Set Default Folder View for all Folders in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 61,919
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #10

    It would practically be impossible to manually set this via the registry.

    A workaround would be to set it how you want, and back up your folder view settings to make it easy to restore them as needed.

    Backup and Restore Folder View Settings in Windows 10
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  2. Posts : 7
    Windows 10-64 Pro
       #11

    Pay attention, Microsoft


    Microsoft, we want CONTROL of our O/S environment! That means we want (read NEED) the ability to customize the environment, and have it apply universally if we so choose. So make accessible to us - and permanent if we wish - modification of file system views, including those of open and save dialog boxes.

    For instance, let us GET RID of multiple folder templates, and have just one that by default applies to ALL FOLDER views, including open/save dialog boxes. And let that SURVIVE system updates. Is that SO HARD?

    And this file GROUPing sh*t, I want it GONE! Why CAN'T I???

    I am tired of having to SET AND RESET views on all the fricking folders on this system. I thought that Bill Gates, not STEVE JOBS, had designed Windows. If I wanted to have my system environ CONTROLLED FOR ME, I would have chosen the APPLE path, not the Microsoft.

    Get a CLUE!

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  3. Posts : 61,919
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #12

    Tutorial updated to add option 2 for the WinSetView app by @LesFerch.
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  4. Posts : 7,127
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #13

    Brink said:
    Tutorial updated to add option 2 for the WinSetView app by @LesFerch.
    I can't work out how to use it - any guidance?
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  5. Posts : 61,919
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #14

    Steve C said:
    I can't work out how to use it - any guidance?
    Hello Steve,

    At the top, you would select reset or which view (ex: "Details") you want applied.

    If you selected a view, you would then check/uncheck and select what you want applied per section.

    Was there a specific setting you wanted more info for?

    GitHub - LesFerch/WinSetView: Globally Set Explorer Folder Views
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  6. Posts : 104
    Windows 10
       #15

    I just edited all my main folders for my main folders as well as my libraries. So far so good.
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  7. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 21H1
       #16

    Steve C said:
    I can't work out how to use it - any guidance?
    Hi Steve. Sorry I didn't check back here sooner. I was pretty busy writing WinSetView v2. It has a different interface than v1 shown in the tutorial (necessary to support all the new capabilities) and gives you options to configure the File Explorer default views any way you like. There is an extensive readme document on the GitHub page that explains every option, but I do understand... TLDR. Please give it a try and I'll be happy to answer any questions.

    @ITgreybeard Your post from Dec 2019 (and others like it here and on answers.microsoft.com) is exactly why I created WinSetView. If you read this, please try the script. I think it will do exactly what you're asking for.
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  8. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #17

    Opinion -

    I don't like WinSetView. It's a work in progress and not for newbies.

    Please be sure to create a fully restorable image of your system if you should decide to use it.

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  9. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 21H1
       #18

    Compumind said:
    Opinion -
    I don't like WinSetView. It's a work in progress and not for newbies.
    Please be sure to create a fully restorable image of your system if you should decide to use it.
    Thanks for the comments. All feedback is appreciated, even when it stings a bit.

    It's been a few months since any changes have been made to WinSetView and no further development is planned. I consider it done now. There are no outstanding issues or feature requests. I do plan to someday rewrite the Readme to a simple guided format for newbies and make the existing readme into a secondary reference for advanced users. I've toyed with the idea of having a basic and advanced interface switch, but I'm not sure that's worth the trouble. Version 1 was certainly more newbie friendly, but it just didn't provide all the options that people requested. Providing all the options for all folder types and supporting multiple languages was a challenge (hundreds of hours of work). Newbie friendliness suffered a bit in the process, but I think a better readme will go a long way to remedy that.

    WinSetView only touches registry values in the current user profile (i.e. HKCU) that affect File Explorer folder views for that user. It backs up the current values (and provides a Restore option) with every run. Additionally it provides the option to reset the folder views to Windows defaults (again, this only touches the current user profile). Having a full image backup on hand is not necessary, but hey, it can never hurt.
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  10. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #19

    @LesFerch -

    Please don't let it sting, lol.

    It would be great if you could enhance the code, as mentioned above.
    Make it user friendly and be able to revert any changes in an instant.

    I used it today to reset my file associations and couldn't get them back in W10 - spent a very long time doing that.

    Thanks.

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