1.    09 Jan 2016 #1

    apply list view to only all subfolders

    How do I apply a view, specifically the "list" view, to only all of the subfolders of a folder without changing each one individually.
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  2.    09 Jan 2016 #2
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    Hello Jerry,

    This below would be about as close as I think you could get, but it gets applied to all folders of the same type instead.

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  3.    09 Jan 2016 #3

    So it can't be done. That's a good answer because it will save me time from trying to find out how it could have been done. It's surprising that this can't be done though because when working with files you will need a different view depending upon the task you are doing, i.e., "icon" view when looking or comparing photos and "list" view when sorting the date or name. You would also only want to alter the view for the current folder and subfolder your working in rather than every similer "type" of file on your drive. As I recall, though, this was possible in DOS, but the available "views" was very limited. HAHA.
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  4.    09 Jan 2016 #4
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    Not that I'm aware of in File Explorer.
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  5.    09 Jan 2016 #5

    the command was "c: List/**" with the fields you wanted displayed. To establish it for daughter folders was set list, I believe. But it's all way, way in the past now. There was no "explorer" then.
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  6.    09 Jan 2016 #6
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    What you want can be done with Registry edits. The capability has been around since XP:

    It's barely implemented in the UI via Folder Properties -> Customize tab -> "Also apply this template to all subfolders". This creates the "Inherit" key. But it only has a value for FolderType, and that simply refers back to whatever defaults you've set for each folder template via "Apply to folders"

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    But Explorer looks for more. It looks for an Inherit key under the GUID key. This is from a Procmon log:

    16:08:42.2022498 Explorer.EXE 4444 RegOpenKey HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\55\Shell\{5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7}\Inherit NAME NOT FOUND Desired Access: Read

    But if you create that key, Explorer will look for all same values in a saved view.

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  7.    09 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Delacruz View Post
    But it's all way, way in the past now. There was no "explorer" then.
    How far in the past? In Windows 3.1 it was File Manager which became Windows Explorer in Windows 95 and Directories became Folders. It changed to File Explorer in Windows 8 and later. DOS didn't have much in the way of a GUI/Grapical User Interface but little programs like HDM/Hard Disk Menu helped quite a bit.
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