Any other suggestions?


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I swear . . . it's seemingly the easiest things that give me the most trouble. I'm trying to configure Windows Explorer so that I get the split view, where you see the Folders view in the left pane and the files/directories/details view in the right pane. I can the Folder view, by clicking on the Folder option at the top of Windows Explorer, but I just can't seem to figure out how to lock that configuration, so that Windows Explorer opens with that View every single time. Any help?

A:Solved: Folder View w/Windows Explorer

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These tutorials:
Windows Explorer Folder View settings
Folder Options
Windows Explorer - Folder Type Templates
Shortcut Default Open Window Size

..all gone through now but I'm STILL having the same problem I've spent 48 straight painful hours trying to solve. I beg you to solve this for me. I'm losing my mind!

I've googled every forum there is, all with the same result: Lot's of threads with the same question, though no solutions that work for me. I am losing it and I really hope this forum can help me fix this setting in Vista.

I got a Dell XPS M1530, running Vista Ultimate 32bit.

I can see many explain the same problem. You open a window in Vista such as "My pictures" or what ever, and the window that opens open in a non maximized state (800x600 or something I think I could read here somewhere). For me the best example I can give is when I open a folder going through the start menu (for example accessories, Administrative tools, Games etc.), everything I click is opened in a small window (unless I've been there before and maximized it manually and closing it so Vista remembers it so that next time it's maximized. Oh, that’s great right? Well problem is there are thousands of folders and such in a computer and I do NOT want to have to do that every single time. Every time there's a new folder I haven’t opened before and I open it for the first time, I have to maximize it. Every single time…..I am going crazy!

Solutions I found on the web... Read more

A:Windows Explorer Folder View settings

No reply's yet.....Am I the only one bugged with the fact that the windows don't open maximized? Am I the wierd one all alone hating this, and in fact it's not changeable?

Man I hope I don't have to force my self to accept this issue.....

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This is my first time on the forum, and I'd like to ask for some help.
Until today, I was browsing through my folders normally. No changed settings, no forgotten ones, and then the problem arrived.
While saving some files, I realized that the settings of my folder views in the explorer window have changed to arrange folders to "Modified" instead of "Name". In this case, I tried to save something in a folder named "Images":

So I decide to try and change them back to the old setting:

It worked for that moment while I saved the file, however when I try to view folders in the same explorer again, it reverts to old settings:

I also noticed that the icons for my drives on PC are arranged not by name, but by free space available, and same thing as above happens when I try to revert settings:

To note: I'm using Windows XP Service Pack 2. This only happens when I use the explorer from other applications like Firefox, IE, Photoshop etc...all programs and applications which use folder browsing, while browsing the folders through My Computer, My Documents etc. seems to work alright. Any ideas what might be the issue?

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I recently did a fresh install of Win 2k and shortly after Windows Explorer stopped saving its own view settings. Other programs start up with their windows properly saved,
but Windows Explorer doesn't. At first it opened full expanded, taking up the whole screen. The "Remember each folder's view settings" box was checked by default and I
hadn't change the default setting when the problem began. After a week of this glitch behavior, Windows Explorer spontaneously started opening in a window taking up about
half the screen and still does so.

Using a hard close with CTRL key and the Close command does not work. I think something in the Registry is corrupted. I run Registry Mechanic every day but it hasn't
helped. Is there a way to edit the Registry to get the settings to be freshly rewritten?

A:Windows Explorer does not remember folder view settings

You may have to do a repair-install of Windows 2000

Look under Windows 2000 and you will find information on the repair-install.

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I recently bought a second internal dvd drive, physically installed it, plugged it into the last remaining SATA port on the mother board.

When I inserted a data dvd, autoplay popped up giving me one option - to open folder to view files with Windows Explorer. When I clicked that option nothing happened.
When I insert a blank dvd, Nero opens its burning app as it is set to and I'm able to burn a dvd on that drive. Nero is also set to verify the compilation which it does with no problem.
When i reinsert the same dvd, the same option pops up with the same result - nothing.
When insert an audio cd, Winamp will play the cd but I'm not able to "open" the cd with Windows Explorer.

By trying all combinations of cables and dvd drives to make sure that both the cables and drives were working properly, I determined that whatever drive was plugged into that last SATA port would not function properly.

The only options in my BIOS that I could find referring to SATA drives was to enable or disable the SATA controller.

I'd really like to have both dvd drives fully functional and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A:DVD drive will not open folder to view files with Windows Explorer

First of all explain in detail...

1.DVD Drive is visible in My computer?
If not so remove the dvd drive and reconnect to system.

2.Can you eject automatically the DVD from my computer Through eject option?

3.Can you eject manually??

4.Can you View files and folders in drive?

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So I've been living with this problem for about seven years at this point, and it's finally gotten so bad that I just can't take it anymore.

I view a lot of image files (I'm a photographer), and I tend to do so in Explorer in thumbnail view. Which works just fine, most of the time. However, after a day or two of going into this folder, that folder and setting them to thumbnail view, I'll open up some other random folder -- My Documents, for example, or My Computer, or literally anything else -- and they'll be set to thumbnail view. And it's not just thumbnail view: If I set a bunch of folders to list view, eventually I'll open up some other unrelated folder and it'll be set to list view.

Thus far, my only solution has been to go into Tools > Folder Options... > View and click "Reset All Folders." That USUALLY works; everything gets set back to Large Icon view and I can go on about my business for another few days/hours. When "Reset All Folders" doesn't work for me (something that's been happening more frequently as time goes on), what I end up doing is setting whatever folder I'm looking at back to Large Icon view, and then going to Tools > Folder Options... > View and clicking "Like Current Folder."

As of about a week ago, this problem has become near-unbearable. I haven't even been working on images or setting lots of folders to this view or that, but the system jus... Read more

A:Windows Explorer constantly resets folder view settings

Try reading this:,289483,sid1_gci950865,00.html?FromTaxonomy=%2Fpr%2F5e3

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I am confused.  "My Music" folder is no where to be found under username. This is strange and I cant seem to recreate it.Under C:/username in the explorer view (left side) I now have:My DocumentsMy PicturesMy VideosI don't have:My MusicBut if you actually go to my computer, then the username folder in the C drive, you won't see those three folders.....why is that 


A:Libraries appear in one explorer view, but missing in folder view

Kindly stop starting multiple threads that discuss the same subject (libraries and user folders). You started multiple threads roughly three hours apart and it's confusing to people following them, myself included, because we wouldn't know which one to reply to and which one to ignore, plus it's in total disregard to cross-posting etiquette. The first one located here already started receiving relevant replies and people are more likely to follow it, so I recommend you stick to that thread and await responses therein. The other extra and unnecessary thread is here, plus this one.

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When I open Windows Explorer in the Folders View Mode (folders on the left and files on the right), and try to view the contents of my primary master IDE hard drive, there is a 30 second to 3 minute delay before the drive's contents are display. During the delay, the any other process on the computer also comes to a halt until the drive's contents are displayed in Windows explorer.

If I close the left hand side (folders) in Windows Explorer, there is no delay.

My primary master IDE drive is NOT my boot drive. My boot drive is a separate SCSI drive.

Any Suggestions?

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For a long time the my documents icon has been missing in the folders view of windows explorer. It shouldn't be a big deal, but it bugs me sometimes that I can't figure how to fix it.

I've attached a picture of it.


A:Nuisance... can't solve: my documents icon missing in windows explorer, folder view

Start your computer in SAFE mode then restart it in Normal mode. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file.

You could also download Tweak UI at the link below. After you install it you'll find it in Satrt>Programs>Powertoys for Windows XP>Tweak UI. Open it and under Repair then choose Rebuild Icons.


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Hi everyone, I recently setup an FTP server using this genius little piece of hardware called CloudFTP (now called iUSBport as of today, LOL).

Anyways, I can access my CloudFTP just fine through my smartphone, using a file explorer app w/FTP ability.

My question is, is there a downloadable Windows 7 file explorer freeware/software app that can do exact the same thing as my Android? Currently, I am only able to access the CloudFTP via Windows through the Google Chrome browser, but the interface is.... dismal, to say the least.

I like the built-in Windows 7 explorer just fine, but I'm not sure I can access my FTP server using it. I may not even want to, even if it could.

A:I need a Windows file explorer that can view/modify FTP files?

type in an FTP address in Explorer's address bar. ftp://ip-address-here/

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I am not new to Windows at all, but I am trying hard to get this view back in my Windows 8 File Explorer from Windows 7.
(I need to link to a pic, as I do not know the correct terms for it.)

I think it is possible, just do not know how to get the disk size and space used properties to show.

A:Windows 8 File Explorer properties view question

Have you tried this?

Attachment 24387

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Example I am looking at a full window of folders with five coloumns of folders. If I double click on a folder in any coloumn except the far left coloumn, all of the coloumns move to the left by one coloumn space. Reseting file and view settings does not
fix the problem. I have seen this on Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Enterprise. It does not matter if it is on a domain or not or if a group policy is setting the home page.
This means I have to click twice as many times to open a folder in list view and that is the view I really want to use. Clicking twice as many times is also not good for carpel tunnel. This happens on my home and work computers and I have seen it on other
Windows 7 computers. Neither does the reg hack for MIUs or something similiar to that.

A:Windows 7 Explorer in list view moves coloumns of folders to left when you double click folder to open it

That’s a by design feature, but you can apply view settings to all folders of the same type. Here are
the detailed steps:
1. Open a folder and make changes as you like.
2. Press Alt to display the menu bar. Click Tools -> Folder options.
3. Click View tab.
4. Press the "Apply to folders" button.
5. Click Apply and click OK.
Note: 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.

Hope that helps.
Leo   HuangPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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This has stumped me so good I actually signed up to a forum... Hey guys..

Long story short.. "Show Libraries" refuses to work in File Explorer

I've done this.. And it doesn't do anything. It doesn't even leave a check or anything.

I've done this.. And while it leaves a check showing it's "working".. It still isn't showing my libraries

I've also done this.. It checks, I hit apply, ok to close the box and nope.. If I re-open the folder options again the box is unchecked.

The only way in File Explorer I can get it to show my libraries is use "Show All Folders".. Which I don't want to do.

The strangest part is.. In the OPEN Dialog (the dialog that opens if you want to browse files to upload to say, imgur).. It works as it should..

I've done a sfc /scannow and it comes out clean.. I have no idea how File Explorer got so corrupt. Windows updates are all current, etc..

A:Windows 8.1 File Explorer pane broken library view

Hello Styckx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Using Option Four in the tutorial below to add Libraries to the navigation pane may be able to sort this for you.

Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

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I work with a lot of animation sequences, and when using Win explorer it has always irked me that if I want to view anything but list or details view then the filenames are truncated.

This is a problem because the sequences I work with often have long(ish) names and numerically iterated, generally being suffixed by a padded number.

Is there a way that I can view tiles, or content, or icons without having the filenames truncated?

(Bonus question: how come sometimes I get the option to view 'content' and other times the option is not there?)

Thanks peeps.

Example image of what I'm talking about:

A:Windows explorer - How do I view full file names AND see an icon

You could try these options:
Increasing the Icon Spacing (horizontal and vertical) can allow for longer filenames.
Setting the icons to the largest size can also allow you to view longer names.
Also you could use Details view and have the Preview Pane active.
That program seems to be using the old style Windows dialogue boxes, so I'm not sure if any of the options (I listed above) will have much effect.

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Hi all,

I have been hammered by several viruses. The result of the attack is that Windows Explorer now shows the file type for an exe file to be a file folder instead of an application. I assume there is something not right in the registry but I do not know where to start looking. Can anyone help? Thanks very much.

A:Windows Explorer Is Defaulting "file Folder" File Type For Registration

I'm not sure this is what you are talking about, but you can change the icon:
Tools -> Folder options -> File types
Mark the file and press "advanced".

*edit stupid mouse

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A:Is there a way to view sub folders like a Mac OS folder explorer?

I don't know of a way to get windows explorer to do that but you can use third party software to get column view with the contents of each folder displayed in a new column.

I use several explorer alternatives - one of those is Ultra Explorer Portable and it can be configured to do what you are asking for.

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hey guys, does anyone know how to view the size of folders in explorer? the same way i can see the size of individual files?


A:How to view folder size from explorer?

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Basically, what I mean in W7

You have Hard Disk Drive

Devices With Removable Storage

Network Location

In Windows 8

I have folders

Devices With Removable Storage

Network Location

Any ways to hide the folders in this PC

A:How to move folder in Windows 8 File Explorer

Its really hard to understand what it is you want the way you are typing and skipping words that would make up a legible sentence. I literally read your questions (?) as many different ways as possible. All I can conclude is that you would like to hide certain folders when your external (or network) drive is plugged into your system?

Can you right click on specific folders and tick them as hidden? Then make sure in "folder options" you have selected "Don't show hidden folders & drives"

Is this what you are asking buddy?

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I was trying to view a Pages document on my PC, so I converted it to a .zip folder and tried to look at the preview. The preview only displayed one page, so I decided to copy and paste it into an e-mail from a Mac, but when I tried to access it on the Mac (from a USB stick), it still appeared as a .zip folder, and I couldn't find any way to convert it back into a Pages document. Is there any way I can view .zip folders as files, or have I lost the document?

A:View ZIP folder as file

What is a "Pages document"?

Why compact it into a zip file to read it?

How did you "Convert" it to a zip file?

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I was playing about with adding date modified to sort out some files, but now i can't get rid of this view, which i don't like, it's probably something very easy, only if you know how lol

here's the view, you'll see the red arrows for what is not going away

A:File View in Folder

Press the ALT key to bring up the menu bar. Then go to View - Group By. Change it to (None)

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I am running Win XP Professional (SP 3).
In Windows Explorer, all my folders are set up to display files in Detail view.  For a few folders, which are full of subfolders, I want to change this to thumbnail view -- without changing each subfolder manually.
I have tried to fixes proposed online -- customizing the folder properties and checking the "apply to subfolders" box; turning off "Remember folder settings" in the Folder Options menu first, or in between.  None of this seems works for me.  If the "Remember' box is  unchecked, then, the customization of one folder (and its subfolders) actually affects the whole drive.
Is it possible to do what I want in Win XP?
Thanks for any ideas,

A:Any way to set all subfolders to same view parameters as folder in Win Explorer?

Hi -
I just checked mine. Open Windows Explorer, at the top Go > View > and check the tab marked "Icons"
This may be the setting that you are after -
Thank You -

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When we open our storage HD for media (flicks and TV) and other folders with files and or other folders inside the File FOLDER. the command bar shows a column for size, length, date, etc but it shows no information. We'd mostly like to see the size of the file FOLDER with the files and folders in it. man now I'm confused.....

M/Videos/Folder/folders/files how to display size of the red folder in the size column in windows explorer

A:How do I show file FOLDER size in windows explorer

Issue has been discussed at Sevenforums already.

Folder size?
Any way to get the folder size to show in details?
Folder Size in Windows Explorer

Probably, best advice (non-3d party) here.

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Is there any way to format folder file display for a group of folders (or subfolders) in file manager? I need to be able to do this to display my contacts properly, for example. It looks like you can either format file inforamation display for all the folders or an individual folder (one-at-a-time), but not a group of folders. If this is true, why?

A:Windows Explorer (File Manager) Folder Formatting

I don't know if you could create another "type" such as Windows has for photos, music, etc.. I'd look through Brink's tutorials first. If nothing there you might try Windows Annoyances.

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I recently had to do a system restore and now my .jpg and jpeg files have a bad file icon. They still do open with the windows pic program as I want them to - but only on the admin accout, I usually surf and play and do everything else with a user account, and even if I reset everything under folder options for the file associacions it somehow doesn't apply to the other account.
The funny thing is that windows tells me in the file association menu that I changed the file association's properties and can set them back to standart "photo suite 6" - a program that I uninstalled ages ago ... can I somehow set this back to the normal winxp picture and fax displaying thing?

A:File opens with wrong program, bad file icon in explorer view

problem solved...

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This is the kind of thing that makes Windows a pain.

I'm in a folder, where I know a file should be, yet I don't see it.
I refresh, by going back and forth in diff. folders and yet when I go back to the original I still don't see it.

I do a search and it shows me that it is in fact where I thought it should be.
Yet when I go there, it doesn't appear in the list.....

Back and forth several times........

Finally, by luck, I click on the "name" button at the top of folder view, then apparently it refreshes and appears.

Any ideas on why this is ? or what happened, and how to fix or resolve this ?

A:Folder view , file not showing ??


Try this, open the folder & right mouse on any blank space in the folder (Not on an item) & then set the viewing mode as per the picture.

Once you have done it, play with the settings until they suit your needs after that, OK?

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I got a new computer with intel i7 chip and windows 7.
I had all of my music/photos/files backed up on a 2TB external harddrive.
I copied all of the files from the backup to the new computer harddrive.

Here's where it gets strange.

I have over 6000 songs that were kept in one folder each with the band name and track title.
On the new computer under my music every song (mp3 file) is in a folder for each specific album and another for each specific band which creates a lot of folders to dig through.
How can I get all of the songs to display as before (all of the songs in one folder and not folders within folders?
Thank you,

A:File/Folder View problem / ?

Look under View / Group by. Uncheck all and it should be like you want to see it.

File and Folder Arrangement - Group by - Sort by - Arrange by

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Hey guys,

Is there any way to make a reg file that I can tweak ALL the windows explorer views to show just the following: Name | Size | Date modified

Windows drives me crazy with it's "defaults" for various views.

Any help appreciated.

A:Folder view Reg file for settings

You could just arrange it as you like, once for each type (there are only 5 types), and after changing each file type, navigate to Folder Options\View and click on the Apply to Folders 'button' (bar, actually). This will change the folder views for all folders of that type to the settings you specify.

The file types are: General, Documents, Pictures, Music and Video.

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders


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When I backup to an external USB drive, Explorer shows the 2 folders created (WindowsImageBackup and MYNAME-PC) as having 0 bytes, 0 files and 0 folders when right clicking those folders and looking at Properties.
Yet, if I right click the drive icon, Properties shows the drive with 15GB of used space.
Is this normal? I'm not using third party software for the backup.

A:Can't view folder size on backup drive with Explorer

Yes it is normal. Windows Explorer does not go where it does not have permission to go.

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Is there a /switch to get Explorer to open in HD path view instead of User (Documents) folder.. I'm looking for the ability to open an Explorer window in C: similar to using the /e switch that worked in XP.. I've never needed to look in my .doc or user Library, but I constantly look into several folders on my hd's.. Anyone know where there's a list of /switches available for Explorer? The /e does not work..

A:Make Explorer start in HD Folder view(path)?

See this tutorial.

Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target[2]=Taskbar Start Menu

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I have a folder with about 20 images and 20 folders (with avi's, images, and txt files inside).

When I initially check the disk size (while the folder is being viewed in Icons View), the disk size reads 28,415,404,695 bytes.

When I change it to Thumbnail View, the disk size increases to 28,415,444,631 bytes.

I know it's only a 39,936 byte difference but I'm just wondering where this is coming from? When I change it back to Icons View, it still reads 28,415,444,631 bytes. How do you get it back to the original 28,415,404,695 bytes?


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I am having this problem recently and I am not sure of the solution.
To solve the problem on the fly one has to start task manager, stop the explorer.exe process, start a new task, type in enter explorer.exe into the Dos window and press enter.
This enables one to carry on using the computer.

Ways to prevent:

I have been told and have found what seems to be the solution:
Type run in the search programs and files(bottom right) click run, enter MSCONFIG, go to startup tab and disable programs that may be causing the problem.
I am not sure I have found the problem program causing this yet but I have disabled a couple of startup programs and the right click freeze seems to be happening less now??
Any comments.

A:Right Click on File or folder in Windows 7 Causes explorer.exe to stop working.

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A friend just showed me a weird problem he is having with his computer. He has a folder under My Documents, in which he keeps his work files. He emails these files using Gmail, which he accesses via Internet Explorer.

All worked fine until a few days ago, when he noticed that when he clicked the link in Gmail to attach a file, his folder wasn't listed in the Open File dialog. He looked in Windows Explorer, and could see the folder OK. I tried opening Word and using the Open File dialog there, and the folder wasn't visible.

If he clicks in the address bar, and adds the folder name to the path, it opens the folder, but shows it as empty. I actually has two subfolders. If he adds the name of a subfolder, then the Open File dialog shows the files in that folder.

I checked the permissions on the folder, and couldn't see anything odd. What I don't understand is how the folder can be visible in Windows Explorer, and not in the Open File dialog.

Anyone any ideas? Thanks

A:Folder appears in Windows Explorer, but not in the Open File dialog

Rightclick on the folder where you can actually find it in Explorer, look at the path. That is where it now resides.

If it cannot be found there when browsing in from Computer>C then I'd back up the files in it to a new folder you temporarily create in C root, delete the problem file and recreate it.

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Hello, i've been having a annoying issue which messes my file sorting.

Thing's that when i change a folder view, from detailed view to large icons, i close it, open it again and it's on detailed just like before, this issue also affects when sorting the files, from Name to File Type, close folder, open and is like before, so the personalization isn't working...

Tried to reestablish the default settings with no fix at all.


A:Folder's file sorting & view does not get saved

A lot depends on how you want to view but in Windows Explorer [File Explorer on Win8] get the view you want then click on Tools, click on Folder Options, Click on View tab then click one of the 2 options under Folder views.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to get comments to show up for folders when viewing content of a folder in detail view? I can get it to work for all other files in the folder (shortcuts, programs, etc.) by going to Properties and typing in the comment, but file folders don't appear to have this option.


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I'm working in InDesign. I prefer for all my windows to come up in Detail view. When I "Open a File," the window comes up in List view. I can change that specific window to Detail, and it will stay that way, but I can't figure out how to universally change all such windows to open in Detail. Anybody know?

A:Changing folder View when Opening a File

Hello Gurcur, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Applying METHOD TWO in the tutorial below will reset all folder views to "Details".

Windows Explorer Folder View settings

Hope this helps,

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Anyone else have this problem with long file names?
When using the folder view of list, it cuts off the file name past a certain point. I've looked around and can't find a setting that allows me to modify this setting.

In Vista and previous versions of Windows after switching to list view you could just hit refresh and the cut off file names would appear and the invisible list columns would maximize accordingly.

Just wanted to see if there was any way to resolve this before submitting it to MS.

A:Folder view - list (file names cut off)

Quote: Originally Posted by Cyphon

Anyone else have this problem with long file names?
When using the folder view of list, it cuts off the file name past a certain point. I've looked around and can't find a setting that allows me to modify this setting.

In Vista and previous versions of Windows after switching to list view you could just hit refresh and the cut off file names would appear and the invisible list columns would maximize accordingly.

Just wanted to see if there was any way to resolve this before submitting it to MS.

Maybe its because your viewing it in libraries? See if it acts the way you want it to in a normal folder.

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I did some messing around with new Themes, and found it annoyingly more complicated than in the XP days, so I used a theme installer, its safe, didn't mess up one thing. But the themes I got didn't please me as planned so I went back to my default Aero Landscape theme. Except one thing changed seemingly forever and I can't change it because Aero ignores change one makes to colors and such apparently.

The change that is left is pictured in the attached picture. When in explorer, when I selected a file or multiple files, a blue rectangle would appear over it, right, like a marker. Now it's just these slightly visible blue lines around a selected file as you can see. I thought putting back the usual theme I use would fix it, but it didn't. Please tell me those new themes or the theme installer (which when uninstalling it, undid the changes it had done) caused this. It's so annoying, I can barely see if what I selected was indeed selected.

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After noticing the many hundreds of reported errors of this type I have just got to ask: 
Why isn?t there a fix for it?  I figure it started happening after Windows-8 became available, so MicroSoft now has a patch to cause the system to go into a wait state for 30-60 seconds, every nth time you right click the mouse. 
So how do you disable it?

Allen B. Thompson

A:Windows Explorer: not responding when I right-click a file or folder (to rename, delete, etc..)

start taskmgr and when you have the hang, go to taskmgr, make a rightclick on the explorer.exe process and select "create dump". Zip ad upload the dump.
You can also use ProcessMonitor to see what is the longest operation from the
Explorer.exe during this time:"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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I am running Windows 7. For some time now if I double click a file or folder in windows explorer left or right pane it moves up a level to the parent folder and shows the contents of that in the right pane rather that opening the contents of that folder.

I have no trojans or viruses. I am using the QTTabBar.

Any ideas of why this is happening?

Thanks, Tom.

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When I turned my computer on today it seems that all of my filenames have 'disappeared' - the files are still called the same that I named them, but instead of them showing the titles, they either show the date modified or only certain details. I mainly have music on my hard drive, and now the folder looks like this:

As you can see, on the left in the folder tree, the path is showing up, the files are still there etc, but instead of the track titles, there is now only the artist and album? I have tried shift and view, tried different views, tried changing the folder view to pictures and videos etc, I have also completely scanned the drives and there doesn't seem to be any problems? Under 'folder options' I have tried showing all extensions etc, showing hidden files, different customizing of views:

Seems strange, but 'title' isn't an option for the folder view anymore? As here:

The folders now look like this:

Furthermore, the desktop now looks like this:

All the icons work, nothing has moved, but now they are all called the dates modified rather than the names, however, if i go to rename any of them i can, it shows the original name briefly, then reverts back to the dates modified names instead???

What has happened? Can anybody shed any light as to how I can fix this?


A:File Names Disappeared / Folder view changed?

Hello Jow, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might try applying METHOD THREE in the tutorial below to reset all the folder view settings to see if that can help fix this for you.

Windows Explorer Folder View settings

Hope this helps,

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I am unable to view Folder or File names in one of the drives, tried changing views and resetting defaults, no Luck
i can see the name when i click on the folder, attaching screen shot.
Any help appreciated
Kind Regards


A:Unable to View Folder or File names in one of the Drive

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My Windows 8.1 64 bit started forgetting the view settings from a folder.So if I go in a folder and I set it to List-View for example,whenever I close that folder and I reopen it the view is set automatically to Details view.And this applies to every folder in my computer except Desktop.It drives me crazy,especially in my pictures folders.
Also with this problem another one came.I can't set a program to open some files,so the file associations for some files is broken.For example i can't set qTorrent to open torrent files.It just won't open them and the files apear as white documents just like I hadn't had a Torrent program installed already.I find it weird that both problems appeared together.
I previously had to reinstall windows on my machine,because of this problems.It worked normal at the begging,but today these problems appeared again.
I tried scanning SFC Scan with no result.
I hope I will get a fix here.

A:Problems with Folder view settings and file association in

The file associations info is all in the Registry. If you have a Restore Point from when this was working, using that should fix it. If you don't have a Restore Point or image backup then I would make a Restore Point, so you can get back to current state, then try things like reinstall the Torrent client. If that doesn't help you could try CCleaner Registry fix. As last resort you may try set default file associations from Tutorials section.

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I am using windows XP pro with SP2 installed.

I have somehow managed to loose the ability to open folders in the Windows Explorer pane by double clicking on them. Instead, a double click opens the Search Files feature.

How this happened was NOT by altering viewing options.

I recently went to support at to add print directory functionality to Windows Explorer. I found article ID#272623 "how to add the print directory feature to Windows Explorer. The url for this article is

I followed the instructions as closely as I could although it wasn't exactly the same as described.

That is:
after clicking on 'tools' in explorer clicking on 'Folder Options' then 'File Types' and then 'File Folder' I could not find the edit button.
I clicked on ADVANCED then NEW and found the 'New Action' dialog box.
I entered "Print Directory Listing" in the 'Action' box and browsed until I found the file I had created as instructed by the above article.
I then clicked OK and backed out of the rest of the windows.

I tried to undo what I had done but to no avail as I cannot remove the 'Print Directory Listing' action from the list in the advanced File Folder TAB. The edit button is greyed out as is the remove button.

Does anyone know how to remove an action, and after that restoring the ability to open folders in ... Read more

A:Solved: removing 'action' from 'file types' in 'folder options' in windows explorer

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Good morning,

I'm having a problem where a user at my firm is encountering a small issue when uploading documents through web applications on Internet Explorer. When he uploads files, the explorer window that appears (for file upload) usually sorts his files alphabetically by default. When he right-clicks and sorts his file view by Date Modified, this setting does not stick/save upon his next file upload, where it sets back to "sort-by-name". His Windows Explorer settings have no issues, where his folder view settings are saved and do not change. These settings, however, do not push through to the Internet Explorer explorer windows used when uploading/downloading.

Although this issue seems petty, it supposedly sets him back in his work when he has to keep resorting his file view through Internet Explorer. Any thoughts and/or assistance in the above issue would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to those who can help.


A:Solved: Internet Explorer: Does Not Save Upload/Download Folder Sorting View

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In W7 I could refresh the file list after deleting files using the view menu and the refresh option.
W10 does not remove deleted files from view at once nor does it have a way of doing it manually that I can find.
I can't believe it no longer exists.

A:View refresh in file explorer

Solved. Another thread popped up. Use f5 or rt click refresh.

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I want File Explore to show all files in list view.

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The title says it all - In Windows Explorer how do you get the tool bar that has - File Edit View Tools Help

Thanks for your help


A:How do you get Tool Bar(file edit view...) in Explorer

Hello Ron, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This would be the Menu bar. The tutorial below can help show you how to turn it on.

Menu Bar - Turn On or Off

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When opening windows explorer , the File / View / Edit / Tools/ Help tab is not displaying for some reason.

Anyboady know why or how I can get it back?

A:[SOLVED] File / View / Edit not displaying in Explorer


Please refer to this article:

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For Windows 8/8.1, in the File explorer details view, is there any way for me to have a column for "Size on disk" as well as your traditional "Size" column?

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Hi, I'm new to Vista and a few things are bothering me at the moment:

1) If I set my current folder to "list" view and then go and "apply current settings to all folders"... in XP this would do just that: put every single folder on all my disks in "list view" by default. Unfortunately, Vista still seems to try to display what it considers "media folders" as "tile view" until I manually change each one to "list" view. Do I have any way to set them all to list as I intend?

2) When I turn on the "status bar" in flie explorer, it does indeed show the status bar, and if I click on a file it will show the size of that file in the status bar. In XP however, if no file was selected it would show the combined size of all the files in the folder, and if I selected a specific group of files it would also show their combined filesize. Neither of these seem to show up on the status bar in Vista.

3) Is there any way to prevent folders from "lighting up" as you move the mouse over them? I would call this "pre-select highlight" after a similarly named (and similarly disliked) feature in a CAD program I use.

4) This one is kind of stupid, but sometimes due to all my external drives, I like to have a long (tall) but narrow vertical window, where the folder names just fill up the width. If I scroll down the list and either delete or rename something, the whole list apparently disappears, but ... Read more

A:Issues with Vista file explorer view settings

Originally Posted by The111

Hi, I'm new to Vista and a few things are bothering me at the moment:

1) If I set my current folder to "list" view and then go and "apply current settings to all folders"... in XP this would do just that: put every single folder on all my disks in "list view" by default. Unfortunately, Vista still seems to try to display what it considers "media folders" as "tile view" until I manually change each one to "list" view. Do I have any way to set them all to list as I intend?

2) When I turn on the "status bar" in flie explorer, it does indeed show the status bar, and if I click on a file it will show the size of that file in the status bar. In XP however, if no file was selected it would show the combined size of all the files in the folder, and if I selected a specific group of files it would also show their combined filesize. Neither of these seem to show up on the status bar in Vista.

3) Is there any way to prevent folders from "lighting up" as you move the mouse over them? I would call this "pre-select highlight" after a similarly named (and similarly disliked) feature in a CAD program I use.

4) This one is kind of stupid, but sometimes due to all my external drives, I like to have a long (tall) but narrow vertical window, where the folder names just fill up the width. If I scroll down the list and either delete or rename something, th... Read more

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Basically the title. Almost every single time i move ANY file or delete any file, the window im in freezes and the progress bar freezes. Now when i create a new folder the window im in freezes also, but i'd say its only 50% of the time. The temporary solution i found was to go to the task bar, end explorer, and restart it using run. Now when i check back on that folder, whatever action I did (ie delete file) does do what i wanted, its just the freezing. I'm looking for a permanent solution to this and any insight would be greatly appreciated.

A:Create New folder, move file, delete file. Explorer Freeze

Hi erod49, try looking in your error logs. You have given a good discription of the problem. Tel us your system specs as well.

To get into your error logs,

Left Click on Start Menu.
Right click on Computer and choose manage.
Click on the event viewer.
You now have loads of options to try and pin down what is happening.
Expand the error tab.
Look for things in the last 24 hours.

Other things to look for are updates, has an update caused this. Has your computer autoupdated any of the motherboard drivers.
Have you tried to restore the computer before the error started or has it always been like that.

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I've customized the look of File Explorer (thanks to the tutorial). Now, how do I remove iCloud Photos from the Devices and Drives view in file Explorer?

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First things first: WinXP Pro, SP2 fully up to date but system restore is turned off.

Trying to get Windows Explorer to export a directory tree to a text file the other day instead of doing it via command line, I messed something up and can't get it back. In Explorer, this is where I was: Tools >> Folder Options >> File Types >> File Folder >> Advanced

I managed to insert the script that I wanted, but somewhere along the way I made a mistake and set it to Default. Now, whenever I click on an folder in Explorer it runs whatever is set as default. I can "Default" a lot of things (enqueue in Winamp, play in VLC Media Player, Find, etc) but none of them is the simple "Open" command.

I looked around at a couple other things (namely "Folder" and Firefox) in the File Types box, and while they both have Open commands included, I can't "Edit" them to see what kind of command they are running.

Any ideas?? I'm going to lose my mind if I keep starting the Find function in windows when all I really wanted to do was open that subfolder!!


ps - A friend recommended checking the registry to verify that this is what I had:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Folder>Open>command value is: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L
and while it's very similar, what I have right now is:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Folder>Open>command value is: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L
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A:Solved: Reset Windows Explorer "File Folder" to default

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I have a lot of music files. I have ended up with many duplicates, perhaps because when I was learning Windows I didn't quite understand the filing system. To date, I am not sure I do! The column # which states the 'Track Number' which to me is undesirable (I have no use for it), seems to be my problem! When there is a track number - it seems to put it first before all else in the 'Title', namely before the title of the song or the name of the Band.... thereby sorting instead of the title of the song, it sorts by the Track number. Even if I change the defaults and take out the Track # column, it doesn't seem to make a difference when sorting - it still insists on sorting by Track number. The only way I can change this, it seems, is by going into each and every individual file property and physically changing this! I hasve already put many hours into this, and it still seems to be an overwhelming job! Is this not what computers are for, to make life easier.

A:File Explorer Folder and File Options

I would look for a free audio file tag editor. Many will process in batch mode. I haven't used one in a few years so I am not up on the current features. You might find comparisons of the utilities in places like or just search on "best free Windows tag editor". I have a nice sort tool called Fat Sorter but it only works on FAT partitions. The idea being to force a USB stick to sort according to file name. I don't know if there is a similar utility for NTFS.

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is this possible?
I currently have things like Favourites, Libraries, and Homegroup (all of which I don't care for). Not sure what that folder pane is actually called, so not sure what to search for.
I just want an expanded folder tree of My Computer.

Any suggestions?

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane for Favourites apparently. still not sure about libraries or homegroup]
[another edit:
Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
for Libraries
ok, at least it's searchable now that I know it's called navigation pane]

A:Change/remove entries in "Folder view" pane (left side of Explorer)

I'm not sure why one would do this. Right click on what ever you don't want and select delete. Be very sure you want to do this. Those things do no harm being there.

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Hello. I recently have a problem with keeping folder settings intact. I want my folders organized a certain way such as thumbnails or tiles, auto-arranged, maximized window view, etc. However they keep reverting back to some setting, even though the folder options is set to remember each folder's view settings.

Malwarebytes has already cleared any malicious items, most notably the Trojan.Zaccess. It's likely the one responsible for causing the annoyance of the folders resetting to a particular configuration. First time it happened was on Jul 8. Then again today. MB was able to clear it on both days and I made the necessary changes to the registry keys as pointed out by solutions I found on the Internet. They primarily deal with the following directories:


I was able to successfully remedy the problem the first time but not the second time. Perhaps I am missing something? Help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Windows XP 32-Bit: Folder View Settings

If i guess right,you should have this auto arrange problem with desktop icons too?

There is currently no working fix available for this one.Most of them fails (including new user account)

Do you have a previous restore point before you were infected and folder settings worked?

Also you may still be infected.Malwarebytes cannot completely remove this rootkit.

Let me know

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Every time I go into My Documents and all its sub-folders the view has been reset to "details" from "Medium Icons".
Is there a way to make Win7 remember my folder settings?


A:Windows memorize folder view

You will see lots of post suggesting adding and setting this "BagMRU Size"
Make Windows 7 remember window positions and size!
And lots of post saying that it did not help.

I've not seen this issue in W7 yet, but for XP, I used to delete the BagMRU and Bags keys and set all of the folders as desired.

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For some unknown reason ALL of my desktop folders - and subfolders have changed the view to just icons - no toolbar or web address bar at the top! I have tried everything - and our local tech person did too - but nothing will change this view! Properties, customize folder view, folders in control panels, etc., the view *looks* like it is correct when you try to customize it (even before doing anything), but when you click apply/ok, it is still just the icons with no toolbar at the top.

Help! I have absolutely no idea what caused this - this PC is only about 3 weeks old and was running fine and then all of a sudden this happened.

Nicki B.

A:Windows 2K Folder View disappeared!

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I don't exactly know when or how this happened, but my web view in folders has reverted back to the old Win '98 style. This looks bad compared to my Win2k standard view, plus some functionality is no longer available. This has happened for all folders, and I think it occured round about the time I installed office XP. I have Win2k, Service Pack 02. All is up-to-date on the Win Update site.

Thanks a lot,

A:Windows Folder View Change

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I was wondering when u can drag and move your folder to the side and it changes to a vertical view is actually called and can i get it on XP.

A:Can i have the folder vertical view in windows xp

I think you mean Window Snapping.
In W10, MS has added the ability quadrant Window Snapping.

In XP & Vista you need to use 3rd party software.

Have a look at these links:
Window Snapping for Windows Vista and XP
AeroSnap Brings the Windows 7 Snap Feature to XP, Vista

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Hello. I was asking if there is a way to change the folders to look like they were in Windows XP. I mean only in Windows Explorer program to show the navigation pane, and in the others to show only the main pane, with the programs in that folder. I would be very grateful if you tell me how can I solve this request. Thank you for future replies!
Yours, Emilyan

A:Change folder view in Windows 7

I'll save you you cannot change it.

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i was in the video folder and set it up the way i wanted to
columns and everything and wanted to apply it to all subfolders in the video folder
clicked on view/options/folder options
clicked apply to folders and it applied it to everything...
but it said of this type...

reset folders did nothing except reset the video folder
resetting the default did nothing
cause it made it the default for everything...

how can i get the general and picture templates etc back to where they were?
yes the video folder's ok...

never done this before
i always did them one at a time
but i thought this'd be easier...

thanks for any help you can give...

A:windows folder view, templates

Hello Hannelius,

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to reset all folder views back to default. Afterwards set you Videos folder back to how you like.

Folder View Settings - Reset to Default 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

Please download HijackThis. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Run a scan and save the log file. Post the whole log file here. Do not fix anything since most of them listed there are harmless (some are system required). This program will help us determine if there is any spyware/malware on your computer.

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I keep all of my folders in Large Icons view but sometimes they revert to 'Details' view on their own! How do I get them to stay in Large Icons view permanently?

A:Folder view settings changing after I select the view I want

Hello kidxp, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you can use the method in the tutorial below to set a default folder view for all folders.

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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Hi All. Baffled again by Microsoft's incomprehensible format...

Set up a quick view this morning, (stupid move) and now cannot get back to my account folders view... so for example to view recently sent items, quick view will only allow me to see all 3000 - everything I have ever sent... WHY?

If I un-click the quick view option, there is nothing in the folders pane, how do I return to the 'account folders view'?, each with their own inbox, sent box, deleted item etc

WLM has an 'all inbox' option, is there an option for 'all sent' or all drafts' etc files that have not been moved to 'storage folders' but are still live like the 'all inbox' files?

Is there a way of simplifying this bloated all or nothing menu? So much simpler and user friendly - like menus and shortcuts that AREN'T hidden.

Cheers - any help greatly received

A:switching from Quick view back to Folder View

I'll assume you mean in WLM? If you click on Menu> Layout do you have these options? (I don't use WLM myself )

If so, is Show storage folders ticked?

A Guy

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Hi, I have a Vista and recently it started to "forget" my custom folder view settings. Whereas until recently it remembered the icon size I set for each folder as well as the order, now it changes the size and order very often, especially the size. Sometimes it'll make the icons the biggest size or it'll make it a list when I set the size to be somewhere in between the two. Also, in the Task Manager in "select columns" I made the "Command Line" column visible, but sometimes Windows forgets that as well and I have to check it once again because it disappeared.

I think that these things started after I pressed "Reset folders" in the "Folder options", and since then it keeps on reverting back, even though I change icons sizes and I don't reset the folder options again, I only did it once. And the reason why I reset the folder options to begin with, is because of another weird thing that happened, which is that when I'd open folders, the icons started to appear with the icon names being invisible, and I tried fixing that by changing the view option while pressing "Shift" or "control" (I forget which at the moment) which helped temporarily, but it kept reverting back eventually which is why I pressed "Reset folder" after which the text stopped appearing invisible, but now this problem of the size constantly changing started.

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A:Windows forgets folder view settings

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Hi, May I know that how can I change the specific folders to have Large Icon view and some folders to be details view?

As shown photos attached, when I apply large icon view to my "Download folder", the folder in other location changed to large icon view as well, however, I just want that location to be details view. When I change the other folder view to details and hit apply, the folder view in Download will change to details view as well, that's what bothering me.

Can someone guides me? Thank you.

A:How to change specific folder view in Windows 8.1?

Hello HTHVampire,

When you click on the Apply to Folders button, it will apply the view of the current folder to all folders that use the same template.

Folders will open with the same view as they were last closed with by default, so you could just set them how you like individually if wanted.

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I am running Windows 8.1 64bits.
Since some time I face two problems which seem to be linked.
1/ When I change the view settings for a folder, they are not saved after I close the folder window.
2/ When I change the size and position of the folder window, those are not saved after I close the window.
I am sure this used to work properly, but I cannot remember which event may have created this issue.
Can someone help ?
Thank you in advance

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Windows XP was so intuitive in this way; set a folder's view properties and it stayed that way.

Windows 7, however, has been very annoying and mysterious in this regard. Does anybody have a simple solution to revert to XP type behavior?

A:I Do Not Understand (or like) Windows 7 Folder View Behavior

You complain without providing any information or example.

Can you show us what you mean?

I have no issues with files and the way they are viewed in seven.

Maybe these will help:

Folder View - Apply to Folders

Folder View - Reset All Folders

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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Hello, Everyone

Windows 8.1 Each folder view settings not saved what i can do.I

want different view settings in each folder likes folder 1 i want large thumbnails & folder 2 small
What i can do to resolve the issue thanks in advanced.

A:windows 8.1 folder view settings not saved

Hello Sachin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If this is in a library and not a folder, then all added folders will share the same folder view in the library.

You might see if resetting all folder views back to default may help.

Folder View Settings - Reset to Default in Windows 8

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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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I'm having an odd problem on a customer machine, for which my Google-fu has reached its limits.

There is one specific folder in the Documents library, which when opened directly (like from a shortcut on the dekstop) only shows "corrupted" files with unusable strings for all file names and extensions.
However, when opened in tree view, the files appear as they should. So at least it's reassuring that the folder contents are still there and can properly be read and changed. But the issue is still inconvenient and worrisome.

I have already tried chkdsk /f on the partition and even mirrored the whole volume to a new harddrive, but that didn't help. I also tried copying the whole folder to another location, it shows up just fine that way as well.

Now I am out of ideas how to fix the problem or to make a proper diagnosis. Any suggestions?

A:File explorer, one corrupt folder

Did you try to create shortcuts to that folder in other locations (not on Desktop)? Try to rename the folder and create new shortcut.

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Since 2 days ago I've noticed that I cannot create a new folder with File Explorer by any way possible. Using the taskbar or the SHIFT + Ctrl + N. Even when saving projects with Save File as... and trying to use the "New Folder" text string button does not create any folder. Using CMD prompt or powershell all works well as with Total Commander which i only installed to see if it could create folders and it does. Other programs that auto create folders also works well (i.e. Foobar when transcoding to new unavailable folder). My Windows 8 Pro is original, it's a 4 month old install, I've not made any customizations, no registry hacks, Windows is bare apart from Classic Shell which i only use now as a custom button to go to start screen with the mouse. I also made a custom High Contrast Theme that i use at night or when eyes are a bit tired. It's 2 months old so it's there long before the problem.I've not installed any new programs in the last week apart from some updates from FileZilla, Foxit pdf and Notepad++.Last system update is COPICOM from 13 July.I followed this guide which as not resolved the problem: I cannot find a way to create a new folder in Windows 8. - Microsoft Community Any pointer would be kindly appreciated. Thank you.EDIT: Btw sorry for the unformated text but i could not format it in any way possible everytime i did Preview Changes it changed like you see it- Before submitting was properly formatted.

A:Cannot create New Folder using File Explorer

In an effort to avoid multiple "I tried that already" responses, let's do a simple test and tell us what you get. A screenshot would also be appreciated. In my example, I simply right-click inside of explorer and select new. Tell us what happens when you try the same thing.

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Hey everyone I am wondering how can I restore my File Explorer Folder!

I want it to be back to normal like when I first have gotten it...

Here is how it looks like

How can I restore it looking like this

Where it shows my library under my Recent Places is there anyway to restore the side of it?
I like everything neat so I am wondering how I can restore it back to normal, just how I bought it and opened the folder when I first bought the Computer thanks if someone can help me means a lot!

A:File Explorer Folder Restore?

Welcome to the forum,

I think this is what you are looking for,

Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

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How can i make windows 8 show this when clicking an item, i could not find a simple option unless i am loosing my vision

A:Preview area in folder view similar to Windows 7

Hello haxorz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

That would be the details pane. In Windows 8 File Explorer, the details pane has been moved to the right pane now.
Details Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer
Hope this helps,

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All versions of Windows that I have tried (not 8 or 10) have the issue of changing folder settings when I come back to view the files. Windows doesn't remember my customized view types for folders and automatically resets the view type based on folder content (because of "Automatic Folder Type Discovery" according to my current understanding). Does anyone have a solution? Thanks.

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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. it helps.Vivian Xing - MSFT

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Hello, I recently got a new computer running Windows 7, and I wanted to see about changing the folder view--not the folder tree, but the way the actual folders appear, specifically for folders containing photos. I do digital graphics and designs. I have a lot of photos in different folders, and my old computer displayed each folder as a flat, square folder with 4 little preview images of what is in the folder. The new version of Windows displays the folder vertically with the folder open and the documents/photos inside spilling out, it is difficult to tell what is in each folder, I really want to go back to the old way. I looked in the folder options in the control panel but don't see anything for a classic view. Please tell me there is a way to view the folders in Windows 7 like in the old XP....Thanks!!

A:How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

No, sorry there is not.


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I recently installed Windows 7, and I wanted to see about changing the folder view--not the folder tree, but the way the actual folders appear, specifically for folders containing photos. I have a lot of photos in different folders, and my old computer displayed each folder as a flat, square folder with 4 little preview images of what is in the folder. The new version of Windows displays the folder vertically with the folder open and the documents/photos inside spilling out, I have the view set to "extra large icons" but it is still difficult to tell what is in each folder, I really want to go back to the old way. I looked in the folder options in the control panel but don't see anything for a classic view. Can someone help me with this?

A:How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

I hope no one can . In windows vista or windows 7 there is no longer the thumbnail preview , but the live folders ... half open with the contents shown .

Probably there is no way to get the option back .

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So here's my problem when I start my laptop the wallpaper is black and never uses the wallpaper i have saved. The real problem I'm having is in Explorer windows, when I change the display "icon size" or "sort by" settings they go back to default once I reopen the folder again. For example in my "Music" folder I'll have them sorted out by artist then when I leave and come back to the "Music" folder it's no longer sorted by artist. But 1 outta 10 times when i start my laptop I can change the folder view and it saves like it used to before but this happens rarely.

Any help please?

A:Windows 7 doesn't save folder view settings

This batch file from the tutorial should set them back to the default. Then when you customize them Explorer should remember the customizations for awhile. It seems nothing forces Explorer to remember for very long. A work-around rather than a fix.

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Hi, Im using windows 8 devs preview on my laptop and would like to know how can I set the folder icons view (which is in medium icons) to all the folders in windows, since I dont seem to see the organize option in the folder ribbon, thanks in advance!

A:Apply folder icon view to all folders windows 8

File -> Change Folder and Search Options -> View -> Apply To Folders.

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This is something that has puzzled me for ages. I open a directory which has some sub-directories and some stand-alone files. I do view details. The file sizes are displayed, but the folder sizes are not displayed. In order to find a folder that doesn't match size with the source, I have to go through the painfully tedious task of right clicking and selecting properties on each folder. With XP, there was a tool I installed which allowed me to display the folder size, but the tool doesn't work in Windows 7.

Is there a way one can easily view the folder sizes without having to right click and select properties for each individual folder?

A:Help!!! How can I view folder sizes in view details?

Just use:

GetFoldersize - View Disk Usage, Calculate Disk Space

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For example, if I change the view of one folder to "large icons" or to "list" or whatever, then ALL of the folders will have that view. But I want specific folders to have specific view types. How can I accomplish this?

A:If I change the view of one folder, the view of all folders changes?!?

Hello S35,

Is this within a Libray folder?

All Included Folders and subfolders in a library will always share the same folder view. You can have separate Arrange by view settings in each added New folder in the library though.

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I cannot open any folders by left clicking or right click/open from my desktop. I cannot get the File Explorer to open from the start menu. I have rebooted the computer, but it will still not open. I did not ask for the Windows 10 upgrade and wish it would have been debugged before forcing people to use it.
I need to get to files on my computer and cannot get to them. If anyone has any advise, I would appreciate it greatly.

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For the most part, I do not mind Explorer's autodetecting the folder type (Music, Videos, etc). However, one thing that I miss from Windows 7 is being able to set the "style" for a folder type... where I could choose to display certain columns and have Explorer display those columns for all folders of that category.

Does anyone know of a way to set the defaults for a folder category?


A:File Explorer > Folder Type Template?

try at the very top of win exporer there is a view then select there what ever you like let me know if it helps

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