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Windows 7: Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default



Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default

How to Reset All Folder View Settings to Default in Windows 7
Published by Brink
08 Jul 2009
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How to Reset All Folder View Settings to Default in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to reset all folder view settings back to default for all folders and libraries in all folder templates in Windows 7.

Note   Note
The included folder view settings that will be set back to default will be all Group by, Sort by, Arrange by arrangement , Icon Size, or View arrangement settings. This will also reset all folder templates back to default unless you used "Apply to Folders" as below.

If Apply to Folders was used to set folder views and templates, then this tutorial will not reset them to default since "Apply to Folders" makes what you set the new default. Instead, you will need to use Reset Folders to be able to reset each folder template back to default.

Resetting all folder views to default will also auto arrange and align all icons on your desktop to the left side. If you have a lot of icons on your desktop and would wish to preserve their arrangement, then installing the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the free Desktop Restore program before doing this tutorial would be a good choice.

Tip   Tip
If you only wanted to reset the folder views settings back to default for all folders with the same folder template instead, then see How to Reset the Folder View Settings for All Folders with the Same Folder Template in Windows 7 instead of this tutorial.





Here's How:
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Windows_7_Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views.bat
download
2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.


3. Close all opened explorer windows first, then run the bat file.

4. If prompted, click on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

5. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt open as the explorer process is restarted.

6. When it's finished, you will see the Computer window open.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn





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01 Sep 2009   #1
c733221

 
 
Some additions

Some additional trick for details/generic view see

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

To have all folders with the Details View by default, you can use steps 10 to 20 with NotSpecified in the tutorial below.

Windows Explorer Folder View settings - Vista Forums

OR

Set all folder templates to General Items in the tutorial below.

Folder Template - Default
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #3
need4steer

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks a lot for another great tutorial.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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16 Nov 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome need4steer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2011   #5
aveceux

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you very much for such a useful tutorial! ^^
I was just wondering if this resets the size of the folder window back to default as well.
Please advise. Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Aveceux, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes. It will reset all folder view settings back to default.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2011   #7
aveceux

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for your prompt reply and warm welcome, Brink!
Resetting the size of the folder window back to default is exactly what I need!
Thanks again and have a nice day! ^^
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Aveceux. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Sep 2012   #9
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Brink! This sure beats hunting down each reg key one by one.

Ok I could've sworn I downloaded a file named 64-bit_Windows_7_Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views a few days ago but now I receive a error message when trying to download the same file, "Invalid Attachment specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator".

The version I downloaded looks like this,

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU]

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

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

Your version, of course, has your signature in it. Does it merge the same as the one I downloaded a few days ago?

I don't quite understand what you mean by, "This will not reset any changes made to the folder templates back to default though."

Doesn't this reset all folder view settings back to default regardless of template?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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