WinSetView v2

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  1. Posts : 155
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    WinSetView v2


    WinSetView is a tool that will let you easily set default views for all Explorer folder types. It sets registry values, as discussed in various threads on tenforums.com and answers.microsoft.com, that Explorer will use to let you get the folder views set just the way you want. It does not modify Explorer or add any tasks or services. Please see the readme for more details.

    It's available from:

    GitHub - LesFerch/WinSetView: Globally Set Explorer Folder Views

    To download WinSetView, go to the link above, click the green "Code" button, and choose "Download Zip".

    This is a major upgrade from v1. You can now set default views for all Explorer folder types and choose any column headings (file properties). It's Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11 compatible. Please try it out and let me know what you think.

    WinSetView v2-1.png

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    Last edited by LesFerch; 04 Sep 2021 at 21:38.
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  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #2

    Box folders support


    Hello,

    Would it be possible to include Box support?

    Windows Explorer says it's a Mounted Volume, so I'm not sure it could be done.

    WinSetView v2-screenshot.png

    It's an old issue for Box users, as seen here.

    Thank you!
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  3. Posts : 155
    Windows 10 21H1
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    I took a look at Box tonight and compared with OneDrive. Here's a screenshot of a generic (General Items) folder on my desktop. I have Name, Date Modified, Size, and File Extension with custom widths set for each:
    WinSetView v2-1.png

    OneDrive picks up the same view, column selections, and columns widths. It also adds a "Status" column.
    WinSetView v2-2.png

    Box, as indicated in that link you sent, picks up the same view and column selections, but ignores the column widths.
    WinSetView v2-3.png

    Microsoft has defined OneDrive folder types, so we can control the OneDrive folder views.

    For Box, there is no way to add a custom folder type, so there's no way to set the Box default views. The Box developers would need to modify their software to pick up the generic (General Items) column widths in addition to the column headings.
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
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    Thank you for your quick response, LesFerch!

    It's nice to see such a supportive dev in the community.

    That's a shame for Box, it's an old issue not cared about. So, I think I must change my cloud.

    Thank you once again.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1348
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    Les,

    I saw you discussing USB-connected Android phone folder views recently and I can see in your ReadMe that your tool deals with this subject as well [by letting them all be set to the General items view]. Spiffing.

    I'll be downloading & setting up your tool when the sun rises.

    Thanks,
    All the best,
    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 05 Sep 2021 at 00:48.
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  6. Posts : 155
    Windows 10 21H1
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    Try3 said:
    I'll be downloading & setting up your tool when the sun rises.
    Did you get a chance to try it? Any feedback?

    Les
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1348
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    Les,

    I have tested two parts of it so far:
    1 Music folders & music folder searches
    - This works well.
    - I was going to have to study the subject of setting up search result layouts but getting it done with your tool is so easy that I'll use it instead.
    - I didn't set up the column widths and will have to sit down work them out using your guidance.

    2 Phone folders
    - I set this option but it has made no difference; my phone folders are not shown in the 'General' folder type view.
    - I should have some more spare time this weekend so I'll be having another go.
    - Perhaps the phone view option in your tool only works after I have set up the General type using your tool [rather than directly in the Registry as I do now].


    I have long been in the habit of backing up & restoring my default folder views for each main folder type so, once I have got the search result views set up as I want [exactly the same as their folder type view], I'll be able to extend my backups to cover those as well.
    How to Backup and restore Default folder views - TenForums


    All the best,
    Denis
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  8. Posts : 155
    Windows 10 21H1
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    Try3 said:
    Perhaps the phone view option in your tool only works after I have set up the General type using your tool.
    Yes, that sounds right. I'll have to confirm when I'm back at my PC (replying by phone here). Only the view (e.g. Details) carries over to a phone. The column headings for a phone are a special thing and can't be set as defaults. For details see the smartphone issue discussion on GitHub.
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    Les,

    Understood. Thanks.

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 155
    Windows 10 21H1
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    Try3 said:
    Perhaps the phone view option in your tool only works after I have set up the General type using your tool
    Turns out there was a bug in the script that occurs when the General Items folder type is not included (i.e. not checked). That has been fixed. Please redownload from the Main branch on GitHub and test again.

    Thanks,
    Les
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