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    Windows Explorer - setting display (View) defaults?

    Is there anyway that the default display (View) of folders and files can be set to "Details" from the apparent default of "Large Icons"? I am getting very tired of resetting the View every time I create a new file. Any insight that anyone would care to provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Ron,

    Note: Windows 8 Instructions. See below for Win 7 Instructions.
    1. Open Windows Explorer.
    2. Navigate to a folder that uses Detail view or set the current one to Detail.
    3. Click the View Tab.
    4. Click Options dropdown.
    5. Click the View Tab.
    6. Click Apply to Folders.
    7. Answer Yes to the "Do you want all folders of this type to match this folder's view settings?".
    8. Repeat for each distinct type of folder, e.g. Pictures, Videos, Documents, Etc.

    It should only take about three or four iterations to get most of them. Then whenever you come across a folder type that isn't set just repeat the steps above. It was a lot easier in XP when you only had one type of folder. HTH
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    RG,

    Thanks very much. However, I do not seem to be able to find the "Options" dropdown on the View tab, in fact I can't see an "Options" choice at all. Am I still missing something?


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    Glad to be of assistance.
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    Try Control Panel, Folder Options, View Tab. Follow RG's advice on how to set the view from here.
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    You can't Apply to Folders from Control Panel, and I think RG's step 3 should have been Organize or Tools (for Windows 7).

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    Ron,

    Note: Win 7 Instructions.
    1. Open Windows Explorer.
    2. Navigate to a folder that uses Detail view or set the current one to Detail.
    3. Click Organize.
    4. Click Folder and Search Options.
    5. Click the View Tab.
    6. Click Apply to Folders.
    7. Answer Yes to the "Do you want all folders of this type to match this folder's view settings?".
    8. Click Apply
    9. Click OK
    10. Repeat for each distinct type of folder, e.g. Pictures, Videos, Documents, Etc. (You may not need to to this for Win 7)

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    Thanks guys. It is now working as I had hoped it would.

    Ron M

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