WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)

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  1. Posts : 664
    Windows 10/11
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    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)


    WinSetView is a tool that will let you easily set File Explorer default folder views (including turning off grouping everywhere if so desired). It works by setting registry values that File Explorer already supports. It does not modify Explorer or add any tasks or services.

    Please follow the guide on the WinSetView web page to download the app and set your initial folder view preferences. Running the app for the first time without following the guide may lead to confusion, as there are a lot of options on the screen.

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    WinSetView...

    • Is a portable app. That is, it requires no installation (just unzip and run) and it saves its settings in an INI file with the app. So, you can easily run it from a flash drive or network drive to set up new computers and/or new users with consistent default views with just one click.

    • Sets default folder views for ALL folder types, not just the basic five. That is, in addition to setting the default views for General items, Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos, it also sets the default views for Downloads, Libraries, OneDrive, Search results, Contacts, Quick Access, User files, File Open/Save dialogs, etc.

    • Can set the default view for phones and tablets to open in the same view you choose for General items. No more tiles!

    • Sets folder views using the FolderTypes registry key which is not affected by Windows updates.

    • Includes options to turn off Internet results in Windows search, revert the right-click menu to the classic layout, and disable thumbnails on folders.

    • Can also be used to reset all folder views to Windows defaults.

    • Can be used via the command line (for Power users and System Administrators). See the Tools Folder section in the manual for more details.

    WinSetView will correct the following conditions (when the cause is registry corruption):

    1. Folder views set via File Explorer, using Apply to Folders, are not applying to all folders.
    2. Folder Properties, Customize, Optimize this folder for is not working properly.
    3. Folder views are reverting back to Windows defaults.

    Note: Windows 11 currently has some folder view bugs in regards to setting folder type for entire folder trees on removable drives and overriding the automatically detected folder type on "Local disks". Those bugs can, for now, be eliminated by installing a program that patches Explorer, such as StartAllBack (with the Explorer style option set to one of the classic views).
    Last edited by LesFerch; 05 Mar 2023 at 20:30. Reason: Updated screen shot
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  2. Posts : 71
    Windows 7 Professional --> Windows 10
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    LOVE IT!

    Thanks so much!
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  3. Posts : 116
    Several
       #3

    Wonderful, thank you!
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  4. Posts : 6,660
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #4

    Not working for me as the buttons are missing so there's no way to apply or restore settings.

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    Last edited by Callender; 26 Mar 2021 at 22:59. Reason: swap image
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  5. Posts : 664
    Windows 10/11
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Callender said:
    Not working for me as the buttons are missing so there's no way to apply or restore settings.
    It looks like your display is set to 125%. You'll need to set it back to 100% temporarily to use the script:
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  6. Posts : 6,660
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #6

    That fixed it. Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 664
    Windows 10/11
    Thread Starter
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    Callender said:
    That fixed it. Thanks.
    I'll modify it to work at 125% and 150%. Almost got it... just a couple more tweaks.

    - - - Updated - - -
    @Callender, I just uploaded a new version that automatically adjusts for different screen scaling. Same download link. Please test on your machine and let me know how it goes. Thanks.
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  8. Posts : 22,667
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4046 (x64) [22H2]
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    Brake4bots said:
    I'll modify it to work at 125% and 150%. Almost got it... just a couple more tweaks.

    - - - Updated - - -
    @Callender, I just uploaded a new version that automatically adjusts for different screen scaling. Same download link. Please test on your machine and let me know how it goes. Thanks.


    You can see my computer specs... I've noticed that very large media collections, can't handle more than...
    name, date created and size, for column headings. Anything more and sorting by clicking on column headings, grinds things to a halt.
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  9. Posts : 6,660
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9

    @Brake4bots

    New version Works fine for me.

    WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)-winsetview.jpg
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  10. Posts : 17,838
    Windows 10
       #10

    I think it's working okay.

    Still have to set Recycle Bin and, of course, CP/Programs and Features manually though.
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