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       #61

    pepanee said:
    Name: 600
    Size: 100
    Type: 150
    Date Modified: 160
    Click the Columns button and enter in the desired widths for each of those properties. As per the manual, you can enter the widths in pixels by holding down Alt when you click any column width field. The pixel widths will be converted to the nearest whole em value when you click the checkmark button. The default widths (that are set in the FolderTypes registry key by WinSetView) can only be set to whole em values.
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       #62

    LesFerch said:
    Click the Columns button and enter in the desired widths for each of those properties. As per the manual, you can enter the widths in pixels by holding down Alt when you click any column width field. The pixel widths will be converted to the nearest whole em value when you click the checkmark button. The default widths (that are set in the FolderTypes registry key by WinSetView) can only be set to whole em values.
    Okay I was able to figure out how to be able to insert the pixels amount, which the Search results look correct in most folders, but my Default folders now have changed to look like this:

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png

    Refer to the pictures in my previous post to how the default I want it to be.
    (or the values, set in pixels, in my previous post)

    Thanks
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       #63

    Given the selected settings, that's exactly what I would expect to see before you restore your saved views from your backup. Are you saying this is what you get after restoring from your backup?
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       #64

    LesFerch said:
    Given the selected settings, that's exactly what I would expect to see before you restore your saved views from your backup. Are you saying this is what you get after restoring from your backup?
    When I Restore from the last saved (January 17, 2023) "Backup & Restore Folder View Settings Tool", they get restored to the way I have them. But also, your "Restore" saved my settings, which I'm really happy you added that to the app:

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png

    The weird thing is that after I do the settings I want, the press the Submit button, the default folder settings change to like my previous post. This is what I do in your app:
    (Please help me figure out what to do to avoid the thing from my last post =)



    After Restoring in the option in your app, I was able to get my folder settings back, like so:
    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png

    I open WinSetView
    I uncheck everything, and check this one only. (I just noticed the last one on the list is "Searches", I tried it with that one too.)
    (I uncheck Inherit, to be able to edit the columns)
    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png


    Clear out everything:
    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png

    For the 'Name' detail:
    I Press Alt + click the text field box. Another window comes up asking for pixels. I put in 600, and press the Check button.
    In column order, from left to right (for File Explorer):
    a) Now I check the left box (the right box gets automatically checked) for 'Size'. I press Alt + click the text field box. In the new window, I put in 100, press the Check button.
    b) I do the same exact method for the other two: "Type" & "Date modified":
    c) Press the back button

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png

    Press the submit button:
    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png


    Windows PowerShell opens, saying a bunch of lines with each one being successful
    Then Explorer resets.
    And the app folder opens, yet looks like this:

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png


    The Search results view is 100% accurate though. (I've tried searches in other folders, and with some others, they look a little strange, I'll try to figure that out later).

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png
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       #65

    The best approach is what I first recommended. That is, instead of setting only the search results defaults, set your preferred default views for ALL folder types. You can still restore your saved views, but then any folders that don't behave, and fall back to default, will fall back to your preferred defaults.
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       #66

    pepanee said:
    And the app folder opens, yet looks like this:
    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-image.png
    And that's exactly what you should expect to see.

    WinSetView did what you requested. Since the "General Items" folder type is unchecked, WinSetView does not create an HKCU FolderTypes entry for that folder type, so you get the default view from the HKLM FolderTypes key. Unchecking a folder type does not mean "keep the view I currently have". It means "give me the Windows default view".

    Remember that WinSetView clears the Bags registry key, so all per-folder saved views and views set via the "Apply to Folders" button (unless you uncheck that option) are gone. But that's fine because, if I understand correctly, your plan was to restore your saved views from your backup, so that the new defaults only apply to new or never opened folders.

    Follow my advice from my previous post and set ALL the defaults. Then restore your saved views from backup and you should be good to go.
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       #67

    LesFerch said:
    And that's exactly what you should expect to see.

    WinSetView did what you requested. Since the "General Items" folder type is unchecked, WinSetView does not create an HKCU FolderTypes entry for that folder type, so you get the default view from the HKLM FolderTypes key. Unchecking a folder type does not mean "keep the view I currently have". It means "give me the Windows default view".

    Remember that WinSetView clears the Bags registry key, so all per-folder saved views and views set via the "Apply to Folders" button (unless you uncheck that option) are gone. But that's fine because, if I understand correctly, your plan was to restore your saved views from your backup, so that the new defaults only apply to new or never opened folders.

    Follow my advice from my previous post and set ALL the defaults. Then restore your saved views from backup and you should be good to go.
    Okay I see. I tried a few things, and it seems to be working the way I want it to. I appreciate the response. I'll reply if there's more help I need.

    Edit (2:48 PM local time):
    Okay I noticed something a little weird. I noticed that the numbers used in the editing feature (aside of the pixels):
    1 'point' is an increment of 8 pixels.

    12 is 96 pixels
    13 is 104 pixels

    But I cannot insert 12.5 which would equal 100 pixels.

    Is there a way I can do that?
    Last edited by pepanee; 08 Feb 2023 at 17:51.
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       #68

    pepanee said:
    I noticed that the numbers used in the editing feature (aside of the pixels):
    1 'point' is an increment of 8 pixels.

    12 is 96 pixels
    13 is 104 pixels

    But I cannot insert 12.5 which would equal 100 pixels.

    Is there a way I can do that?
    No.

    The widths are in "ems" which is a dpi-independent unit. 1 em is 8 pixels at 96 dpi, 10 at 120 dpi, 12 at 144, and so on. That's the unit of measurement that Explorer uses for its default settings in the FolderTypes registry key. That's what WinSetView sets.

    When you're viewing a folder in Explorer, you can set the widths more granular, but that's stored in the per-folder "Bags" registry key which WinSetView doesn't deal with (other than clearing that key to make the new defaults apply).

    Here's what would happen if I set a decimal width entry in the FolderTypes key:
    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-1.png
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       #69

    LesFerch said:
    No.

    The widths are in "ems" which is a dpi-independent unit. 1 em is 8 pixels at 96 dpi, 10 at 120 dpi, 12 at 144, and so on. That's the unit of measurement that Explorer uses for its default settings in the FolderTypes registry key. That's what WinSetView sets.

    When you're viewing a folder in Explorer, you can set the widths more granular, but that's stored in the per-folder "Bags" registry key which WinSetView doesn't deal with (other than clearing that key to make the new defaults apply).

    Here's what would happen if I set a decimal width entry in the FolderTypes key:
    Okay thanks for the information. I'll see if I can re-adjust things on my end for folder views. I appreciate it. Great app.
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