How to Prevent File Explorer from Changing Folder Views

By | March 7, 2020
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How to Prevent File Explorer from Changing Folder Views

It’s always frustrating when File Explorer switches your preferred way of viewing folders. For example, if you like to view your “Pictures” folders in “Extra large icon” view or “Large icon view” Windows cannot seem to remember your preferred view from one folder to the next. Here’s how to fix that so your folder views are consistent.

Open a folder where you have the view set the way you want it.

Click on “View’ then “Options” and “Change folder and search options”

See the screenshot below: 

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In the “Folder Options” dialog that opens, click on “View”. Then under “You can apply this view (such as Details or Icons) to all folders of this type” click “Apply to Folders”.  A dialog will appear confirming you want all folders of this type to match this folder’s settings… click “Yes”.

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And that’s all there is to it. Keep in mind after a Windows 10 Upgrade you may have to do this all over again.

5 thoughts on “How to Prevent File Explorer from Changing Folder Views

  1. Margaret Crozier

    Thank you! Of course, I won’t remember this after a Windows update but for now…

  2. Wanda Johnson

    Thank you. I have a friend that said her windows folder view was changed after this last Microsoft update and didn’t know how to change it back. I am sending her this link. Also, I saved this link in my Internet Explorer bookmark bar, for later use if needed.

  3. Jerry Diener

    Thanks. Your suggestion worked as opposed to at least five others I tried from other websites.


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