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

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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #40

    Thanks for the reply Brink

    Had a hunch that was likely to be the case. Back to manual grind as always
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       #41

    BRAC said:
    Thanks for the reply Brink

    Had a hunch that was likely to be the case. Back to manual grind as always
    If it helps, you can back up your folder view settings to make it easy to restore as needed.

    Backup and Restore Folder View Settings in Windows 10
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #42

    Thanks for the link. Will take a look
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    Windows 10 21H1
       #43

    The "Apply to folders" button will be available in "This PC" if you have either of these values set:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    "FolderType"="Generic"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    "FolderType"="NotSpecified"

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    Here's an annoying behavior of "Apply to folders"...

    Start by opening "This PC":
    Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10-1.jpg

    Change the view for "This PC" to anything other than the default view. I chose list and group by none:
    Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10-2.jpg

    Using the same Explorer window, navigate to any generic folder, such as C:\ and then bring up the Folder Options, View dialog and click "Apply to folders" (no need to make any view changes first):
    Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10-3.jpg

    Go back to "This PC" and you should see that it has has reverted back to the default view:
    Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Type in Windows 10-1.jpg

    The registry activity indicates that the view for "This PC" (and "Network") fall under the Generic folder category even though they are presented differently, so anytime you use the "Apply to folders" button on a generic folder, it affects the views for "This PC" and "Network" and the effect is to revert them to their default view. Logically, if I set a generic folder to List view, then "This PC" should also change to List view when I click "Apply to folders", but it doesn't. So, they don't change nicely together and they don't stay separate. Designs like this can make a user a little irritated.

    There is a way to preserve your view settings for "This PC" and "Network" when you use "Apply to folders" and that's to simply open three separate Explorer windows, one with "This PC", one with "Network", and one where you're using the "Apply to folders" button. This works because Explorer will not change the view of an open folder when you click "Apply to folders".
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