Disabling the Navigation pane in File Explorer. FileOwner - the user account which is set as the owner of this file. If you have a question, start by using the search box up at the top of the page - there's a very good chance that your question has already been answered on Ask Leo! Since Windows Explorer can remember the setting for each individual folder, that info must be stored somewhere. I'd like it to show date the photo was shot, using the pictiure metadata. Currently it shows me the document name, file type and date modified.Next
I'll look at some settings I recommend changing if you're a frequent user, and include a bonus tip that can sometimes speed up Windows Explorer's start-up. I've bookmarked your page and subscribed to your newsletter. A Windows 7 version of this article is available here: Windows Explorer defaults to showing files as icons, and even to hiding some files from you. I would like to know how to change the default settings in File Explorer so that my icon view is set for Large Icons. Unfortunately, the next time you invoke Windows Explorer, it does not remember if it ever paid any attention? If I had a choice, I'd remove or disable all the other views. I did this mainly for the split view. No matter what type file, the view should always be details, even for photos.Next
I've seen this problem for decades. The steps have to be tweaked a bit. You can then change the view back to anything you like. You can test your changes by viewing other folders on the C drive to see if they all look the same. To select between these eight views, you need to click the View tab and then choose one of the views. Other folders can be different. After you read it, you can define which properties exactly you would like to see.
Now that 7 as the snap feature getting two panes is easy with Explorer so I am going to give it a try for a while. This is mostly true with Windows 7, but I notice that with certain file types such as mp3s, wavs and jpegs, Microsoft have tried to be clever and choose columns more appropriate. Hi Leo, thank you for your answer. We'll look at how to change the setting to display hidden files and folders in Windows Explorer. The Navigation Pane menu appears. Your choices may differ of course.Next
I will click list, but seems to always revert back to details view. Windows Explorer or File Explorer is the default file browser in Windows operating system. I even tried RegSnap with no luck. Sign up for the TekRevue Weekly Digest using the box below. Want news and tips from TekRevue delivered directly to your inbox? You can set the view to Details View as explained in the article.Next
If you use the second method involving the shortcut hack, then you have to use the shortcut from the taskbar. Besides, what I always wanted was to freeze the view to be sorted a certain way by date, or type, etc. Next time you start Windows Explorer, it should come up with the settings you've selected here. One thing that achieves this but at an unacceptable cost is changing one character in the folder name. But I haven't found a way to get to it either through the command prompt or any other vehicle.Next
Open a single Explorer instance, search for something, switch to View tab and switch to details. Any added or removed columns to a opened folder in Windows Explorer will not be added or removed from. In the dialog that pops up, you should already be on the General tab. That really all there is to it. If you stumble into folders of a different type than the one in which you made these settings, you may need to change the view again, and then come back to Tools, Folder options… and Apply to Folders again to make the change for those folder types. No wonder Google is such a rising star.Next
The problem is it is not a document, and it is not safe to open. Go ahead and delete the File Explorer shortcut and rename the Pictures Shortcut to File Explorer. To think of it as anything else music, video etc is ridiculous. This tip is terrific, your explanation is very clear, and it's going to save me at least 5 precious minutes a day. Get a clue dudes and dudettes! This tweak setting doesn't hold.
If you have a computer question -- or even a computer problem that needs fixing -- so that I can write more articles like this one. This information only talks about viewing the files, not changing the information in the panes. Equally you can drag and drop headers to suit your preference. Notenboom, this was very helpful and it worked a treat. Quick Access is a handy feature, allowing you to better organize your files and folders so as to have quick and easy access to them.Next
The default setting — to hide extensions for known file types — is not secure and should be changed. As its name implies, you can use the Details pane to find more information about each file, such as its size, the date it was created, and the date it was last modified. What's more is that the duration doesn't save - so next time I browse to the folder, the duration again takes an age to load file by file. You have saved me from the headache of continuously having to change the Windows Explorer default to details. Before I upgraded to Windows 10, my folder settings all looked the same using Large Icons. Lastly, you can also get to that pinned folder quickly by simply right-clicking on the File Explorer icon in your taskbar and choosing your pinned folder, which will show up in the jumplist.Next