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    Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    Each time I open Windows Explorer it opens in a small window with small column widths. Does anyone know how to make it open in a larger window with the column widths arranged the way I like to use them?

    Also, is there any way to make ALL folders open in Details view instead of the view Vista uses? I keep changing them one at a time as I see them but I keep on running into more folders that have not been changed. I would love to change the default view of all folders to Details and then change a few back to icons as I run into them.

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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    Have you tried dragging the Window to the size you want, and the doing a "File, Close". You may need to "Organize, Layout" and then select Menu Bar, to use the "File, Close"?

    Once you have set the viewing to "Details", have you gone to the "Organize, Folder and Search Options" then the View Tab" and selected the "Apply to Folders" button?

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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    I hadn't tried using File > Close. I thought that just closing the window caused it to save the current conditions in Win XP. I just tried that technique and it did remember the column widths I had set. It is still doing the frustrating thing of opening my folder path with the Documents subfolder expanded too. I had it closed when I did the File > Close. I have even added "/e, C:BillWilson" to the shortcut that I use to open Windows Explorer. That didn't help either. Getting the column widths set is a big help all by itself!

    I hadn't thought to use the Apply to Folders button, I just tried it and it didn't seem to make any difference. I guess I have already changed a majority of the folders that I am likely to use often but this problem also comes up every time I open a dialog box that display the folder tree. I was hoping that maybe there is a registry setting(s) that controls the default view(s).

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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    On my machines, when I use "Windows Key+E" I get the root of the C drive. Then when I select a folder it will default to the detail view. The size and location is the same since I set it several months ago.

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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    Dave,

    I hadn't tried using that method to open Windows Explorer. I think it is now working a little better, so maybe that opens a more generic view/version of Windows Explorer. It seems to have remembered the Details setting in many more folders and it remembered the column widths I set but it doesn't remember the window size I set it to before using File > Close. I'll keep working with it and hope for the best.

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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    Vista makes many things MUCH easier to do than they were in the past and opening Windows Explorer is one of them. Here's what I did:

    1) Open "Computer"
    2) Right-click on "C:drive" and drag & drop it on the Quick Launch Bar
    3) Choose, "Create Shortcut here"

    You can now move the icon to wherever you like on the Quick Launch Bar for quick access. When clicked, Windows Explorer will open with "C:" expanded.
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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    Neat! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Controlling Windows Explorer (Vista Home Premium)

    Jeff,

    That worked! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> I had a shortcut on my Quick Launch bar -- I use it for a lot of stuff -- but it didn't open Windows Explorer exactly like I wanted it to. Using your technique to create the shortcut caused Windows Explorer to open my folder without having my Documents subfolder expanded.

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