Windows 10: All folders in Explorer display in Thumbnails view - Why?? Solved

  1.    28 Mar 2016 #1

    All folders in Explorer display in Thumbnails view - Why??

    Let me correct that subject line a bit. It happens in almost all Sub Folders. For example, This PC is an odd one. Sometimes it's in thumbnail view, other times it's in detail view. I suppose that depends on how you start This PC.
    This started about 3 weeks ago. I've been so busy with tech problems, at the time I never thought about it being a long term issue. Had I known, I could have looked at my windows updates to see if there was an update around that time. But if it was a Windows update, I think lots of users would be throwing fits, so it must be something that was caused by a setting in another program.
    I use the detail view on ALL of my folders. Even pictures and music, if I'm looking at those in Explorer, I want the detail view. I have programs for my audio files and my image files - then I will use a different view.
    Well, I remember in the good old days, at least in XP, you could go into Folder Options and make changes and there was a bo you could check to Apply these changes to ALL folders? It was wonderful. Windows 10 doesn't have that option. But I figure one of you has had a similar issue, and I also figure one of you has found a solution.
    I change the settings in every folder that I open, but it doesn't stay, and I've looked at all the options in the toolbar - There doesn't seem to be any option to save that view, let alone apply to ALL folders. This is driving me mad.
    So, have any of you had this problem? Have any of you found a way to change settings for folders Globally?
    Any help would be appreciated.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       28 Mar 2016 #2

    Hello hooked, :)

    If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to set a default folder view to all folders using the "General Items" template.
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  3.    28 Mar 2016 #3

    "Apply these changes to ALL folders? It was wonderful. Windows 10 doesn't have that option."
    It has the exact same option. In an explorer window, Hit the Details view at bottom. Hit the drop down under Options at the top. The same menu that was in XP is there (Change folder and search options/View tab).
    To expand on Brink's response. R-click any blank area to bring up folder properties. Hit Customize tab and apply your preferences there.

    As you can see in the below Music sub-folder, I have custom columns which I can apply to all music files by R-click Music under This PC. Select my details like Artist, yr, length of song etc. and select Customize for Music. Select apply to all sub folders and all my music folders will open with same details. For pictures, I may use dimensions, type, etc and optimize for Pictures. You can use these settings instead of your third party programs.
    Understand that if you open Downloads folder which may have varied content and thumbnails appear there, it applies to sub folders unless you've checked off the options above for each sub-folder. Good Luck
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  4.    30 Mar 2016 #4

    Thanks to both of you. I thought I looked at Options and didn't see anything that looked like it would help. Guess I need to look again.

    Wonder why it happened though???
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       30 Mar 2016 #5

    Were you able to get it set how you wanted?
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  6.    30 Mar 2016 #6

    Oh, yeah. I had fun playing with it for about an hour. Like I had said in my first post, I want to view everything in detail in Explorer - cuz I have programs that let me view audio/video/photos with many ways to easily change the display. But now that you turned me on to this, I figure I might as well set up folders based on content.

    I knew there was a solution. I just got weary looking for the way(s) to do it.
    You're de man!
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       30 Mar 2016 #7

    Great news.
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