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  1. Posts : 55
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    How to apply different View settings to folders of the same type...


    Is there a way to set Large icons view for all folders that have images except have the parent folder be set to Details?

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  2. KeithM's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #2

    The easiest thing is to execute Apply to Folders from a picture folder set to Large Icons so that is the default. Then just switch the parent folder to Details. That view should be retained if everything is working right.

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  3. Lance1's Avatar
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    This is in the parent folder with 2 sub folders. Is this what your talking a bought?

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  4. Posts : 55
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    The easiest thing is to execute Apply to Folders from a picture folder set to Large Icons so that is the default. Then just switch the parent folder to Details.
    The parent folder in this case is OS(C:). That seems to have worked, with exceptions.

    One folder and all its subfolders still has the Large Icons view.

    A second folder and its subfolders has mixed Large Icons and Details views.

    Is there a way to set the view for a given folder and have all folders within take on that setting?
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  5. KeithM's Avatar
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    You have to be aware of what FolderType is applied to a folder because Apply to Folders works on a per-FolderType basis. So you have to set Generic & Documents & Music & Downloads & Videos to Details (or whatever your previewed view is) as well as setting Pictures to Large Icons. Then, if a folder doesn't have its expected view, it's most likely becasue the wrong FolderType is applied & you can modify that vai the Customize tab in the folder's Properties dialog:
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    Be Aware:

    • OneDrive folders have their own set of FolderTypes that appear identical on the Customize tab but are unique in the registry (the mandetory Status column distinguishes them from the "normal" equivalent type). These are the StorageProvider group (see below)
    • To the frustration of many, the Library & SearchResults groups are not modified by Apply to Folders.


    Here's a full iist of the FolderTypes defined in the registry. You can create your own using the PowerShell at the top:

    Code:
    (gp (gci HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes).PSPath).CanonicalName | Sort
    
    AccountPictures
    Communications
    Communications.SearchResults
    CompressedFolder
    Contacts
    Contacts.Library
    Contacts.LibraryFolder
    Contacts.SearchResults
    ControlPanelAllItems
    ControlPanelCategory
    Documents
    Documents.Library
    Documents.LibraryFolder
    Documents.SearchResults
    Downloads
    FileItemAPIs
    Generic
    Generic.Library
    Generic.LibraryFolder
    Generic.SearchResults
    HomeFolder
    Internet
    Music
    Music.Library
    Music.LibraryFolder
    Music.SearchResults
    OpenSearch
    OtherUsers
    OtherUsers.SearchResults
    Pictures
    Pictures.Library
    Pictures.LibraryFolder
    Pictures.SearchResults
    Printers
    Programs
    PublishedItems
    PublishedItems.SearchResults
    RestrictedNonIndexed
    SearchConnector
    Searches
    SearchHome
    StartMenu
    StorageProviderDocuments
    StorageProviderGeneric
    StorageProviderMusic
    StorageProviderPictures
    StorageProviderVideos
    Sync
    UserFiles
    UserFiles.SearchResults
    UsersLibraries
    UsersLibraries.SearchResults
    Videos
    Videos.Library
    Videos.LibraryFolder
    Videos.SearchResults
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  6. Posts : 55
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    So you have to set Generic & Documents & Music & Downloads & Videos to Details (or whatever your previewed view is) as well as setting Pictures to Large Icons.
    Do I do this from the folders of those names, i.e. I go to the Downloads folder and set it to Details?

    Then, if a folder doesn't have its expected view, it's most likely becasue the wrong FolderType is applied & you can modify that vai the Customize tab in the folder's Properties dialog:
    Doesn't that mean (for example) I have to go to each folder in the Pictures folder that isn't a Pictures FolderType and change it? And then do the same for each folder within each of those folders? I ask because I checked and a lot of those need to be changed.
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  7. KeithM's Avatar
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    ixodid said:
    Do I do this from the folders of those names, i.e. I go to the Downloads folder and set it to Details?
    That's generally the easiest way ( Desktop uses Generic/General FolerType ), but it can be executed from any folder & it will affect all folders that use the same FolderType.
    ixodid said:
    Doesn't that mean (for example) I have to go to each folder in the Pictures folder that isn't a Pictures FolderType and change it? And then do the same for each folder within each of those folders? I ask because I checked and a lot of those need to be changed.
    Usually, sub-folders of Pictures are using the Pictures FolderType. However, you can force the parent folder type on subfolders, again from the Customize tab, check the opton: Also apply this template to all subfolders.
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  8. Posts : 55
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    ...you can force the parent folder type on subfolders, again from the Customize tab, check the opton: Also apply this template to all subfolders.
    (Sorry I didn't include this information sooner but I didn't want to confuse things by including too much in any one post): I had on several occasions checked the option Also apply this template to all subfolders (and click Apply) but it doesn't seem to work.

    I also tried the Reset Folders button at Folder Options > View > Folder views and restarted Windows a couple of times at various points in the process.

    I appreciate your help so far, KeithM.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    Don't forget to back up your folder view settings once finished to make it easy to restore them as needed.

    Backup and Restore Folder View Settings in Windows 10
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  10. Posts : 55
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    When at [a given folder's] Properties > Customize and checking Also apply this template to all subfolders, does this mean all immediate subfolders only or all subfolders all the way down the tree?

    I ask because when I enable Also apply this template to all subfolders, it does not appear to affect any subfolders below the immediate level of subfolders.
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