Reset Folder View Settings to Default in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 61,565
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #30

    adgorn said:
    New guy here. Not seeing this helping me. I have a zillion photos organized in a main folder with subfolders. I want all the folders to show: Name, Date modified, type, size, Date created, Date taken, Tags, Camera model, Focal length, Max aperture, Exp time, Exp bias, Exp program, F-stop, ISO speed, Orientation, Program mode, White balance, Metering mode. So I set that up in the top folder and Customize to "Pictures / also apply to subfolders." That sticks. Then I do the Options>Change>View> Apply. But I still have subfolders showing "General Items." Also, if I go directly to such a folder and try to change to Pictures it won't take.
    Hello adgorn, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Correct. This will only reset the folder views back to default for the template the folders are using.

    It sounds like you are wanting to apply a folder view to all folders using the same folder template (ex: "Pictures")

    Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10

    Just to note, folder views are not saved for removable media.
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  2. Posts : 11,387
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #31

    adgorn said:
    New guy here. Not seeing this helping me. I have a zillion photos organized in a main folder with subfolders. I want all the folders to show: Name, Date modified, type, size, Date created, Date taken, Tags, Camera model, Focal length, Max aperture, Exp time, Exp bias, Exp program, F-stop, ISO speed, Orientation, Program mode, White balance, Metering mode. So I set that up in the top folder and Customize to "Pictures / also apply to subfolders." That sticks. Then I do the Options>Change>View> Apply. But I still have subfolders showing "General Items." Also, if I go directly to such a folder and try to change to Pictures it won't take.
    For me & for several others, using the procedure in this tutorial resolved the But I still have subfolders showing "General Items." issue.

    I hope it does for you aswell.

    Denis
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #32

    Thank you. So in your link, it starts with the system "Pictures" folder. Is that the secret? I have been starting with a folder of my choosing, trying to make it the Pictures template.
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  4. Posts : 11,387
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #33

    adgorn said:
    Thank you. So in your link, it starts with the system "Pictures" folder. Is that the secret? I have been starting with a folder of my choosing, trying to make it the Pictures template.
    I never found that necessary. All my folder types were set using folders of my own choosing rather than the default Pictures, Videos, ... folders.

    Denis
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  5. Posts : 61,565
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #34

    adgorn said:
    Thank you. So in your link, it starts with the system "Pictures" folder. Is that the secret? I have been starting with a folder of my choosing, trying to make it the Pictures template.
    It depends on where you are trying to view them from, but you would want them to all use the same template.

    You might find it easier to view them in the Pictures library instead. This way they will automatically share the same folder view.

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  6. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #35

    Maybe I am missing something. I want to start over. So where/how exactly do I set a template to begin with?

    - - - Updated - - -

    I learned a bit more from this: How to Customize Folder Views with Windows’ Five Templates

    So I found a folder that was already set to Pictures and tweaked to my settings. Good. Now I go to another folder which only contains pictures and see it is set tp General Items. I change that to Pictures, go back out, come back in - and it's back to General Items. That's the root of my problem.
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  7. Posts : 61,565
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #36

    adgorn said:
    Maybe I am missing something. I want to start over. So where/how exactly do I set a template to begin with?

    So I found a folder that was already set to Pictures and tweaked to my settings. Good. Now I go to another folder which only contains pictures and see it is set tp General Items. I change that to Pictures, go back out, come back in - and it's back to General Items. That's the root of my problem.
    What is the full path of the folder that keeps changing back to General Items?

    Is this folder location on a removable or external drive?

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #37

    Another little thing - when I change the type to Pictures, it inserts a desktop.ini file into the folder containing the following.

    [ViewState]
    Mode=
    Vid=
    FolderType=Pictures

    But it still doesn't change it to a Picture type.
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  9. Posts : 315
    Windows 10 Home Single Language 21H1
       #38

    restart explorer, look at the folder again
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  10. Posts : 11,387
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #39

    adgorn said:
    Now I go to another folder which only contains pictures and see it is set tp General Items. I change that to Pictures, go back out, come back in - and it's back to General Items. That's the root of my problem.
    And that's the problem I had. It was solved by following the procedure in this tutorial. Several others had the same experience - the same problem, the same solution.

    I can't tell from your posted remarks whether or not you have completed the procedure in this tutorial or not.

    I am suggesting
    1 Do this tutorial's procedure.
    2 Go back to that misbehaving folder and change it back to Pictures type.
    3 Check that it stays as a Pictures type folder after you go elsewhere then return to it.

    Denis
      My Computer


 

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