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Folder Options All greyed out

  1. #1


    CANADA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Folder Options All greyed out


    I have tried all the steps in Blink's tutorial on this in another thread but to no avail. No matter what folder I open Folder Options is greyed out. Even going through Control Panel/Folder Options/View "Apply to Folders" is greyed out. Any suggestions. Using Windows 8.1
    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tottieon, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The "Apply to Folders" option will only not be grayed out of you open Folder Options from within the currently open folder like below, and not open Folder Options from any other location.

    Folder View - "Apply to Folders" in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    CANADA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Hi Brink
    Thanks for the prompt reply. As I mentioned, I had tried all your solutions in the answer you just sent from the old thread.
    For instance, I opened c:/users/bill/pictures, made some changes but options greyed out. Tried another step by going through the control panel/folder options/view. Apply to Folders greyed out. No matter what folder I open it is greyed out. As per your info I am not trying to do it in Library or Computer. Stumped.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you are in a library, then that would be one reason why it's grayed out.

    You'll need to directly open the folder (ex: "c:/users/bill/pictures"), then click on the Options button in the ribbon of the same "pictures" window like below.

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  5. #5


    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by tottieon View Post
    Hi Brink
    Thanks for the prompt reply. As I mentioned, I had tried all your solutions in the answer you just sent from the old thread.
    For instance, I opened c:/users/bill/pictures, made some changes but options greyed out. Tried another step by going through the control panel/folder options/view. Apply to Folders greyed out. No matter what folder I open it is greyed out. As per your info I am not trying to do it in Library or Computer. Stumped.
    Try this :

    1. Windows key + R > type regedit
    2. Navigate to the following key > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer
    3. In the right-side pane, check whether a DWORD value named NoFolderOptions exists or not? If it exists, delete it.
    4. Navigate to this key and do the same > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer
    5. Delete the NoFolderOptions DWORD if it exists.
    6. Restart

    If you don't have these particular values, are you using Windows 8.1 Pro? What account type are you using, Administrator or Standard?

    Are you using an AV program? Some free AV programs have been known to disable folder options....AVG in particular
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  6. #6


    Um ... tottieon said I am not trying to do it in Library or Computer.

    Are you clicking on the Options button at the far right of the View tab in the Folder ribbon like Brink shows?
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  7. #7


    CANADA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    OK guys:

    Brink: As I mentioned I am not doing this in Library or Computer. I amin the PICTURES FOLDER as per your example. The OPTIONS button on the far right of the ribbon is greyed out. Same in any other folder that I choose!

    Lastof: I don't have these particular values in the registry. I am using 8.1 standard and I am the administrator.

    Ztruker:
    See my reply above to Brink.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, I mentioned libraries just to make sure since I've had several people think they were in their user folder, but was actually in a library.

    It seems that your Folder Options may be disabled as lastof indicated above.

    As a test, see if doing step 2 in Option One of the tutorial below may allow you to open Folder Options afterwards.

    Folder Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 21 Jul 2014 at 21:13. Reason: typo
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  9. #9


    CANADA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Tried that Brink but didn't work.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, I can only suggest to see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before your Folder Options were grayed out may be able to undo and fix it.
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