General Apply Folder View to All Folders in Windows 11

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You can change the folder view settings in Windows 11 to what you want for each separate folder.

View settings for a folder include the template, column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view.

If you like, you can apply the view settings of a folder to all folders at once without needing to manually apply one by one.

This tutorial will show you how to apply view settings of a folder to all folders for your account in Windows 11.


Here's How:

1 Specify a default template for all folders to be optimized for a General items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos type.

2 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

3 Open a folder you want to apply its view settings to all folders.

4 Customize this folder's column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view settings to how you want.

5 Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button on the command bar, and click/tap on Options. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on the View tab, and click/tap on the Apply to Folders button. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink

 

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I tried this and it did work for all of the folders with the exception of The Downloads Folder. Is the downloads folder treated differently than the others?
 

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I tried this and it did work for all of the folders with the exception of The Downloads Folder. Is the downloads folder treated differently than the others?
It may not work for all shell folders.

In that situation, those will have to be set manually. :(
 

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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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I got it to a point where I can live with it. Thanks Shawn. (y)
 

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    Manufacturer/Model
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    CPU
    Intel Core i9-10940X
    Motherboard
    MSI X299 PRO (Intel X299 Chipset) (Up to 4x PCI-E Devices)
    Memory
    128 GB DDR4 3200 MHz Corsair Vengance LPX
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black
    Sound Card
    Integrated Motherboard Audio-Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S3221QS
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)(Crucial)
    1x Storage (2TB Seagate
    1x Samsung 860 Pro
    1x 1TB Samsung 860 EVO External Storage
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    Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
    Case
    VELOX
    Cooling
    H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
    Keyboard
    EVGA Z10 RGB
    Mouse
    EVGA X17 Gaming Mouse
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At least it gets most of them. :party:
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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