Standards can be defined for an individual folder view. You define layouts for different types of directories, i.e. different for images than for documents.
Set folder view correctly in Explorer once and for all
The different display options in Windows Explorer are really practical: The “extra large symbols” make it easy to see the content of photos, PDF files and other file types. If you reduce the size to the “list”, on the other hand, more and more files appear at the same time.
The “Details” in turn show more details about each file, and the folder contents can also be sorted by file type, date, size and more using the column headers. This makes the search and selection of certain files much easier. There are also the “preview window”, the “detail area” and much more. As practical as the selection is, it can also be annoying.
Windows sometimes “does what it wants”, especially with newly created directories. Then all that remains is to adjust the folder view individually again. You can avoid this by defining standards for the view. You can define individual layouts for different types of directories, i.e. different layouts for images than for documents.
The view of folders and files in Windows Explorer can be set in a variety of ways and saved across systems for different content.
That’s how it’s done:
First start Windows Explorer, select a folder and use the “View” tab to set the display as desired. Then click in the still open view selection on the far right on “Options”. Then switch to the “View” tab in the next window.
At this point you can use the list to make further settings; showing or hiding the file extensions is just an example. If everything corresponds to your preferences here, too, click on the “Apply to folder” button and confirm the query with “Yes”. You have now standardized the view for all folders of this type across the system.
But what does the term “this type” mean? Microsoft distinguishes between five types at this point: general elements, documents, pictures, music and videos. You specify the type of folder by right-clicking the directory in the Explorer and calling up “Properties” in the context menu. Go to the “Customize” tab on the right and make your selection under “Optimize this folder for”.
Microsoft does not make it easy for Windows users because the type and view of a folder in Windows have to be set separately.
If necessary, activate the “Apply template for all subfolders” field and then click “OK” to complete. Important: With the exception of the automatically assigned Windows libraries, the type of folder does not necessarily have anything to do with the actual content. A directory that only contains images can also be manually assigned to a different type.
In summary, you can define the view in Windows Explorer individually for each of these five folder types across systems. So that the directory of your choice really appears as you want, you have to correct its type in individual cases.
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