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turn off auto folder type detection?

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    turn off auto folder type detection?


    Hi,
    I have problem with wrong folder type detection.
    1. I have WAV files that is not the same as music files, 2. I have many file type in one folder. So Its very annoying that every time I want sort my files by type I need to change folder type as general items. Is it somehow possible to turn off auto folder type detection?

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    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    For Windows 7 at least (apply and reboot, or at least log off):

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    "FolderType"="NotSpecified"

    This is always one of the first things I do right after installing Windows.
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    Could you be more specific? I found this reg entry, but not sure what do you mean with this "FolderType"="NotSpecified" ?
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    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    You need to save the following to a .reg file and double-click it to merge it into the registry:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    "FolderType"="NotSpecified"

    If you're still not sure about it, just google /FolderType NotSpecified/ and I'm sure you'll find some detailed instructions.
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Zuu,

    To help do what crawfish posted, you could use one of the steps 2 to 6 for what folder template you want to also disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery. It works in Windows 8 as well.

    Folder Template - Default - Windows 7 Forums
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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turn off auto folder type detection?
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