I don’t use Windows Explorer that often. Instead I use MultiCommander which has many more useful features. But sometimes Windows Explorer comes in handy. One of the reasons for this is that Windows Explorer can show the contents of a folder in a number of ways.
Selecting Folder Views Manually
Windows can show you the contents of a folder in exactly eight ways:
- Extra large icons
- Large icons
- Medium icons
- Small icons
You can select any of these either by using the keyboard or the mouse.
In Windows 7, press
For example, to select the
All the keyboard shortcuts are
In Windows 8, the shortcuts got a little bit easier to remember. Although, I am not sure why would anyone need to remember things such as these, but hey, we are all different. And the shortcuts are
Alternatively, you can use your mouse to change your folder view.
To do this, click on the
Then simply select your preferred folder view by clicking on its name on the slider.
You may also click on the icon itself, not the down arrow, in which case the folder view will change to the next one automatically.
Windows will remember the folder view you last selected for each individual folder.
Setting the Default Folder View
In case you like one of the folder views best and want Windows to always show the contents of all folders using that particular folder view, then do the following.
In Windows Explorer’s menu bar, click
Alternatively, click on the
Finally, in the
Windows will then ask you: “Do you want all folders of this type to match this folder’s view settings?”
Simply click on the
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