Windows 10: search results - cannot save view settings

  1.    09 Feb 2017 #1

    search results - cannot save view settings


    Hi,

    I have to ask this because this is the most frustrating issue on Windows 10 to me.
    It really needs an update to fix this.

    When searching in a folder, the search results view is always "Content".

    If I want "Details" view, I have to change to "Details" after every searches.

    Still in search results, if I go to "View - Folder Options", "Apply to Folders" is greyed out. I cannot set this.

    Please fix this.


    Patrick
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  2.    09 Feb 2017 #2

    Hi, what I see is that if I pick a folder I've not searched before, then the search view (changes) to Content.

    For a folder I've searched before, that's not what I find. If I launch file explorer, view a folder as "Details", and search for e.g. *.txt, the Search view is "Details".

    Certainly if I then keep viewing the folder, changing the view, it is not necessarily the case that the search view is the same as the folder view.

    I do find this is the same:
    Still in search results, if I go to "View - Folder Options", "Apply to Folders" is greyed out.
    Just to be certain you're aware, this forum is not run by Microsoft - we are users and volunteers.

    If you wish to take this up with MS, I suggest the Feedback Hub app, or MS's technet site, for example.

    Build: 14393.693, Win 10 Pro x64
    Last edited by dalchina; 09 Feb 2017 at 12:07.
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       09 Feb 2017 #3

    I can confirm trogne's statement. I'm on Insider preview ATM, so can't say about RTM.

    In my case, search results are presented in "content" view by default. If I change view into details it will remain (for that folder) and search results will be in details view next time.

    But it sticks only for current folder.

    Will look into it later. Maybe it could be set in default folders view.
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  4.    09 Feb 2017 #4

    I use the Search feature as well in File Explorer. The original poster is completely correct. I tried many attempts at finding a way to set all the search results for every folder to show EXACTLY how I have my folder set up in the Details view. It doesn't do that, and there seems to be no way to set a default view setting for search results in Windows 10. It kinda sucks that this USEFUL feature isn't included in the latest operating system. (Wish they had a drawing board where they wrote all the good enhancements to Windows over time, to make sure to NOT forget to include those features in their latest Windows releases.)

    Anyways, this is what I did: For the folders that I search in frequently (for example: my Music folder), I did a search, and saw results. They were listed in the crappy non-Details format. So Right Click > View > Details. Press the back button. Right click on Name (above all the files/folders in File Explorer) > press More...
    Take a note of all the checked items, and take note of the numbers for each one at the bottom.
    Now close this window and do another search. (After you do this second search, you should still see your results as Details, because Windows saves the view settings from earlier)
    Now Right click on Name > More...
    Use the notes you took earlier to make that "Search" window to look EXACTLY like your folder's view settings. IT'S A TEDIOUS PROCESS to do for all the folders you frequently search in, but that seems to be the Only way that I have found so far.
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