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

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       #20

    You're most welcome.
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  2. Posts : 4
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       #21

    Apply to Folders doesn't change all folders


    When I take the following steps to rearrange my columns so "Type" is moved down and click Apply to Folders, the change does not go through all folders. I have to go through each folder and rearrange columns one by one. Is there a better way or am I doing something wrong?

    WIN+E; From the View tab, Current view group, Group by list arrow, click Choose columns; from Choose Details dialog, highlight Type; click Move Down to move it to end of list; OK.

    View tab, Options, View tab, Apply to Folders, OK.
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  3. Posts : 61,510
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       #22

    Arzi said:
    When I take the following steps to rearrange my columns so "Type" is moved down and click Apply to Folders, the change does not go through all folders. I have to go through each folder and rearrange columns one by one. Is there a better way or am I doing something wrong?

    WIN+E; From the View tab, Current view group, Group by list arrow, click Choose columns; from Choose Details dialog, highlight Type; click Move Down to move it to end of list; OK.

    View tab, Options, View tab, Apply to Folders, OK.

    Hello Arzi,

    To apply to all folders instead of just all folders using the same template, you would want to use the tutorial below.

    Set Default Folder View for all Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 4
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       #23

    Hi and thank you. But no luck. I note in the link you sent, one line says, "The view settings will not be applied to libraries, This PC, and open and save as dialog boxes." I'm not sure what that means, but the address bar shows my OneDrive folder, which holds the majority of my documents, with a path that begins with "This PC." Is this why it doesn't work? Also, there were a lot of options and steps. Can you narrow down which ones apply to me? I basically want to set all of my OneDrive folders to display these columns in this order: Name, Date modified, Size, Type
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  5. Posts : 61,510
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       #24

    "This PC" would be the homepage where your drives are shown on instead.

    Just to verify, did you do step 1 below to set all folders to use the "General Items" template first?

    Afterwards, set a folder to how you want it to look, and use step 2 to "Apply to Folders".

    Set Default Folder View for all Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6. Posts : 4
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       #25

    That did it! I had set Optimize this folder for--Documents. Thank you so much!! For others, here are the steps I took. I found it hard to move through the long pages of instructions on the otherwise very helpful links:

    WIN+E; browse to OneDrive folder [or your desired folder]; right-click folder, Properties; Customize tab, Optimize this folder forGeneral items; check Also apply this template to all subfolders, OK.

    WIN+E; from the View tab, Current view group, Group by list arrow, click Choose columns; from Choose Details dialog, highlight Type; click Move Down to move heading to end of list or arrange as desired; OK.

    View tab, Options, Change folder and search options; View tab, Apply to Folders, OK.
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  7. Posts : 61,510
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       #26

    Great news.
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  8. Posts : 25
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       #27

    Hi Brink.... If you're still following this thread, I have another question for you. In my Documents folder, I have a sub-folder named Records. The Records sub-folder is set up to include several columns that are not default to the Documents folder.

    I need to create sub-folders within the Records sub-folder and I'd like their column settings to be the same as the parent sub-folder (Records).

    How would I apply the Records view settings to all of its sub-folders without changing my default Documents view settings? Does that make sense? Thanks.
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    TobyMeister said:
    Hi Brink.... If you're still following this thread, I have another question for you. In my Documents folder, I have a sub-folder named Records. The Records sub-folder is set up to include several columns that are not default to the Documents folder.

    I need to create sub-folders within the Records sub-folder and I'd like their column settings to be the same as the parent sub-folder (Records).

    How would I apply the Records view settings to all of its sub-folders without changing my default Documents view settings? Does that make sense? Thanks.
    Hello Toby,

    Unfortunately, the option to only apply the folder view to subfolders is not available in Windows 10.

    Instead, we have "Apply to Folders" that applies to current folder view to all folders that use the same template like in the tutorial on the first post.

    You could make all subfolders use the same template, and then use apply to folders.
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  10. Posts : 25
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       #29

    Hey Brink.... Wow. That was fast. Thanks for the quick reply.

    That's what I was afraid of. I'll set the column settings manually for each folder.

    Have a great weekend.
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