How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10  

    How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10

    Published by Category: General Tips
    23 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10


    Starting with Windows 10 build 21337 and later, the default layout of File Explorer now adds additional padding between elements. For users who prefer a more information-dense layout, there is a new setting in View Options called Use compact mode, which will restore the classic layout of File Explorer.

    The UX for toggling this setting is not final. The level of padding is designed for better consistency with modern (XAML) experiences. This should also make it easier to work with File Explorer when using a touch screen.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Use compact mode in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer using Folder Options
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: "Use compact mode" turned on and off
    How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10-use_compact_mode_turned_on.png How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10-use_compact_mode_turned_off.png






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer using Folder Options


    1 Open Folder Options.

    2 Click/tap on the View tab, check or uncheck (default) Use compact mode in "Advanced settings" for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10-use_compact_mode.png






    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    UseCompactMode DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Turn On Use Compact Mode in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_on_Use_compact_mode_in_File_Explorer.reg

    Download


    3 To Turn Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_off_Use_compact_mode_in_File_Explorer.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1

    hm who can not also see any differences in the pictures
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  2. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Pief said:
    hm who can not also see any differences in the pictures
    Hello Pief, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The difference is the increased spacing between files and folders in the main window of File Explorer when "Use compact mode" is turned off.
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  3. Posts : 827
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #3

    Don't have "Use compact mode" listed in "File Explorer Options". Tried .reg file with no luck. OS is 21H1 19043.1165.
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  4. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    rdwray said:
    Don't have "Use compact mode" listed in "File Explorer Options". Tried .reg file with no luck. OS is 21H1 19043.1165.
    Hello mate,

    Currently Compact Mode is only available in Windows 10 build 21337 and higher.
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  5. Posts : 827
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #5

    Brink said:
    Hello mate,

    Currently Compact Mode is only available in Windows 10 build 21337 and higher.
    I have looked a bunch and can't find it...
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  6. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    rdwray said:
    I have looked a bunch and can't find it...
    It was an Insider build, but since Windows 11 took over the Dev and Beta channels, Windows 10 is left with only 19043.1165 for now until the next feature release.
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  7. Posts : 827
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #7

    Brink said:
    It was an Insider build, but since Windows 11 took over the Dev and Beta channels, Windows 10 is left with only 19043.1165 for now until the next feature release.
    Good grief...
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  8. KCR
    Posts : 346
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1706)
       #8

    Brink said:
    It was an Insider build, but since Windows 11 took over the Dev and Beta channels, Windows 10 is left with only 19043.1165 for now until the next feature release.

    Well, that not very nice. . . . .

    How to Turn On or Off Use Compact Mode in File Explorer in Windows 10-image.png



    Lol. . .

    .
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