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Folder Template - Set Default for All Folders in Windows 8

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    Folder Template - Set Default for All Folders in Windows 8

    Folder Template - Set Default for All Folders in Windows 8
    How to Set a Default Folder Template for All Folders in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    12 Sep 2012
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    How to Set a Default Folder Template for All Folders in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to set all folders to use the same default folder template that you select in only your user account in Windows 8.

    This will also allow you to enable or disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery.

    Note   Note
    Automatic Folder Type Discovery is when Windows will automatically change the folder 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.

    By setting a specific template (steps 2 to 6) to be the default for all folders, you will disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery.

    By restoring the default templates (step 1) of all folders, you will enable Automatic Folder Type Discovery.

    warning   Warning
    This (steps 2 to 6) will not change the folder template of library folders.


    EXAMPLE: "General Items", "Documents", "Pictures", "Music", and "Videos" Folder Templates
    NOTE:
    These screenshots are using the default view for each folder template. What you see will also depend on what you have Group by, Sort by, Arrange by views and icon size or view set as.

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    Here's How:

    1. To Restore Default Folder Templates for All Folders
    NOTE: This will also reset all folder views back to default as well.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Restore_Default_Folder_Templates.bat


    download

    2. To Set General Items Folder Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template.bat


    download

    3. To Set Documents Folder Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Documents_Folder_Template.bat


    download

    4. To Set Pictures Folder Template as Default for All Folders
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Pictures_Folder_Template.bat


    download

    5. To Set Music Folder Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Music_Folder_Template.bat


    download

    6. To Set Videos Folder Template as Default for All Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Videos_Folder_Template.bat

    download

    7. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run it.

    8. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    9. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    10. You can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Lovely and simple fix. I do wonder why some of these Win 8 'ideas' were made up by making it more awkward and involving more button pressing. I'm still saving up for a '7' Disk.

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    Windows 8.1


    How do I get this to apply to ALL folders, including library, and removal media folders?

    Or: how to delete or disable all templates except general
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Solar, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Folders and Libraries are two separate items.

    All folders added to a library will share the same folder template in that library no matter what folder you set the folder view in.

    To have separate folder views per folder, you will need to open the folder from it's actual location instead of from the library.

    For example: "C:\Users\UserName\Documents" VS Document library.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Those are all preset as you have noted, but I would like to customize the order for all folders and set different columns widths for different types/groups of folders. Is customizing the columns order possible and is setting column widths for selected folders possible. I have over 300 thousand photos all had a specific folder setting that was created daily as I collected. I immediately hated Windows 8.1 when I found that it was reformatting them to "Photo View". I have seen your how to tutorial to turn of the auto formatter. I plan to use it but I would like to recreate my custom columns arrangements. I am assuming that I would turn off the auto and then do the customizing.
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    Posts : 19,631
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Steven,

    If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below set how you want a specific folder template to look, then apply it to all folders that use the same folder template.

    Folder View - "Apply to Folders" in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks Shawn,

    I guess I was not paying attention when I reviewed the list above. Sort of embarrassing...
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    Posts : 19,631
    64-bit Windows 10


    No worries mate. Nothing to be embarrassed about. See my signature about asking questions.
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    Shawn, Thank You very Much!!! It worked great. You saved me a lot of frustration and time!
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    Posts : 19,631
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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