How to Change a Windows Explorer Folder Type Template in Vista
Vista has six default folder templates you can choose and change for the type of file folders you have in a Windows Explorer window. By default Vista will automatically assign a Folder Type Template to the Explorer window according to what type of files it contains.
Vista will only use the default Folder Templates for external devices each time you open them since Vista will not remember the folder view settings when you turn off or remove the external media.
EXAMPLE #1 All Items template:EXAMPLE #2 Contacts template:
NOTE: Only available in the C:\Users\(user name)\Contacts folder.EXAMPLE #3 Documents template:EXAMPLE #4 Pictures and Videos template:EXAMPLE #5 Music Details template:EXAMPLE #6 Music Icons template:
1. Open a Explorer window that you want to change the folder type template for.
NOTE: To change the root directory (Computer or Local Disk C: ) template, open the Users folder in Local Disk C: . The changes in Users will be applied to the root directory as well. Be sure to also do the Apply to All Folder Type Templates section below, or it will not apply to the Computer or Local Disk C: location.
If you want to change all the folders templates in the current window then:
A) Click on View or right click in a empty area of the window.3.
B) Click on Customize This Folder. (See screenshots below)
If you want to change just a single folder template in the current window then:
A) Right click on the folder.4.
B) Click on Properties.
Click on the Customize
tab. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Check Also apply this template to all subfolders if you want to change the templates for the subfolders in this folder as well. 5.
Click on the drop down menu and choose a template. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: See the template screenshots at top.6.
Click on OK
to apply and close properties window.
Your template has been applied.
How to Apply the Changes to All the Same Folder Type Templates
This is to apply the changes made to all windows of the same folder template as the current Windows Explorer window.
You must open Folder Options
from within the same Windows Explorer window that you are changing or it will not work.
Click on Tools
on the Menu bar
and click on Folder Options
Click on the View
tab. (See screeshot below)
Check Remember each folder's view settings
NOTE: If unchecked, Vista will ignore custom view settings for every folder and have every folder open using default settings instead. Only, uncheck this setting to force all folders to stop using display settings you have specified
Click on Apply
Click on the Apply to Folders
Click on Yes
to the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)
Click on OK
. (See screenshot above)