How To: Change Default View for Folders in Windows 8 and 8.1

If you find yourself constantly changing the way files are displayed in Windows Explorer every time you open a new folder, you may want to consider changing the defaults to match your preferences. Windows does not make this option obvious, and I will show you how to change the default view for all folders quickly and easily.

Changing the Default View Setting

1. Open a folder that contains some files

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2. With the folder open, select the View tab, and then choose the view that you would like to apply to all folders.

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3. After setting your view, click the Options button under the View tab

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4. In the Folder Options window, click View and then Apply to Folders

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5. In the confirmation window, click Yes
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The selected view should now be used on all folders throughout Windows.

Restoring Windows Default View Settings

1. Open a folder that contains some files

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2. With the folder open, select the View tab, and then choose the view that you would like to apply to all folders.

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3. After setting your view, click the Options button under the View tab

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4. In the Folder Options window, click View and then Reset Folders

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5. In the confirmation window, click Yes

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All Windows folders will be restored to the default view.

 

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