How to Force Global Explorer 'Folder View'?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Paft, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Paft

    Paft MDL Junior Member

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    Although I have set all folders view to 'Details' and 'Apply to Folders', Win 7 still likes to pick what it wants for some folders. E.g. 'Pictures' folders icons are set to 'Large Icons'.

    Anyone know a fix for this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. The_Spider

    The_Spider MDL Member

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    I too have wondered about this, I just thought it was somehting I was missing. I eagerly await the answer!
     
  3. yumms

    yumms MDL Novice

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    Right click on the folders > customize > choose 'general items'.

    Haven't found any other way yet.
     
  4. pauldamo

    pauldamo MDL Senior Member

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    click folder eg.pictures or whatever,right click the background,select view,than you have options,large icons,small icons,detail lists etc.hope this helps
     
  5. pauldamo

    pauldamo MDL Senior Member

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    or go to control panel,folder options,view,reset folders to view as details or icons in all folders.
     
  6. Paft

    Paft MDL Junior Member

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    #6 Paft, Sep 28, 2009
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2009
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    Thanks, pauldamo but I know that. ;)

    I'll rephrase my first post.

    Even though In Explorer I set the folder's view to 'details' and then press ALT>Tools>Folder Options>'Apply to Folders' certain places are NOT set as detail. Like 'Home Group', 'Pictures', 'Network' on the left plane and others I forgot about. I have to change any that aren't manually. I was hoping there is a way all can be set to details.
     
  7. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    Not since Vista.

    The 'Apply to all folders' option still worked fine in XP, but Vista introduced some sort of 'folder types' (dunno the exact term for this) which means pictures folders now have to be done seperately from music folders, music folders seperately from video folders, video folders seperately from data folders, and so forth. This even includes the folder lists of navigational menus, like for example the 'Open File' and 'Save As' windows.

    ('Content-Dependent' is probably the best description, and yes, im quite annoyed by this crap too, especially since Windows is in the nasty habit of resetting the customizings for certain folder types occasionally. (Which means you have to do it all over again.) On the plus side though; you only have to do it once for each folder type, meaning once you used 'Apply to all folders' on say a video folder, all the other video-type folders will take over these settings as well.)
     
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  8. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    When new VMware thinapp comes out, I will start a capture, change only folder settings for one type of folder. and capture what changes are made in the registry. Hopefully, whatever tree the settings are in, has 5 other trees for the 5 other folder types (music, pictures, etc, etc) and maybe if so this could all be done via registry tweaks.
     
  9. Paft

    Paft MDL Junior Member

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    #9 Paft, Sep 28, 2009
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    Right, OK.

    Thanks.

    edit: this was in responce to #7. I didn't submit my post till after you posted Mr Jinje, so didn't see it.
     
  10. MrFerretKing

    MrFerretKing MDL Member

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    You shouldn't have to wait for a vmware app to compare registries.

    Just make a backup of your current registry as is.
    Make changes
    Make another backup of registry
    Use a file compare tool that will highlight differences. (winmerge, examdiff, etc...)

    I do that all the time to see what keys are getting changed, created, deleted during an app install or settings change.


    Mfk
     
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    Phazor MDL Expert

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  12. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    #12 Mr Jinje, Sep 28, 2009
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    Here is location of some interesting keys, inside the folder are 9 different shell folders and some view settings. Not much use until we know what each setting can be use for, or which BAG is for which "Content Type"

    Code:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\2]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    "LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
    "IconSize"=dword:00000010
    "Sort"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,30,f1,\
      25,b7,ef,47,1a,10,a5,f1,02,60,8c,9e,eb,ac,0a,00,00,00,01,00,00,00
    "GroupView"=dword:00000000
    "GroupByKey:FMTID"="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}"
    "GroupByKey:PID"=dword:00000000
    "GroupByDirection"=dword:00000001
    Have a look, play around with it.

    I guess what I would do is go around and make my folder settings, then back up that registry key. Then wait for when the settings go bad again, and compare what happened to the keys. Then re-run your back up and see if that fixes it. Let us know, how it go.
     
  13. quorn23

    quorn23 MDL Novice

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    that reminds me of a problem i have

    i start the explorer with default view the harddrives and dvd etc

    now when i double click a disc it always open two new explorer windows but i would like to just open the drive in the actual window without open any new one, any ideas?