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How to Change 'When typing into list view' Action in Windows 10 File Explorer

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In Windows, you can change the default action when typing into list view in File Explorer to either Automatically type into the Search Box or Select the typed Item in the view.

Automatically type into the Search Box - When you type in File Explorer, it will automatically be typed into the Search Box to give search results from within the currently open folder or drive.

Select the typed Item in the view - This is the default setting. When you type in File Explorer, it will automatically jump to and select the first file name that begins with what you typed in the currently open folder or drive.

This tutorial will you show to change the default action when typing into list view in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Change Default Action of "When typing into list view" in File Explorer using Folder Options
  • Option Two: Change Default Action of "When typing into list view" in File Explorer using a REG file


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Change 'When typing into list view' Action in Windows 10 File Explorer OPTION ONE Change 'When typing into list view' Action in Windows 10 File Explorer
Change Default Action of "When typing into list view" in File Explorer using Folder Options

1. Open Folder Options.

2. Click/tap on the View tab, select (dot) Automatically Type into the Search Box or Select the Typed Item in the View (default) for what you want under When typing into list view in "Advanced settings", and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Change 'When typing into list view' Action in Windows 10 File Explorer OPTION TWO Change 'When typing into list view' Action in Windows 10 File Explorer
Change Default Action of "When typing into list view" in File Explorer 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

TypeAhead DWORD

0 = Select the typed Item in the view
1 = Automatically type into the Search Box


1. Do step 2 (Search Box) or step 3 (select) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Select "Automatically type into the Search Box" "When typing into list view"

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

When_typing_into_list_view_Automatically_type_into_Search_Box.reg

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 3. To Select "Select the typed Item in the view" "When typing into list view"

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.

When_typing_into_list_view_Select_typed_item_in_view.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