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Windows 7: Folder Template - Default

23 Mar 2014   #70
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Shawn I have a slight problem. I wanted all my folders to show as the "details" view and thanks to your .bat files I am now able to achieve this, with no more stupid special "music" and "video" templates.

However, I would really like for picture folders to still have their own template (so they show as large icons). I can't currently figure any way to achieve this.

Here is what I am doing: First I run the "Disable" .bat file to start afresh. Then I run only the "Documents", "Music" and "Videos" .bat files. Shouldn't this mean that picture folders still have their own independent settings? But whenever I change a picture folder to "large icons" and then "apply to all folders", it also affects all other folder types too!


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23 Mar 2014   #71
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Marty,

After making all folders the same, you would need to manually set each pictures type folder one by one to have a Pictures folder template again without using "Apply to all folders".
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23 Mar 2014   #72
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks! I think I've sorted it now by going to my pictures folders > Properties > Customize > set to "Pictures" and include subfolders. That has changed the attributes of all my photo folders to be Pictures.

What confused me Shawn was that these picture folders were not already set to "Pictures". I guess that's because it's a new install of Windows and this version of Windows never witnessed any files being copied into those folders and therefore their folder type had yet to be "discovered". So the mistake I was making was that when I was applying my view settings to all folders, I was applying to all GENERAL folders rather than Picture folders.

This stuff is so confusing and Microsoft have not made this interface at all intuitive to understand! I wouldn't even have known about "Automatic Folder Type Discovery" had it not been for your article. How can average users be expected to understand how the interface works when there isn't even a help page explaining how this works?

If I were Microsoft I would have put a small icon in the corner of each folder to indicate what the folder type was, then when you rollover it, you get a little popup saying "This folder looks like a picture folder and has been optimized for pictures, to assign a different folder type or find out more about how this works, click here".
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23 Mar 2014   #73
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Picture folders would normally be set to have a pictures template by default, but since you set all folders to have a "General Items" template, they wouldn't afterwards. That's all.

Luckily, you can still change them to whatever you like though.
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23 Mar 2014   #74
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

And once again thank you, you are so kind helping everyone like you do.
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23 Mar 2014   #75
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Marty.
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23 Mar 2014   #76
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK, got it. (I think.) Anyway it works. Thank you
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30 Sep 2014   #77
svnpenn

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Brink step 1 saved me, thanks!
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10 Mar 2015   #78
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

i feel like an idiot- last time I got the view stuck like this was in Vista days.
explorer is only displaying one big column: how do I get the two big columns [panes? windows? what do we call it]: i.e.recent, downloads, documents, pictures, C: drive, D'; drive ad infinitum all on the left, then details etc of the selected one on the right. the defaults bat file does not affect this; it leaves it however I have it set, which is messed up. can't find the 'switch' to give me that standard view
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10 Mar 2015   #79
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Claude,

If you mean the navigation pane, then the tutorial below can help show you how to turn it back on to show again.

Navigation Pane - Turn On or Off
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