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Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

  1. #1


    Tom Guest

    Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    I'm not asking for much. I just want ALL folders to file size and dates.

    Frequently, the Windows Explorer decides (for unknown reasons) that a folder
    contains Pictures and in the View, "Customize this folder" window, sets it
    to "Pictures and Videos" rather than "All Items"

    There IS a "Apply this template to all sub-folders," this option is not
    available on C:\, even when logged in as administrator.

    It's tough (and I'm failing) not to get angry with Microsoft. Their
    intentions were no doubt good (e.g. "Let's make folder browsing less
    intimidating for the average user -- we'll just hide the details of a folder
    if we think they aren't neceesary.") However, in implementation, they've
    penalized technical users like me who live in the Windows Explorer.

    Tom


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  3. #2


    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    On Fri, 23 Mar 2007 08:45:27 -0700, "Tom" <none@none.com> wrote:

    >I'm not asking for much. I just want ALL folders to file size and dates.
    >
    >Frequently, the Windows Explorer decides (for unknown reasons) that a folder
    >contains Pictures and in the View, "Customize this folder" window, sets it
    >to "Pictures and Videos" rather than "All Items"
    >
    >There IS a "Apply this template to all sub-folders," this option is not
    >available on C:\, even when logged in as administrator.
    >
    >It's tough (and I'm failing) not to get angry with Microsoft. Their
    >intentions were no doubt good (e.g. "Let's make folder browsing less
    >intimidating for the average user -- we'll just hide the details of a folder
    >if we think they aren't neceesary.") However, in implementation, they've
    >penalized technical users like me who live in the Windows Explorer.
    >
    >Tom


    Well if you're a more technical user and not afraid to mess with
    things you could partition your root drive roping off system files in
    "C" and create another partition for other files you store on that
    physical drive under a different drive letter, then you can use the
    apply to sub folders method. What I do... I have a 300 GB drive I
    divided into two partitions. One is 50 GB reserved for Windows, the
    other "E" is for whatever I want and uses the remaning 250 GB left
    over on this physical drive. ;-)


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  4. #3


    Tom Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    >
    > Well if you're a more technical user and not afraid to mess with
    > things you could partition your root drive roping off system files in
    > "C" and create another partition for other files you store on that
    > physical drive under a different drive letter, then you can use the
    > apply to sub folders method. What I do... I have a 300 GB drive I
    > divided into two partitions. One is 50 GB reserved for Windows, the
    > other "E" is for whatever I want and uses the remaning 250 GB left
    > over on this physical drive. ;-)
    >


    That's doable, but I think the cure is worse than the disease! :-)


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  5. #4


    Keith Miller MVP Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg file.
    Watch out for line wrap -- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Shell] is all one line.

    --------------------------------------------------
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    "FolderType"="NotSpecified"

    --------------------------------------------------

    Merging the .reg file will set the 'All Items' template for any folders that
    don't currently have a view saved with a different template. You can clear
    all saved views by deleting the

    "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags"

    key BEFORE merging the .reg file. If any folders open with a different
    template after clearing the 'Bags' key & merging the .reg file, they most
    likely have a template specified via their desktop.ini file.


    --
    Good Luck,

    Keith
    Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]

    "Tom" <none@none.com> wrote in message
    news:%23EjwIJWbHHA.3616@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > I'm not asking for much. I just want ALL folders to file size and dates.
    >
    > Frequently, the Windows Explorer decides (for unknown reasons) that a
    > folder contains Pictures and in the View, "Customize this folder" window,
    > sets it to "Pictures and Videos" rather than "All Items"
    >
    > There IS a "Apply this template to all sub-folders," this option is not
    > available on C:\, even when logged in as administrator.
    >
    > It's tough (and I'm failing) not to get angry with Microsoft. Their
    > intentions were no doubt good (e.g. "Let's make folder browsing less
    > intimidating for the average user -- we'll just hide the details of a
    > folder if we think they aren't neceesary.") However, in implementation,
    > they've penalized technical users like me who live in the Windows
    > Explorer.
    >
    > Tom



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  6. #5


    DevilsPGD Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    In message <eX3#lEXbHHA.4888@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl> "Keith Miller MVP"
    <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote:

    >Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg file.
    >Watch out for line wrap -- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Shell] is all one line.
    >
    >--------------------------------------------------
    >Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >
    >[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    >Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    >"FolderType"="NotSpecified"
    >
    >--------------------------------------------------
    >
    >Merging the .reg file will set the 'All Items' template for any folders that
    >don't currently have a view saved with a different template. You can clear
    >all saved views by deleting the
    >
    >"HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags"
    >
    >key BEFORE merging the .reg file. If any folders open with a different
    >template after clearing the 'Bags' key & merging the .reg file, they most
    >likely have a template specified via their desktop.ini file.


    Interesting -- Any nasty downsides?
    --
    Insert something clever here.

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  7. #6


    Keith Miller MVP Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    Not that I know of. You'll need to set Contacts template back to Contacts
    to access 'New Contact' button, etc.

    Under XP, it was more annoying to use this because if you wanted a folder to
    be Music, you could switch the template to Music, but you still had the
    general columns. Vista will switch the columns when you switch the
    templates.


    --
    Good Luck,

    Keith
    Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]

    "DevilsPGD" <spam_narf_spam@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    news:l9c803poo2ivndp7rs1riepgt9j0l97g40@4ax.com...
    > In message <eX3#lEXbHHA.4888@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl> "Keith Miller MVP"
    > <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote:
    >
    >>Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg file.
    >>Watch out for line wrap -- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Shell] is all one line.
    >>
    >>--------------------------------------------------
    >>Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >>
    >>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    >>Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    >>"FolderType"="NotSpecified"
    >>
    >>--------------------------------------------------
    >>
    >>Merging the .reg file will set the 'All Items' template for any folders
    >>that
    >>don't currently have a view saved with a different template. You can
    >>clear
    >>all saved views by deleting the
    >>
    >>"HKCU\Software\Classes\Local
    >>Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags"
    >>
    >>key BEFORE merging the .reg file. If any folders open with a different
    >>template after clearing the 'Bags' key & merging the .reg file, they most
    >>likely have a template specified via their desktop.ini file.

    >
    > Interesting -- Any nasty downsides?
    > --
    > Insert something clever here.



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  8. #7


    DevilsPGD Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    In message <eX3#lEXbHHA.4888@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl> "Keith Miller MVP"
    <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote:

    >Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg file.
    >Watch out for line wrap -- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Shell] is all one line.
    >
    >--------------------------------------------------
    >Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >
    >[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    >Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    >"FolderType"="NotSpecified"
    >
    >--------------------------------------------------
    >
    >Merging the .reg file will set the 'All Items' template for any folders that
    >don't currently have a view saved with a different template. You can clear
    >all saved views by deleting the
    >
    >"HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags"
    >
    >key BEFORE merging the .reg file. If any folders open with a different
    >template after clearing the 'Bags' key & merging the .reg file, they most
    >likely have a template specified via their desktop.ini file.


    Praise Jebus! It worked. Thanks!

    One more possibly similar one -- How about the "Views" setting for the
    common file dialogs? Any way to force that one to stay in "Details" all
    the time?
    --
    Insert something clever here.

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  9. #8


    Keith Miller MVP Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    "DevilsPGD" <spam_narf_spam@crazyhat.net> wrote in message news:qm89035ghch2f0egge3ottcjui0fuhi36l@4ax.com...
    > In message <eX3#lEXbHHA.4888@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl> "Keith Miller MVP"
    > <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote:
    >
    >>Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg file.
    >>Watch out for line wrap -- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Shell] is all one line.
    >>
    >>--------------------------------------------------
    >>Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >>
    >>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    >>Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
    >>"FolderType"="NotSpecified"
    >>
    >>--------------------------------------------------
    >>


    > Praise Jebus! It worked. Thanks!
    >
    > One more possibly similar one -- How about the "Views" setting for the
    > common file dialogs? Any way to force that one to stay in "Details" all
    > the time?


    You're welcome. Glad you like it.

    Thank you for asking a question that led me to find something new (I found the AllFolders trick under XP, very happy it was left in Vista). With Vista's new ability to save Common Dialog views, MS did add the same AllFolders capability for ComDlg as well. Here's the .reg file to set Details default for Common Dialogs:

    --------------------------------------------
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\ComDlg]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    "LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001

    --------------------------------------------

    Other valid values are:

    Style Mode LogicalViewMode IconSize
    X-Lg Icons 5 3 0x100
    Lg Icons 5 3 0x60
    Med Icons 5 3 0x30
    Sm Icons 2 3 0x10
    List 3 3 0x10
    Details 4 1 0x10
    Tiles 6 2 0x30



    Pardon my HTML, but a table is really handy for this sort of info




    --
    Good Luck,

    Keith
    Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]






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  10. #9


    DevilsPGD Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    In message <OU8w5MjbHHA.4140@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl> "Keith Miller MVP"
    <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote:

    >Thank you for asking a question that led me to find something new (I found the AllFolders trick under XP, very happy it was left in Vista). With Vista's new ability to save Common Dialog views, MS did add the same AllFolders capability for ComDlg as well. Here's the .reg file to set Details default for Common Dialogs:
    >
    >--------------------------------------------
    >Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >
    >[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\ComDlg]
    >"Mode"=dword:00000004
    >"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
    >
    >--------------------------------------------
    >
    >Other valid values are:
    >
    > Style Mode LogicalViewMode IconSize
    > X-Lg Icons 5 3 0x100
    > Lg Icons 5 3 0x60
    > Med Icons 5 3 0x30
    > Sm Icons 2 3 0x10
    > List 3 3 0x10
    > Details 4 1 0x10
    > Tiles 6 2 0x30


    Interesting, thanks. Any points on where you found that (I'd love to go
    digging and see if I find anything else useful or fun)
    --
    Insert something clever here.

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  11. #10


    Keith Miller MVP Guest

    Re: Windows Explorer: How to force ALL folders to use "All Items" template rather than "Pictures & Videos"

    "DevilsPGD" <spam_narf_spam@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    news:mk3b03tq9jrein6n49uql297uem6tmdmcg@4ax.com...
    > In message <OU8w5MjbHHA.4140@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl> "Keith Miller MVP"
    > <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote:
    >
    >>Thank you for asking a question that led me to find something new (I found
    >>the AllFolders trick under XP, very happy it was left in Vista). With
    >>Vista's new ability to save Common Dialog views, MS did add the same
    >>AllFolders capability for ComDlg as well. Here's the .reg file to set
    >>Details default for Common Dialogs:
    >>
    >>--------------------------------------------
    >>Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >>
    >>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    >>Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\ComDlg]
    >>"Mode"=dword:00000004
    >>"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
    >>
    >>--------------------------------------------
    >>
    >>Other valid values are:
    >>
    >> Style Mode LogicalViewMode IconSize
    >> X-Lg Icons 5 3 0x100
    >> Lg Icons 5 3 0x60
    >> Med Icons 5 3 0x30
    >> Sm Icons 2 3 0x10
    >> List 3 3 0x10
    >> Details 4 1 0x10
    >> Tiles 6 2 0x30

    >
    > Interesting, thanks. Any points on where you found that (I'd love to go
    > digging and see if I find anything else useful or fun)


    I found the AllFolders key back in XP when I was using RegMon:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...es/regmon.mspx

    to figure out saved views. If you filter on part of a key name, the data
    ceases to be overwhelming. My v7.03 from XP works under Vista -- though the
    link above recommends Vista users use Process Explorer:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...sexplorer.mspx

    but I haven't checked that out yet.

    If you get playing with Regmon, pay attention to subkeys/values that
    Explorer or whatever program you are interested in is looking for but return
    'NOT FOUND' as a result. That's the best clue to the full range of values
    that are available.


    --
    Good Luck,

    Keith
    Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]



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