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Windows 7: how do I change "Folders View" for individual folders

19 Sep 2009   #1

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 
how do I change "Folders View" for individual folders

Hello everybody,

In Windows 7 how can I change "Folders View" for individual folders without changing them system wide. For example if I select "always show icons" all my folders are set this way, and that's fine. But there are a few folders I have containing jpeg images, and I want to view those as "thumbnails" without effecting the others which are set to always show icons.

This was very easy to do in Windows XP but I can't figure out how to do it in Windows 7. many thanks for any help.

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19 Sep 2009   #2

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikev216 View Post
Hello everybody,

In Windows 7 how can I change "Folders View" for individual folders without changing them system wide. For example if I select "always show icons" all my folders are set this way, and that's fine. But there are a few folders I have containing jpeg images, and I want to view those as "thumbnails" without effecting the others which are set to always show icons.

This was very easy to do in Windows XP but I can't figure out how to do it in Windows 7. many thanks for any help.
Hi nikev216,

You can change the view with this little icon on the right side of the explorer bar.

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You have to uncheck the "only show icons" options, or it won't work.
Only show icons does what it says, .....


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19 Sep 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikev216 View Post
Hello everybody,

In Windows 7 how can I change "Folders View" for individual folders without changing them system wide. For example if I select "always show icons" all my folders are set this way, and that's fine. But there are a few folders I have containing jpeg images, and I want to view those as "thumbnails" without effecting the others which are set to always show icons.

This was very easy to do in Windows XP but I can't figure out how to do it in Windows 7. many thanks for any help.
Hello Nikev,

You can make any changes to the folder template, Group by, Sort by, Stack by arrangement , Icon Size, or View arrangement that will only be applied towards that folder.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Sep 2009   #4

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikev216 View Post
Hello everybody,

In Windows 7 how can I change "Folders View" for individual folders without changing them system wide. For example if I select "always show icons" all my folders are set this way, and that's fine. But there are a few folders I have containing jpeg images, and I want to view those as "thumbnails" without effecting the others which are set to always show icons.

This was very easy to do in Windows XP but I can't figure out how to do it in Windows 7. many thanks for any help.
Hi nikev216,

You can change the view with this little icon on the right side of the explorer bar.

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You have to uncheck the "only show icons" options, or it won't work.
Only show icons does what it says, .....

squonksc, thanks for replying, I tried this method but it didn't work for me ...

In folder options I have unchecked only show icons so that all my folders now show thumbnails, then I open a folder I want to customize to show icons. Using that little button on the explorer bar I can only customize a folder's icon view to "Small Icons", "List", or "Details", I cant set "medium icons" which is the size I want. If I click on "medium icons" it still shows thumbnails ... strange.


also thanks to Brink, I will try the customized template method in a few hours, I will post back here when I finish ... thanks to all
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19 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

it maybe crash on your system....???..?
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Trying System Restore
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19 Sep 2009   #6

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 

I don't use system restore, I have it disabled in Services.
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19 Sep 2009   #7

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikev216 View Post
I don't use system restore, I have it disabled in Services.
No disrespect intended, but that's not a wise thing to do, unless you are very disciplined with backups.

Greetz
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19 Sep 2009   #8

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 

yes I have both partitions backed-up XP & Windows 7 I do it every month, squonksc can you set medium icons view using that explorer button, and does it work for you if you choose a folder containing images (jpgs, Gifs, etc) outside of the Libraries folders, if you can there may be something wrong with my Windows 7 installation, because I can't.
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19 Sep 2009   #9

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikev216 View Post
yes I have both partitions backed-up XP & Windows 7 I do it every month, squonksc can you set medium icons view using that explorer button, and does it work for you if you choose a folder containing images (jpgs, Gifs, etc) outside of the Libraries folders, if you can there may be something wrong with my Windows 7 installation, because I can't.
Yes, it works everywhere.

I think there's something wrong with your install.
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19 Sep 2009   #10

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 

OK thanks for that, I'll restore all default settings in services because I may have turned off something in there I shouldn't have, funny because everything else works perectly, in the worse scenario case I'll just re-install Windows 7 and leave everything at default. Thanks for your help everyone.
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