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Windows 7: Columns in Windows Explorer

11 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
Columns in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to make the columns I choose to view stay put in Windows 7 Windows Explorer? I've tried turning the library view off. I still get a narrow view in the right pane showing the libraries and a huge preview pane. I want to expand the first column to show my selections, e.g. file type, date, etc., then stay put. I drag the little line out each time expanding my file view/details pane, but each time it pops back to the narrow library view. Thanks in advance.

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12 Nov 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello Sophor,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to do. Could you post a snip or two to show me what it is you mean. Info here on posting snips and how to use snipping tool if needed. A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots

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12 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7


Thanks for responding to my post. When I open Windows Explorer I see what's shown in capture 1. I want it to stay like capture 2 with the details pane expanded. How can I make that my default view when opening Windows Explorer?

Also, and maybe I should make a new topic for this, but I've noticed that folders I create on my desktop with shortcuts open to Windows Explorer, as opposed to a window on my desktop simply showing the shortcut icons. Not a huge problem, but it would be nice to revert to the old behavior for some folders.


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07 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7/2008

Go to View > Choose details...

There you can set the column widths.

Additionnaly you can hit CTRL-+ (numpad plus) to auto expand the columns. Not sure about a laptop without a numpad, but i'd sure like to know

Check these out:
Keyboard Shortcuts - When You Can't or Don't Want to Use a Mouse Here are Ways to Use Your Keyboard

and while on the topic of keyboard shortcuts, this one i can't live without - ALT-D when using a browser! (F6 too, but alt-D is easier when you type without looking)
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11 Nov 2010   #5


The above post didn't help me much. I finally found what I need, which I believe is the same issue you had.

Set the view to the way you prefer. Then go to Organize-->Folder and serch options-->View-->Apply to all folders. The settings you had will then apply to all folders. Even when you close and reopen explorer.

Windows Explorer Columns - Change Width
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11 Nov 2010   #6


In the Vista Windows Explorer you only have the option to custom set the column widths when you're in the Details View. Isn't that also true in Windows 7?
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