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Windows 7: How to change the number of pixels per column for optical drive "view

09 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How to change the number of pixels per column for optical drive "view

I've read here that Windows does not remember folder view settings for removable media once the media has been removed. I see that it does remember to make the file name column 80 pixels wide. Much of the time this is not enough to see the complete file names. I'm guessing this is set somewhere in the registry but have no idea where to find it. I'm reloading an external hard drive from backup dvd's and knowing how to do this could save me just a little bit of time. Thanks for any help, bob.

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12 Jan 2014   #2

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See the modification here (applies to Seven as well):

TweakGuides.com - Vista Annoyances Resolved

Quote:
1. Constantly Changing Folder Views



A source of frustration for most any Vista user is the ever-changing view type for various folders in Windows Explorer. For example you may set your \Users\[username]\Downloads directory to display in Details view, however if you copy a picture, song or video into the directory, the next time you view its contents they may be displaying in Large Icons view. Even if you go back and change the view type, it may reset itself once again the next time you place a different file type in that directory.


It's a genuine issue, and one which doesn't have any logical explanation - fortunately it can be permanently resolved.



Solution


Open the Registry Editor - see the Windows Registry chapter of the TGTC if you don't know how to access, edit or navigate the Registry. Go to the following keys:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]


Right-click on the Bags key in the left pane and select Delete, then do the same thing for BagMRU. This will remove most existing customizations for things like window sizes, positions and views. While still in the same place in the Registry Editor, you will need to manually recreate one of these keys with a new setting. Right-click on the following key in the left pane:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]


Create a new key called Bags to replace the one you just deleted. Right-click on Bags, select New>Key and name this new key AllFolders. Right-click on AllFolders, select New>Key and name this new key Shell. The end result should look like this:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]


Now left-click on the last Shell key and in the right pane right-click in an empty area and select New>String Value. Name this new string FolderType and once created, double-click on it and in the Value Data box you can set the default view which all folders will initially take (unless otherwise specified) by entering one of the following values:


NotSpecified
Contacts
Documents
Music
Pictures


For example if you enter Documents in the FolderType Value Data box (which I recommend), then all folders for which you do not manually set a view will default to the standard Documents folder view as you set it.


Now in Windows Explorer go to your \Users\[username]\ directory and for each of the main folder types under there (Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos), make sure that you set the view you wish, including things like choosing which columns to show and how wide they each are, the size of any icons/thumbnails, the way in which they are sorted, etc. As you make the changes, for each folder click the Organize button at the top of Windows Explorer, select 'Folder and Search Options', go to the View tab and click the 'Apply to Folders' button. This will set this view for all folders of that same type, and this method also means that should you copy files of any other type into a folder, it will not alter that folder's view settings - from now on the settings should remain exactly as you leave them.


Update: There is one more step which can help ensure these settings remain fixed. Go to the following key:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]


Left-click on the Shell key and in the right pane, if you can see BagMRU Size then there is no need to undertake this step. If it isn't there however, right-click and select New>DWORD 32-bit Value and name it BagMRU Size. Now set this value to 10000 in Decimal view (or 2710 in Hexadecimal view).


I've used this solution for quite a while now without Vista once resetting or changing my folder views, so I can guarantee that it works if applied correctly. If you still find your folder views changing or resetting, or wish to conduct other forms of customization, see the Windows Explorer chapter of the TGTC for more details.
It will apply to all folder views, note warnings about backing up registry or better yet, have a System image before attempting.

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A Guy
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12 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks much for the reply, A Guy. I didn't see it till I was kind of worn out for the day. Was hoping for something easy like change the 80 to something else. I'm going to give this a shot when I'm not so tired and get back asap. Just a quick thanks here for taking time out to help.
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12 Jan 2014   #4

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Well, changing the width is doable. Changing it in the registry so it applies to all folders, even removable storage when reattached, is harder

Windows Explorer Columns - Change Width

A Guy
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12 Jan 2014   #5

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Found this, it's not a fix so much as a workaround, and assumes you want all folders to display the same. You'd have to test it on removable storage folders.

Quote:
Find the folder with the largest file name.

In the column 'Name', right click and select "size column to fit"

If you then right click on the same column again and select 'More...' you will see that it shows the 'Width of column selected (in pixels)' and a number

If you then select 'Organize' + 'Folder & Search Options' + 'View' + 'Apply to all Folders' from the page you have just sized to fit column then it seems to work on all folders. It also seems to continue to work if you exit Windows Explorer and go into it again.
Source

Also, if you press Ctrl and the + keys it will resize the name column to fit the longest name.

A Guy
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13 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

OK. I've read through this several times and there are a few things that are unclear. If it's alright, I'd like to take them one at a time to make sure I don't go mucking around not sure of what I'm doing.

First thing is this: "Right-click on the Bags key in the left pane and select Delete, then do the same thing for BagMRU. This will remove most existing customizations for things like window sizes, positions and views."
Does that mean that all of the templates I've set up will be reset?
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14 Jan 2014   #7

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I'm unsure of templates? They are saying if you made folder view changes, then those will be reset. If that is what you mean, then yes, expect to lose your settings. Do you make System images? Complete images of your OS that can be restored if anything goes wrong? It is great insurance

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Imaging with free Macrium

I personally use Acronis True Image to an internal backup hard drive. If you have system images, you can always restore to one if anything goes wrong. I have never restored a registry only backup, but Brink knows his stuff

Registry - Backup and Restore

A Guy
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15 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yes, Guy, I do make system images with Macrium. This is because I've found Windows 7 System Restore to be unreliable and I've never been able to restore the registry from a backup that I've made. Always some unspecified error.

Anyway, the writer of the article you quoted says, "Now in Windows Explorer go to your \Users\[username]\ directory and for each of the main folder types under there (Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos)"
I guess he's talking about My Documents, My Pictures etc.
I don't store anything in those folders and I don't think they're really folder types.
This is why I asked about the templates. Those folder types being:
General Items
Documents
Pictures
Music
Videos

I guess I'll try this as he says since I want All my folders to have the same view. That is, Details -File Name, Size and Date in that order. And I'll try setting the File Name field so that most file names will fit.Will report back.
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15 Jan 2014   #9

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I believe he means the content of the folders. Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos. People will often have different views for each content type. Good luck, with a new Macrium image made before, worse comes to worse, you can just restore

A Guy
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18 Jan 2014   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I've finally gotten around to trying this and it seems to work for everything except the optical drive.
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