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Windows 7: Remove All Options Except Details From Navigation Pane

12 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Remove All Options Except Details From Navigation Pane

Is there any way to permanently remove or disable all of the various "views" in the Windows 7 Navigation Pane *except* for Details? If a subdirectory contains audio files I *never* want to see "Album" or "Artist" or any of the rest of that garbage. If the subdirectory contains an image file I *never* want to see a thumbnail of images. If I need more information about a file I'll right click on it and select Properties, thankyewverymuch!

In short, when I click anywhere in the left or right panel in the Navigation Pane I never want to see *ANYTHING* except the file name, type, size, and date modified. If it isn't a file (e.g. Network, etc.) just show me a computer or device name, not some massive image of a router or other waste of my time.

Jerry H.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2011   #2

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

You can modify the folder templates for different folder types like Music, Pictures, etc. where you can specify things like that.

These should get you on track to setting those up:

Folder Template - Change
Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional
SOLVED: Remove All Options Except Details From Navigation Pane

I used the SysInternals ProcMon utility to get an overview of the navigation process, and the light bulb went off when I saw the desktop explorer looking for a "SniffedFolderType" in the monitor log.

A search using (the spam-free search engine) DuckDuckGo turned up the following forum posting:

New Win7 reg entries related to folder views - MSFN

From which I've put together a registry mod that seems to work like a charm!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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



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

The first three entries above clear out the BagMRU cache and reset it (just in case it's required) to preserve your new / future view settings, and the last entry is where the magic takes place.

So far this seems to be working like a charm. No more sniffing, and my folders in the Navigation Pane always open in "Detail" view.

Jerry H.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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