XP: Change the Default Folder View/Make all Folder Views the Same

   Posted by David Kirk in Windows

Do you prefer all your folders to have certain appearance, but you do not want to change them one by one? The following Tech-Recipes tutorial explains the quickest and simplest way to make all your folder views the same.


Use the steps below to change and set your default folder view to apply to all folders:

    1. Open a folder.
    2. Click the View menu.
    3. Select the type of view you want (large, small, details, list, etc.).
    4. Click the View menu again.
    5. Select Arrange Icons.
    6. Select the type of arrangement and if you want Auto Arrange.
    7. Look at your folder view. This will be the folder view that you are going to set as your default folder view if you continue. If you are not satisfied with your choices, continue to adjust the methods of viewing and arranging. Then continue.
    7. Click the Tools menu.
    8. Click Folder Options.
    9. Click View tab.
    10. Click Apply to All Folders.
 

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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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60 Responses to “XP: Change the Default Folder View/Make all Folder Views the Same”

  1. October 01, 2008 at 3:59 pm, Matthew said:

    Thank you, worked a treat :)

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    • July 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm, Armando Dacal said:

      > Yes, this worked! I was tired of changing the views of my folders. This was very helpful.

      Reply

  2. January 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm, gretchen said:

    Thanks!!!

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  3. April 10, 2009 at 4:20 pm, ECampbell said:

    This has been driving me nuts! Thanks!

    Reply

  4. April 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm, shelly said:

    I just earned big points with my boss. This has been driving us both nutz for quite a while! Thanks!

    Reply

  5. June 16, 2009 at 6:08 am, Naz said:

    Thats great! thanks for that!

    Reply

  6. June 19, 2009 at 4:19 am, Eric Holroyd said:

    I like to view folders as a List, and every time I set it up that way it reverts to Icon view when I reboot.

    Does anyone know of a PERMANENT fix for this please?

    Reply

  7. June 23, 2009 at 11:38 am, Thomas said:

    Thanks davak! This was awesome! Thanks for sharing mate :)

    Reply

  8. June 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm, hunter said:

    Thank you so much, it works

    Reply

  9. July 05, 2009 at 1:39 am, Jaimin said:

    Thanx for help

    Reply

  10. August 03, 2009 at 7:15 am, Anonymous said:

    Great!! That’s working!! Thanks a lot guys!!!

    Reply

  11. August 06, 2009 at 5:25 pm, Anonymous said:

    It doesn’t work with the powerpoint 2003 view. It stays at PREVIEW view.

    Reply

  12. August 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm, Matt said:

    This is perfect. Couldn’t believe how easy it was to setup. Can’t believe I was changing folders one by one each time I opened them. Cheers!

    Reply

  13. September 03, 2009 at 2:25 am, Name said:

    Thank u so much! This has been driving me crazy for a long time. Can’t believe how long it took me to fix considering it was so easy. Thanks again.

    Reply

  14. November 02, 2009 at 5:29 pm, Anonymous said:

    How is it that sometimes its the little things we have to look up online? Great help!! Looks like no more right clicking for me!!

    Thanks

    James

    Reply

  15. November 25, 2009 at 9:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    Great tip, been lazy to do a search for this but I wanted this for so long.
    Saves me ton of time on doing this minuscule thing every time.

    Reply

  16. December 03, 2009 at 5:05 am, Moonlighter said:

    Thanx! I needed that! ;o)

    Reply

  17. December 30, 2009 at 3:06 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks to whoever put this here. Having to change every folder to show details was getting on my nerves something fierce

    Reply

  18. March 05, 2010 at 7:49 am, Name said:

    But what if you don’t want “ALL” folders to look the same – what if you only want, say “My Music” to include “Artist”, “Title”, “Track” and “Duration”, while “My Pictures” has “Dimensions” and “Date Picture Taken”?

    Reply

  19. March 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm, adsl viettel said:

    Thanks for your tutorial, now i can change the Default Folder View :)

    Reply

  20. March 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm, Joe said:

    I’ve been wanting to change my default view for the longest and it finally dawned on me to just Google it. Problem solved! Thank you!!

    Reply

  21. May 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm, Brenda said:

    I prefer the DETAIL list when viewing folders. How can I make the font larger without losing the DETAIL list?

    Reply

  22. June 15, 2010 at 11:49 am, M Davies said:

    I’ve been working with Windows for more years than I can remember – and I never knew this trick! Many thanks :)

    Reply

  23. June 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm, Shea said:

    anyway to keep the view the same when searching for documents to attach in folders?

    Reply

  24. June 30, 2010 at 11:53 am, Shakti said:

    Hi Davak,

    REALLY helpful article.

    ~Shakti

    Reply

  25. August 31, 2010 at 7:57 am, vhexp said:

    Thanks alot Davak

    Reply

  26. September 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm, Leah said:

    very helpful, thanks.
    ~Leah

    Reply

  27. September 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm, Peki said:

    It`s very small things, but I spent one hour looking for it! Thanks!

    Reply

  28. October 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm, Abraca said:

    On my XP SP3 it does not work
    Always set the order of view to the last modification, and does not affect if i set order to Name and click on Apply to All Folders

    Reply

  29. December 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm, MSWindows For free said:

    wow i am already using win 7 , but now i know that my xp sp2 can do that, it’s been so long ago think it impossible, but now it work’s, so i told my boss and he likes it, to viw details al of his backed up folder view changed un usual,
    now it can, be all detailed view.
    Thank’s,

    Reply

  30. January 04, 2011 at 5:57 pm, Dineshonfun said:

    Thank you guys….
    -Dinesh aka networK!NG

    Reply

  31. January 28, 2011 at 1:28 am, Me said:

    This had been driving me nuts. Finally go annoyed and had time (made time) to research. Great job – thanks. Kate

    Reply

  32. February 02, 2011 at 10:02 am, Guezzt said:

    Thanx, bro!

    Reply

  33. February 03, 2011 at 1:02 pm, D3 said:

    Great stuff! Can this be done as a batch file? If so, how!?!

    Reply

  34. February 09, 2011 at 8:57 pm, Yorjio said:

    Amazingly Worked Thanks!

    Reply

  35. February 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm, Guest said:

    Works! Thanks!

    Reply

  36. April 08, 2011 at 10:29 pm, Bawareh said:

    It works great UNTIL I reboot, then reverts back to ICON view!

    Is there a way to make it permanent, perhaps in the Registry???

    Reply

  37. April 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm, Ilja Tirins said:

    AAA awesome!!!!!

    Reply

  38. December 19, 2011 at 1:48 am, necip said:

    thanks.. :)

    Reply

  39. December 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm, Teresa said:

    Thank you!

    Reply

  40. December 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm, Teresa said:

    Thanks! It was very helpful.

    Reply

  41. February 07, 2012 at 9:27 am, Christian said:

    Thank you in 2012!! :)

    Reply

  42. February 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm, Hard On said:

    Woot! XP all the way

    Reply

  43. March 21, 2012 at 4:08 am, Peter said:

    Excellent, thanks

    Reply

  44. April 01, 2012 at 11:42 pm, sameer said:

    Thanks buddy!!!!! it works.

    Reply

  45. April 04, 2012 at 5:53 pm, Amanda Pingel Ramsay said:

    Bless you; I’ve been changing them all by hand and OMG this is so much better.

    Reply

  46. May 29, 2012 at 9:53 am, MATROOK said:

    THANKS MAN GREAT JOB

    Reply

  47. June 05, 2012 at 3:21 pm, Eric Y. said:

    Thank you SO much for this. My work computer is still on XP, and this has been such a pain in the butt…until now. Thank you again.

    E

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    • June 05, 2012 at 4:14 pm, David Kirk said:

      No problem. Glad that we could be of help.

      Reply

  48. June 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm, rajjni said:

    this is working very well for me
    I am very much thank ful to you

    I love this option very well

    Reply

  49. June 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm, T said:

    I’ve been trying to change my default view for auto arrange for a long time. your tip helped me a lot… also you saved my time otherwise i have to change it for each foldres… love you… T

    Reply

  50. August 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm, HAM said:

    Thanks, this will be incredibly helpful, wish I had looked it up earlier

    Reply

  51. September 22, 2012 at 9:52 am, VIRENDRA said:

    thanks a lot :D

    Reply

  52. December 06, 2012 at 4:42 pm, Jimbo said:

    Thanks!!

    Reply

  53. April 01, 2013 at 11:05 am, Joseph said:

    Great solution !

    Reply

  54. April 06, 2013 at 8:39 am, Marco said:

    Thanks a lot, this was what i needed

    Reply

  55. May 07, 2013 at 11:32 am, Mary said:

    Thank you for teaching me how to do this. (“Give a man a fish…..”)

    Reply

  56. May 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm, Stan Jolie said:

    fantastic advice. Thank you this makes things a lot easier.

    Reply

  57. July 19, 2013 at 8:43 am, CH said:

    Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

    Reply

  58. August 06, 2013 at 12:50 pm, jason said:

    Thanks!!!!

    Reply

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