Can I Reset Default View for All Folders?

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  1. Posts : 31
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       #1

    Can I Reset Default View for All Folders?


    Dumb question? I've been looking for the answer for over a year!

    I'd like all folders to open with "Medium Icons" by default. I'm still stuck changing the View to that setting every time I look into a folder I haven't used recently or have just created. Surely I'm missing something?

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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Hello,

    Yes, you sure can. The tutorial below can help show you how to reset folder view settings of all folders to default.

    Reset Folder View Settings to Default in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 31
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Not Working


    Where ever I look, using these instructions, I can't find the settings mentioned. For example, there is no "Libraries" tab visible in my menus.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    Libraries is not a folder view setting.

    Libraries doesn't show in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default, but you can use an option in the tutorial below to add it.

    How to Hide or Show Libraries in Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    What other settings were you wanting to change?
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  5. Posts : 31
    Windows 7 Professional --> Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I'd like all folders to open with "Medium Icons" by default. I'm still stuck changing the View to that setting every time I look into a folder I haven't used recently or since it was created.
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  6. KeithM's Avatar
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       #6

    Start with this tutorial: Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10

    But understand you have to repeat this for a number of different FolderTypes:

    Code:
    FolderType               ExampleFolder                                 
    ----------               -------------                                 
    Contacts                 shell:Contacts                                
    Documents                shell:Personal                                
    Downloads                shell:Downloads                               
    Generic                  shell:ThisPCDesktopFolder                     
    HomeFolder               shell:::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}
    Music                    shell:My Music                                
    Pictures                 shell:My Pictures                             
    Programs                 Shell:Programs                                
    Searches                 shell:Searches                                
    StorageProviderDocuments shell:OneDriveDocuments                       
    StorageProviderGeneric   shell:OneDrive                                
    StorageProviderMusic     shell:OneDriveMusic                           
    StorageProviderPictures  shell:OneDrivePictures                        
    StorageProviderVideos    shell:OneDrive\Videos                         
    UserFiles                shell:UsersFilesFolder                        
    UsersLibraries           shell:UsersLibrariesFolder                    
    Videos                   shell:My Video
    you can use the shell:<FOlder> command in the Run dialog or the Explorer Adreess Bar. Set the view settings to your liking then execute Apply to Folders from the View tab.

    These settings affect file system folders but not the Libraries, as they are virtual folders.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    jmrathbun said:
    I'd like all folders to open with "Medium Icons" by default. I'm still stuck changing the View to that setting every time I look into a folder I haven't used recently or since it was created.
    The tutorial below should be able to help with that.

    Set Default Folder View for all Folders in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 31
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    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thanks for your suggestions. The problem I see is, "The view settings will not be applied to libraries, This PC, and open and save as dialog boxes." So I've tried this routine several times and it doesn't seem to work at all for me.
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  9. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 803
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #9

    Are you comfortable copying & pasting code into a PowerShell window?

    If this command retruns a count of 5000, saved views have maxed out & things will be flakey.

    Code:
    ((gp "HKCU:\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU").Nodeslots).count
    If you've hit 5000, delete the BagMRU & Bags keys:

    Code:
    sl 'HKCU:\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell'
    'BagMRU', 'Bags' | Remove-Item -Recurse
    Verify that you have set defaults for all the FolderTypes:

    Code:
    Function Get-CustomFolderTypes {
        $Defaults = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Defaults'
        $FT       = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes'
    
    
        If ( ! ( $global:FT_Lookup )) {      # Available for interactive use
            $sbBegin   = {$hash = @{         # for duration of PowerShell session
                '{25CC242B-9A7C-4F51-80E0-7A2928FEBE42}' = 'Network'
                '{D6D9E004-CD87-442B-9D57-5E0AEB4F6F72}' = 'Recycle Bin'
            }}
            $global:FT_Lookup = gci $FT | ForEach $sbBegin {
                 $hash.Add( $_.PSChildName , ($_).GetValue('CanonicalName') )
            } { $hash }
    @"
            FT_Lookup: FolderTYpeID -> FolderType Name created.
            Use:
            `t"`$FT_Lookup.GetEnumerator() | sort value | ft -AutoSize"
            to view in console or type:
            `t"`$FT_Lookkup | Out-GridView"
            to browse, sort, and filter.
    "@ | Write-Host
        }
    
    
        If ( Test-Path $Defaults ) {
            (gi $Defaults).Property | ForEach{ [PSCustomObject]@{
                'ID'  = $_
                'Name'= $FT_Lookup[$_]
            }}
        } Else {
             Write-Host "`n`t`tNo Customized Templates`n"
        }
    }
    Set-Alias -Name gcft -Value Get-CustomFolderTypes
    gcft
    You can copy & paste the whole block. That will give you a nice list like this:
    Code:
    PS C:\...\keith>Function Get-CustomFolderTypes {
    >>     $Defaults = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Defaults'
    >>     $FT       = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes'
    >>
    >>
    >>     If ( ! ( $global:FT_Lookup )) {      # Available for interactive use
    >>         $sbBegin   = {$hash = @{         # for duration of PowerShell session
    >>             '{25CC242B-9A7C-4F51-80E0-7A2928FEBE42}' = 'Network'
    >>             '{D6D9E004-CD87-442B-9D57-5E0AEB4F6F72}' = 'Recycle Bin'
    >>         }}
    >>         $global:FT_Lookup = gci $FT | ForEach $sbBegin {
    >>              $hash.Add( $_.PSChildName , ($_).GetValue('CanonicalName') )
    >>         } { $hash }
    >> @"
    >>         FT_Lookup: FolderTYpeID -> FolderType Name created.
    >>         Use:
    >>         `t"`$FT_Lookup.GetEnumerator() | sort value | ft -AutoSize"
    >>         to view in console or type:
    >>         `t"`$FT_Lookkup | Out-GridView"
    >>         to browse, sort, and filter.
    >> "@ | Write-Host
    >>     }
    >>
    >>
    >>     If ( Test-Path $Defaults ) {
    >>         (gi $Defaults).Property | ForEach{ [PSCustomObject]@{
    >>             'ID'  = $_
    >>             'Name'= $FT_Lookup[$_]
    >>         }}
    >>     } Else {
    >>          Write-Host "`n`t`tNo Customized Templates`n"
    >>     }
    >> }
    >> Set-Alias -Name gcft -Value Get-CustomFolderTypes
    >> gcft
    >>
            FT_Lookup: FolderTYpeID -> FolderType Name created.
            Use:
                    "$FT_Lookup.GetEnumerator() | sort value | ft -AutoSize"
            to view in console or type:
                    "$FT_Lookkup | Out-GridView"
            to browse, sort, and filter.
    
    ID                                     Name
    --                                     ----
    {B3690E58-E961-423B-B687-386EBFD83239} Pictures
    {885A186E-A440-4ADA-812B-DB871B942259} Downloads
    {94D6DDCC-4A68-4175-A374-BD584A510B78} Music
    {5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7} Generic
    {5FA96407-7E77-483C-AC93-691D05850DE8} Videos
    {7D49D726-3C21-4F05-99AA-FDC2C9474656} Documents
    {24CCB8A6-C45A-477D-B940-3382B9225668} HomeFolder
    {DD61BD66-70E8-48DD-9655-65C5E1AAC2D1} StorageProviderDocuments
    {672ECD7E-AF04-4399-875C-0290845B6247} StorageProviderMusic
    {71D642A9-F2B1-42CD-AD92-EB9300C7CC0A} StorageProviderPictures
    {51294DA1-D7B1-485B-9E9A-17CFFE33E187} StorageProviderVideos
    {4F01EBC5-2385-41F2-A28E-2C5C91FB56E0} StorageProviderGeneric
    {D6D9E004-CD87-442B-9D57-5E0AEB4F6F72} Recycle Bin
    {0B0BA2E3-405F-415E-A6EE-CAD625207853} Searches
    {DE2B70EC-9BF7-4A93-BD3D-243F7881D492} Contacts
    {DB2A5D8F-06E6-4007-ABA6-AF877D526EA6} AccountPictures
    {2C7BBEC6-C844-4A0A-91FA-CEF6F59CFDA1} Printers
    {3f2a72a7-99fa-4ddb-a5a8-c604edf61d6b} Music.Library
    I just recently posted here about a way I found to control dialog defaults seperate from Explorer windows. The OP there wanted Details. I could mod code or .reg file to Medium Icons instead. Let me know.
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  10. Posts : 31
    Windows 7 Professional --> Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Wow! I'm too old to learn how to do what you're suggesting, or to even guess if it's a good idea.
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