General Change Folder Layout View in Windows 11 File Explorer


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This tutorial will show you how to change the layout view of a folder in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, you can change the layout view of a folder in File Explorer to show all items in the folder with a extra large icons, large icons, medium icons, small icons, list, details, tiles, or content layout.

Each separate folder will remember its layout view as set when last closed.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Folder Layout View using a Scroll Wheel
  • Option Two: Change Folder Layout View using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Three: Change Folder Layout View from File Explorer Toolbar
  • Option Four: Change Folder Layout View from File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Five: Change Folder Layout View from Context Menu


EXAMPLE: Available folder layout views

Exttra_large_icons.png
Large_icons.png

Medium_icons.png
Small_icons.png

List.png
Details.png

Tiles.png
Content.png





Option One

Change Folder Layout View using a Scroll Wheel


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the layout view of.

3 Press and hold the Ctrl key while rolling the scroll wheel up or down to cycle the layout view to what you want, and release the Ctrl key when done.




Option Two

Change Folder Layout View using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the layout view of.

3 Press the keyboard shortcut below for the layout view you want.

Layout ViewKeyboard Shortcut
Extra large iconsCtrl+ Shift + 1
Large iconsCtrl+ Shift + 2
Medium iconsCtrl+ Shift + 3
Small iconsCtrl+ Shift + 4
ListCtrl+ Shift + 5
DetailsCtrl+ Shift + 6
TilesCtrl+ Shift + 7
ContentCtrl+ Shift + 8




Option Three

Change Folder Layout View from File Explorer Toolbar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the layout view of.

3 Click/tap on the Details (left) or Large icons (right) button on the toolbar at the bottom right corner of File Explorer for the layout view you want. (see screenshot below)

Folder_view_File_Explorer_toolbar.png





Option Four

Change Folder Layout View from File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the layout view of.

3 Click/tap on View on the command bar. (see screenshot below)

4 Click/tap on the Extra large icons, Large icons, Medium icons, Small icons, List, Details, Tiles, or Content layout view you want.

Folder_view_File_Explorer_command_bar.png





Option Five

Change Folder Layout View from Context Menu


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the layout view of.

3 Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the folder's background. (see screenshot below)

4 Click/tap on View.

5 Click/tap on the Extra large icons, Large icons, Medium icons, Small icons, List, Details, Tiles, or Content layout view you want.

Folder_view_File_Explorer_context_menu.png



That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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This should come in handy.. thanks Shawn
 

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