Default Folder Views in Windows 10

Dear Computer Lady,

Since I upgraded to Windows 10, I cannot figure out how to change my default view of files to “List”.

When I attempt to change it folder by folder (which takes hours!), I often find it has reverted back to the default “Details” view.

Is there a way to change to “List” view universally? Thank you for all you do!!

Best Wishes, Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,

The first step to setting the default view for all your folders is to set up one folder exactly the way you want all your other folders to look.

When you have it set up, click “View” in the ribbon, then click, “Options” (located on the right side of the ribbon). This will open the “Folder Options” dialog box.

In the Folder Options dialog box, click on the “View” tab.

In the “Folder Views” section, click the button that says, “Apply to Folders”.

Click the, “Yes” button in the confirmation dialog box.

Finally, click the “OK” button in the Folder Options dialog box to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Your might have to repeat this process for different types of folders (folders with music or pictures are treated differently) but this is much faster than doing one folder at a time.



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