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Windows Explorer - How to unify colums and view all over

    Question

  • Hello,

     please advise me,

    to have over all folder the same view and columns
    in Windows Explorer of Windows 8.1 Pro

    Thank you

    Erhy

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:50 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Try this suggestion:

    1. Locate and open the folder that has the view setting that you want to use for all folders.
    2. Under View tab in Explorer, click Options.
    3. Click View tab, click Apply to Folders.

    4. Click Yes, and then click OK.


    Kate Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:37 AM

All replies

  • Here are a couple of suggestions for organising/customising the folder layout:

    1. You can customize the different types of folder (General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music and Video) by right-clicking the highest level folder name > Properties > Customize Tab and select the template you want. You want to tick ‘Also apply this template to all subfolders’.

    2. Go to the highest level folder, right-click the bar that shows Name, Date Modified, etc. and choose which columns you want displayed. Select More if the columns you want are not showing, also move them Up/Down (left or right). Now click on View at the top > Options drop-down box > Change folder and search options > View Tab and select Apply to Folders.


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    • Edited by BurrWalnut Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:37 PM
    Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:18 PM
  • Beyond what BurrWalnut has suggested, which is good, you can set Windows so that it will consider all new folders it encounters as "General Items" folders, which should help you see the same view for each (I prefer this as well).

    To Set File Explorer to Always Use General Items View

    Microsoft seems to feel you need to see different views of your files depending on what kinds of files Explorer finds in your folder.  From our perspective, that just makes Explorer more difficult to use.  They're all files, and we'd like to see them consistently in one way:  "General Items" view, showing the name, folder, date, etc.

    Note that this does not preclude being able to set certain folders to e.g., Thumbnails view.

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN EDITING THE REGISTRY!
     

    • Start regedit.
       
    • If you do not want File Explorer to try to auto-detect Folder Types but always use "General Items" for all, add the new String Value listed below:
       
      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ Bags \ AllFolders \ Shell]
       
      FolderType REG_SZ NotSpecified

     

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    Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:37 PM
  • Hi,

    Try this suggestion:

    1. Locate and open the folder that has the view setting that you want to use for all folders.
    2. Under View tab in Explorer, click Options.
    3. Click View tab, click Apply to Folders.

    4. Click Yes, and then click OK.


    Kate Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:37 AM