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Setting Views for all Folders

Windows Vista does a pretty good job at analyzing the content of a folder to determine how it should display the files. 98% of the time I just want to see the details of the files and I don’t care for thumbnails, tags, ratings etc. If you are like me and want to simplify Windows Explorer’s view, this guide is for you.

This guide is included as part of the Windows Guides Customize Windows Vista Explorer Series. Please visit the main page if you would like to learn why this guide may be useful.

Setting Views for all Folders

To set a default view for all folders, do the following:

1. Open and folder and customize it in a way that you want reflected across all your folders

Setting Views for all Folders 1

2. Within the folder, press the ALT key once and then select View > Folder Options

Setting Views for all Folders 2

3. Click the View tab and click Apply to Folders

Setting Views for all Folders 3

4. When prompted, select Yes and your settings will now be in effect

Please Note: Any previous customization may be retained for specific folders you’ve already worked with – but don’t count on it.

This guide comes from the ‘Windows Vista – Customization Manual’ [Download a copy now]. The customization manual runs over the basics of customizing your Windows Vista machine to make it more personal. This guide is free of charge to all mintywhite.com readers.



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