Changing default view in Windows Explorer


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #1

    Changing default view in Windows Explorer


    I am trying to change the default view in Windows Explorer so that after doing a search it displays the results in the 'Details' view.

    I changed the view then clicked on the 'Options' button on the right of the top menu then selected 'Change Folder and Search Options'. Then in the 'Folder Options'dialog that appears I selected the 'View' tab but the 'Apply to Folders' button is disabled and greyed out.

    Im sure I remember in Windows 7 pressing this would button apply the changes so that next time I open Windows Explorer it would rember my settings. I also tried changing some options inside the dialog to see if it would enable the button but still remains greyed out.

    Can anyone advise
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  2. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #2

    You can set the default view in Explorer options
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Folder Options
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Megahertz said:
    You can set the default view in Explorer options
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Folder Options
    Thanks. I clicked on Control Panel then Folder Options and brings up the same 'Folder Options' dialog that I accessed but the button is still greyed out.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    I find that if I search, change the view, then quit file explorer, then open file explorer, then search - the view remains as I set it.

    Otherwise you might try this free tool which has been recommended here previously on several occasions:
    Download WinSetView 2.20
    - note, for example, this screenshot where the search view can be set:
    Changing default view in Windows Explorer-1.jpg

    This tool is referred to by this tenforums tutorial:
    Set Default Folder View for all Folders in Windows 10

    I don't believe 'Apply to Folders' is available for a search view, only to a standard folder after you have changed the view.

    Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10
    says
    If you opened File Explorer Options (aka: Folder Options) from the Control Panel instead, Apply to Folders will be grayed out.

    If you have This PC or a library open, Apply to Folders will be grayed out.
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