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    Global folder view attributes

    I set my Explorer folders to detail mode as the default. However, I have a hundreds of photo folders that I want to view in thumbnail mode. Without losing the detail setting, I have ot manually go into each photo folder and change the view mode to thumbnails. There must be an easier way! I have played around with XP options to try and find a method to do this for a global selection of folders without any luck. Is there any freeware application that will do this?

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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    I agree - Wish there was a setting to highligh requested folders and change vie on ONLY those folders.

    I have been searching for an option, tool, Tweak, like this for some time. Hope someone hre can provide the information.
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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    Don't take this as gospel, but I believe the settings are held in the desktop.ini file (hidden/ system) in each folder. You could try copy it from one folder that's already thumbnails, and paste it to another you'd like to be. Might just work. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    <hr>Edited by IMNetUser to change attachment to .TXT file<hr>

    <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>

    Tried and didn't work. I have attached a file showing the Desktop.ini file before and after the changes - they are the same.

    Also tried changiong the directory settings, copy to another subdirectory and trbooting to see if this was required - did not work DARN !
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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    These preference are stored in the registry, and there are only so many folders that are "remembered," although this can be adjusted. These threads don't address the possibility of automating the application of a particular view to multiple folders, but they provide some background on the storage angle:

    Folder View (XP home)
    Explorer: Default View? (Home Edition)

    I haven't explored whether it would be "safe" to play directly with the registry keys.

    Added: A possibly more authoritative link: How to modify your folder view settings or to customize a folder (MSKB 812003)

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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    I'l check out the references and get back to you.

    Just to clarify, the problem is NOT customizing the folders to show as deatiled vs icons, oOR the numberof folders that can be customized (I have mine st to a maximum of 5000 which seems to work for me so far).

    The questions is (I believe) how to automatically change a number of folders to (say icon view) without having to go to EACH folder individually and change it.

    And/Or Go to a subdirectory and make a change that applies to ALL subdirectories UNDER that subdirectory only (I thought W98SE had a function similar t this but have not had a chance to search for it yet).

    ibe98765 - Sorry if I "thook over" your thread. If I'm wrong in the above - please reply and you can <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39> me.
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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    No problem. We're together on this.

    Amazing isn't it how the simplest tasks get overlooked in an OS that is nearly 15 years old (going back to the root NT days)? Equally amazing is that many thousands of programmers have overlooked this needed task, many wasting their time writing multitudes of variations on text editors, file renamers, etc. that they then try to sell...

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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    Glad you didn't take it as gospel then. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Looking at (MSKB 812003 - How to modify your folder view settings or to customize a folder) mentioned by Jeffeson:<hr>Windows may also store customization information in a hidden Desktop.ini file in the folder. In this case, Windows sets the read-only attribute on the folder to instruct Windows to look for the Desktop.ini file.<hr>It appears, at least for XP, that this is only part of the story and that the full saga is indeed rather complex.

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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    Also: Windows "remembers" settings for limited number of folders. If you exceed this number, Windows will open a folder in "default" view despite you change it. To increase this number, go to
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm and apply fix # 2 (left column). By editing this fix, you can increase the number of folders even more.

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    Re: Global folder view attributes

    This fix is not needed by many people since the release of Windows XP SP2 - which increased the default value (for the number of folders remembered) from 400 to 5000.

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