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How to Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 10

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When you copy or move a folder to a destination that already contains a folder with the same name, you can get a folder merge conflict for a Confirm Folder Replace dialog to confirm merging it with the folder at the destination.

Folder merge conflicts are hidden by default in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide folder merge conflicts to Confirm Folder Replace for your account in Windows 10.

Note   Note
Setting to show or hide folder merge conflicts will not affect file merge conflicts like below.
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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts using Folder Options
  • Option Two: To Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts using a REG file


EXAMPLE: "Confirm Folder Replace" dialog from folder merge conflict
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Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 10
To Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts using Folder Options

1. Open Folder Options.

2. Click/tap on the View tab, check (default) or uncheck Hide folder merge conflicts in "Advanced settings" for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 10
To Show or Hide Folder Merge Conflicts using a REG file

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The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

HideMergeConflicts DWORD

0 = Show
1 = Hide


1. Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Show Folder Merge Conflicts

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Show_folder_merge_conflicts.reg

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 3. To Hide Folder Merge Conflicts

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Hide_folder_merge_conflicts.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn