General Enable or Disable Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 11


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If you copy or move a folder into a destination that already contains a folder with the exact same name, Windows will automatically replace the destination folder by default. If any files have the same names, you will still be asked if you want to replace those files with a file merge conflict dialog.

If you like, you can enable to show folder merge conflicts to confirm if you want to replace (merge) the destination folder instead of automatically by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing folder merge conflicts for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Enabling or disabling folder merge conflicts will not affect file merge conflicts like below.

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Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Folder Merge Conflicts in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Folder Merge Conflicts using REG file


EXAMPLE: Folder merge conflict

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Option One

Enable or Disable Folder Merge Conflicts in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (disable - default) or uncheck (enable) Hide folder merge conflicts for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

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Option Two

Enable or Disable Folder Merge Conflicts using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Folder Merge Conflicts

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_folder_merge_conflicts.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideMergeConflicts"=dword:00000000

3 Disable Folder Merge Conflicts

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_folder_merge_conflicts.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideMergeConflicts"=dword:00000001

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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