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Changing Folder Options

When you work with files and folders, Windows displays folder contents in a standard way, known as the default. The default folder view settings are as follows: Tiles view displays files and folders as icons; common task links appear in the left pane; folders open in the same window; and items open when you double-click or double-tap them. Depending on previous installation or users, your folder view settings might differ. Instead of changing the folder view to your preferred view—Icons, List, or Details—each time you open a folder, you can change the view permanently to the one you prefer. In addition to the defaults, you can change options such as folder settings to show or hide file extensions for known file types, show or hide hidden files and folders, show or hide protected operating system files, and show pop-up descriptions of folders and desktop items. You can also set Navigation pane options to show all folders like the Folder list and automatically expand the folder list to the current folder.

Change Folder Options

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Click or tap the Options button on the View tab, and then click or tap Change folder and search options.
  • yellow-3.jpg Click or tap the General tab.
  • yellow-4.jpg Select a Browse folders option to display each folder in the same window or its own window.
  • yellow-5.jpg Select a Click items as follows option to single-click or double-click items.
  • yellow-6.jpg Select the Navigation pane check boxes option to Show all folders or Automatically expand to current folder.
  • yellow-7.jpg Click or tap OK.

Change the Folder View

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Click or tap the Options button on the View, and then click Change folder and search options.
  • yellow-3.jpg Click or tap the View tab.
  • yellow-4.jpg To set the current view to all folders, click or tap Apply to Folders.
  • yellow-5.jpg Select the check boxes for the options you want, and clear the check boxes for the ones you don’t. Some common options include:

    • Always show menus.
    • Hidden files and folders.
    • Hide extensions for known file types.
    • Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
    • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color.
    • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.
  • yellow-6.jpg Click or tap OK.
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