Windows 10: Libraries Layout: I Want Tiles!

  1.    09 Mar 2017 #1

    Libraries Layout: I Want Tiles!

    I am reaching a breaking point with this.

    I use File Explorer Libraries pretty much exclusively. All I want is to see everything in the Tiles layout.

    I already have File Explorer set to view everything in Tiles otherwise (i.e. when not navigating within Libraries) and that works fine. But within Libraries the layout keeps defaulting to Details whenever I create or modify a Library, and sometimes even reverts to Details in Libraries I've already managed to change to Tiles.

    The only way to change layouts to Tiles that I have figured out is manually, one folder at a time. This entails navigating to the folder, changing the layout from Details to Tiles, navigating out of the folder, navigating back to find it went back to Details, and changing the layout from Details to Tiles again, always at least twice, and often several times, until the Tiles layout finally "sticks". Even then, if I navigate via the navigation pane rather than the address bar, the layout reverts back to Details, requiring the process to be repeated, so I don't even bother using the navigation pane much anymore.

    This. Is. Infuriating.

    It used to be (I think Windows 7 and earlier) you could get a particular Library layout to stick by just doing a CTRL-W. Upon reopening the preferred layout would be in place. Not any more apparently.

    I've always found it stupid that Windows will ask you what you want to "optimize" a Library for (General Items, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos) and then decide for you how the layout should be. No, let me decide that, thank you very much! Not to mention that there appears to be no difference I can see between General Items and Documents, and that none of the "optimize" options are associated with the Tiles layout.

    And now Libraries are turned off by default. And I also have the problem of it taking forever to create a new folder while in Library view. It's almost as if Windows doesn't want you to use Libraries anymore. Oh just ask Cortana! It will find everything for you! No No No NO NO! I have 54,000 files in over 6,000 folders carefully organized and curated via 44 Libraries. I need Libraries to work. And I want to see everything as Tiles.

    Okay sorry for the rant, but this is driving me insane. I need a solution. As none of the normal File Explorer settings seem to apply here, I am hoping there is somewhere in the registry where I can force the default layout to Tiles instead of Details. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       09 Mar 2017 #2

    Welcome to the TenForums @jh1

    To enable library views right click in the navigation pane in file explorer, basically the left hand section. Yes there was an article or two about phasing out libraries after we all just use to them. Anyway when you right click in navigation pane, left click on "Show libraries"

    As to default views and setting them, this tutorial may be of some help.

    Folder View - Set a Default for all Folders in Windows 10

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  3.    11 Mar 2017 #3

    Thank you Ken for taking the time to read and respond to my post.

    Unfortunately neither that Tutorial nor another I have already seen (at the link below) are of any use.

    Again, I think the solution is not available through any of the usual settings because File Explorer layout options are only selectively (not to mention poorly) matched up with Library optimizations/templates.

    Something, somewhere in Windows is telling Library views to default (and revert) to the Details layout, possibly in the registry. I am hoping to be able to change that default to Tiles.

    Or at least prevent the Library view from overriding how I have already set File Explorer to view folders, as Tiles. That is another infuriating thing about all of this. If I’m just in File Explorer (not my Libraries), everything is Tiles, just the way I set it up to be! So why does navigating within Libraries override that?!
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