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Changing Folder Options

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When you work with files and folders, Windows displays folder contents in a standard way, known as the default. The default folder view settings are as follows: Tiles view displays files and folders as icons; common task links appear in the left pane; folders open in the same window; and items open when you double-click them. Depending on previous installation or users, your folder view settings might differ. Instead of changing the folder view to your preferred view—Icons, List, or Details—each time you open a folder, you can change the view permanently to the one you prefer. In addition to the defaults, you can change options such as folder settings to show or hide file extensions for known file types, show or hide hidden files and folders, show or hide protected operating system files, and show pop-up descriptions of folders and desktop items.

Change the Way All Folders Work

  • yellow01.jpg Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  • yellow02.jpg Double-click the Folder Options icon.
  • yellow03.jpg Click the General tab.
  • yellow04.jpg Select a Tasks option to display frequently used tasks or the contents of the folder.
  • yellow05.jpg Select a Browse folders option to display each folder in the same window or its own window.
  • yellow06.jpg Select a Click items as follows option to single-click or double-click items.
  • yellow07.jpg Click OK.

Change the Folder View

  • yellow01.jpg Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  • yellow02.jpg Double-click the Folder Options icon.
  • yellow03.jpg Click the View tab.
  • yellow04.jpg To set the current view to all folders, click Apply to Folders.
  • yellow05.jpg Select the check boxes for the options you want, and clear the check boxes for the ones you don’t. Some common options include:
    • Always show menus (New!).
    • Hidden files and folders. Click an option to show or hide them.
    • Hide extensions for known file types.
    • Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) (New!).
    • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color (New!).
    • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.
  • yellow06.jpg Click OK.
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