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    Change Folder Template in Windows 10

    How to Change the Template of a Drive, Folder, or Library in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    20 Feb 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Change the Template of a Drive, Folder, or Library in Windows 10

    Windows 10 includes five built-in templates that you can select to optimize the view of your drives, folders, and libraries for General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos.

    When you use a template, you will still be able to further customize the view to how you like.

    This tutorial will show you how to optimize a drive, folder, or library template for General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents




    EXAMPLE: Templates in Details view
    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-general_items_folder_template.png
    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-documents_folder_template.png
    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-pictures_folder_template.png
    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-music_folder_template.png
    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-videos_folder_template.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Change Template of a Drive or Folder


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E), and do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open the properties page of the drive or folder.

    2 Right click or press and hold on a drive (except Windows drive) or folder that you want to change the template for, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-properties.png

    3 Open a drive (except Windows drive) or folder that you want to change the template for, right click or press and hold on an empty area of it's main window, click/tap on Customize this folder, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-customize_this_folder.png

    4 Click/tap on the Customize tab, select a template in the Optimize this folder for drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

    You can also check the Also apply this template to all subfolders box if you wanted to quickly apply the selected template to all subfolders as well.


    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-windows_10_folder_template-1.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Change Template of a Library


    All added folders in a library share the same view settings, so when you change the template of a library, it is applied to all the folders in the library.


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E), and do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to change the template of a library.


     2. To Change Library Template in Ribbon

    A) Select or open a library (ex: Pictures) that you want to change the template for, click/tap on the Library Tools Manage tab, and select a template in the Optimize library for drop down menu on the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-library_tools_manage.png


     3. To Change Library Template in Library Properties

    A) Right click or press and hold on a library (ex: Pictures) that you want to change the template for, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-library_properties.png

    B) Select a template in the Optimize this library for drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10-library_properties-2.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Change Template of All Folders using a BAT file


    Setting a folder template for all folders will also disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery. You will still always be able to manually change the template and view of any folder to what you like though.

    Automatic Folder Type Discovery is when Windows will automatically change the template of a folder to match the file type of the last file added or saved in the folder. For example, if your folder contains music files and you add a picture file, then Windows may change the folder template and view to the "Picture" template to match the new picture file.


    1 Do step 2 (default), step 3 (General items), step 4 (Documents), step 5 (Pictures), step 6 (Music), or step 7 (Videos) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Restore Default Templates for All Folders

    This is the default setting.

    This will reset the template and views of all folders back to default, and enable Automatic Folder Type Discovery.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Reset_Folder_View_Settings_of_All_Folders_to_Default.bat

    Download


     3. To Set General items Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template.bat

    Download


     4. To Set Documents Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Documents_Folder_Template.bat

    Download


     5. Set Pictures Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Pictures_Folder_Template.bat

    Download


     6. Set Music Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Music_Folder_Template.bat

    Download


     7. Set Videos Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Videos_Folder_Template.bat

    Download


    8 Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run the .bat file.

    9 Unblock the .bat file, and run the .bat file.

    10 You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    11 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Michael's Avatar
    Posts : 65
    Windows 11
       #1

    No more bat files to set the default for all folders? Does this not work in 10?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #2

    Hello Michael, :)

    Yes, it will still work in Windows 10 as well.

    I had originally planned for this to be a per folder, but I'll get it added as an option to this tutorial today.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #3

    @Michael,

    Tutorial has been updated to add that as OPTION THREE now. :)
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  4. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Thanks Shawn. It was irritating that Downloads folder and few other folders were taking so much time to open even though I have a decent config laptop. Option 3 worked like a charm.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #5

    You're most welcome vignesh. I'm glad it could help. :)
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  6. Posts : 13
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       #6

    Excluding the bat files, since I don't want to do all my folders, any idea how to do this when browsing an Android device via USB??
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    Hello sflesch, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I don't think you can set a folder view on an Android device with this, or at least they won't be saved since it's a removable device.
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  8. Posts : 13
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       #8

    Brink said:
    Hello sflesch, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I don't think you can set a folder view on an Android device with this, or at least they won't be saved since it's a removable device.
    Thanks. It's the DCIM camera folder and comes up like a music folder (the details columns are music related). At least it did on my phone and then I changed the items showing under detail view, plugged in my wife's, which came up the same. I plugged mine back in and it stayed. Weird. Will check hers later.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       #9

    It'll be interesting to hear your results.
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