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Change Folder and Search Options

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    Change Folder and Search Options


    So, now if I want to ensure that I am looking at hidden files, or have insight into protected OS files, I can no longer open explorer, click on Organize and click on Folder and Search Options.

    I've found I have to open File Explorer, click on the View tab, find the Options button dropdown, and then choose "Change Folder and Search options".


    This came up because I was trying to add a new taskbar. I right clicked on taskbar, select Toolbars, and choose New Toolbar From here, I get the "old school" explorer view (from Windows 7 without the ribbon), but the option under Organize for "Change Folder and search options" is grayed out. I thought it was just a dialog box limitation of the add toolbar wizard, so i went straight into File Explorer and failed to find the option. I actually had to Google it and figure out where they now moved the option to within the ribbon.

    Remind me again as to why this is faster, better and awesome!!

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I didn't have any problems intuitively finding this dialog when I looked for it. I mean, there are only 3 tabs, and the options button is pretty prominent.

    Sometimes I think people that have gotten it in their mind that they hate something deliberately blind themselves to common sense thinking so they have something to complain about.

    It is interesting, however, that the file dialog is part old and part new.
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    Windows 7 Home Premuim x64 & Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64


    I actually liked the new way much better. To me it's faster and easier to access.
    EDIT: I misread your post. I'm also confused as to why the option is greyed out.
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    I still use the previous windows method. Inevitably, users will find themselves on the legacy desktop. I have, as has always been my customisation method, selected the Control panel as being visible there. So, it is Control Panel - Folder options, for me.
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    I didn't have any problems intuitively finding this dialog when I looked for it. I mean, there are only 3 tabs, and the options button is pretty prominent.

    Sometimes I think people that have gotten it in their mind that they hate something deliberately blind themselves to common sense thinking so they have something to complain about.

    It is interesting, however, that the file dialog is part old and part new.
    It isn't prominent and your categorisation of people as blind and looking for something to complain about makes you sound like an arrogant prick.

    The instruction to apply folder views says click the organisation tab, but its greyed out. Why? That's the point of the question.
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