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Windows 7: Folder Template - Default


08 Jul 2009   #59
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Folder Template - Default

How to Set a Default Folder Template for All Folders in Windows 7


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29 Sep 2013   #60
voiceartistusa

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

This looks like restoring a factory setting:
1. To Restore Default Folder Templates for All Folders

2 through 6 look like I'd be banging my head up against the wall until I get to number 6 where
it will "Set Videos Folder Template as Default for All Folders"

Does "all folders" mean All [video, pictures, etc] folders or ALL system folders?


Since I have restored, I am back to factory:
EDIT:
Since I have restored, I am back to factory folder settings:

-Create new folder on desktop
Headers are "Name" "Date Modified" "Type" "Size"
-Drag an mp3 to that new folder, the folder is open, the headers don't change.

-Close the folder, then re-open it
Headers are now "Name" " # " "Title" "Contributing Artists" "Album"

Now Add "Bit Rate", close the folder, re-open "Bit Rate" still shows-good.

Make another new folder, copy a different MP3 in and "Bit Rate" is not there.

If I go to ORGANIZE | FOLDER AND SEARCH OPTIONS | VIEW
Windows Says:
" You can apply the view (such as details or icons) that you are using for this folder to all folders of THIS TYPE"

-Click "Apply To Folders" button

-Confirm with "Do you want all folders of THIS TYPE to match this folder's view settings?"

-Click YES

-When I create a new EMPTY folder WITHOUT any audio files, it shows my custom header when it should show the system default.

Minutes later...

Things are working the way I want...
If there are mp3s in a folder on external drive with PDF and TXT, the headers stay the way I want, i.e. no bit rate for the TXT file(obvious). Good

I want to reboot and see again before posting this, but no option to save as draft, So I'll post.

After reboot:

Preferences stay as desired

Is there a reg I can backup, in the case I use CCleaner/Glary/Privazer??

Thank you for all your help !!








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My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2013   #61
voiceartistusa

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Another important piece for others to consider...if using CCleaner, be sure to UNCHECK

Custom Files and Folders
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2013   #62
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

This tutorial is to use only ONE of the steps you want to set as the default for "all folders" on your PC. You don't want to do them all one by one. If you do, you'll just be wasting your time since each one you did would be the new default for all folders.

The columns headers you have showing in a folder depend on what folder template you are using. Columns only show when you are using "Details" view.

The best backup would be a system image backup.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2013   #63
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by voiceartistusa View Post


Is there a reg I can backup, in the case I use CCleaner/Glary/Privazer??

Thank you for all your help !!

Here you go. Fresh out of the tutorial oven.

Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows
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29 Sep 2013   #64
voiceartistusa

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank You !! That works...but on a second computer (Win 7 Pro 64) I had to first to delete:

BagMRU and Bags first, then immediately run your batch file, which imported the backup placed on the desktop of second computer...from the first computer ! Then reboot.

Located in HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2013   #65
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.

You shouldn't have needed to delete those, or restart the PC to apply.

When restoring a backup using the batch file, it already deletes the current folder view registry locations (including that one) by default first, then imports the backup, and restarts explorer to apply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #66
xichael

 
 

Brink, any idea how to make this affect MTP directories?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #67
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but I have no idea for those.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2014   #68
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you for this Shawn. Most helpful!

It seems a shame (and odd) that Windows users are forced to download and run a custom bat file simply to get Windows to behave in a "normal and logical" fashion, treating all folders the same regardless of what is in them.

I feel like Windows is moving away from its traditional values of practicality and control, and becoming dumb, gimmicky and patronising like Mac OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2014   #69
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Marty.

The ideal behind Automatic Folder Type Discovery was to help the user by automatically optimizing the folder's template based on the type of file you last saved into it.

While this can be helpful if you say create a New Folder, and start saving only one type of file (ex: pictures) in it. However, it's not so useful if you save a bunch of different files in the folder (ex: downloads).

It would be nice to be able to turn on/off Automatic Folder Type Discovery on a per folder basis instead of having to set all folders to have the same template first to turn it off.
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