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How always display Explorer files in the 'Details' -view?

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    How always display Explorer files in the 'Details' -view?


    I find it annoying when I use windows Explorer to browse my files and see folders where my files are not displayed in 'Details'-view.
    (Other views are: Icons, Tiles, Content etc...)

    How do I set up Windows 8 so that it always displays all foders in the 'Details' -view

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello whitek,

    You could use the method in the tutorial below to set a folder view for all folders. You would use General Items in step 1 for "Details".

    Folder View - Set a Default for all Folders in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Since the tutorial doesn't address the libraries, here's an alternative and easy way. Create a library, add the folders, set the view. As long as you access the files thru the library, you'll get what you want.
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    Windows 8


    By chance I right-clicked on 'My Documents' and in the 'Customize'-tab I chose Optimize this folder for: 'Documents' and checked 'Also apply this template to all subfolders'.

    This seems to have done the trick also. All is now in detail-view except image-folders but that works well for me.

    However I've only tested this method a couple of minutes so its good to have your methods as back up in case things go south.

    Thanks guys! :-D
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    Like I said, both methods work, but neither one is a silver bullet You customized the folder and it worked? Great. But if you open it via a library, it may have a different view (the one set for the library).

    To see what I'm talking about, open the Documents library and set the view as List. Now press Win+R -> %userprofile%\documents. The same folder opens in Details view.

    The bottom line: if you access a folder both ways, you have to configure its view in both places
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    Since the tutorial doesn't address the libraries, here's an alternative and easy way. Create a library, add the folders, set the view. As long as you access the files thru the library, you'll get what you want.
    Why create a new library?


    All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so all whitek has to do is change the folder view to "Details" in each current library.
    He can then use what I posted previously below to change all folders (not libraries) to have "details" view as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Why create a new library?


    All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so all whitek has to do is change the folder view to "Details" in each current library.
    Why not create a new library? In the first post, whitek didn't mention that he needed the Details view for Documents or any other specific file category. It could be anything, so you can do anything with a new library
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so all whitek has to do is change the folder view to "Details" in each current library.
    Yes, but you didn't mention libraries in your first post, and now you're basically repeating what I have said My post was supposed to supplement yours, not to argue with it...

    Anyway, I think the problem is solved
    Last edited by Vadikan; 02 May 2013 at 14:16. Reason: clarified
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Why create a new library?


    All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so all whitek has to do is change the folder view to "Details" in each current library.
    Why not create a new library? In the first post, whitek didn't mention that he needed the Details view for Documents or any other type. It could be anything, so you can do anything with a new library
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so all whitek has to do is change the folder view to "Details" in each current library.
    Yes, but you didn't mention libraries in your first post, and now you're basically repeating what I have said My post was supposed to supplement yours, not to argue with it...


    Vadikan,

    I'm not arguing with you either.

    I'm just pointing out that there's no need to create a new library for something that can just as easily be done in his existing libraries. It's just not needed, or helps with the main situation since whitek is wanting to do this for all folders and libraries.

    What I posted about libraries is mentioned in the tutorial I linked to in my first post above.
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    Sure, it can be done with the existing libraries. But what if he wants to keep the default view for the existing libraries? A new library takes care of it. He asked a generic question, I've provided a generic solution, there's nothing more to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    What I posted about libraries is mentioned in the tutorial I linked to in my first post above.
    What I see there is
    This will not affect the folder view settings in libraries.
    It doesn't explain how to set the view for the libraries. While this part is obvious, I bet people came to these forums confused about two different views for the same folder
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    I agree to disagree that creating a new library is not what whitek was asking for.

    I've updated the tutorial to this below to help make the point about libraries more clear in it.

    Folder View - Set a Default for all Folders in Windows 8

    This will not affect the folder view settings in libraries. All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so you can easily manually set a default folder view per library.
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