File Explorer problem


izzyforeal

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Hello helpful people! Every time I open File Explorer I have to size the columns to fit. Is there any way for that to be the default every time File Explorer is opened? Thank you in advance for the help.
 
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In Explorer under Folder Options you can click "Apply current view to Folders" or so (same as in W7 or 10)
 

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Hey thanks for the reply, maybe I wasn't clear. I want every folder, even newly created ones to be "Size all columns to fit." I want it to be the always default view.
 

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    Windows 11
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    Dell XPS-15-7590
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 259
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    BaseBoard Product 018W12
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    16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
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    I changed my login password to "Incorrect."
Hey thanks for the reply, maybe I wasn't clear. I want every folder, even newly created ones to be "Size all columns to fit." I want it to be the always default view.
his answer should be correct for your request. one side note, to make it take effect on all folders, browse to %systemdrive% , set your visual preferences, then go to folder options > apply current to all folders.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
Hello helpful people! Every time I open File Explorer I have to size the columns to fit. Is there any way for that to be the default every time File Explorer is opened? Thank you in advance for the help.
Your title is not funny - Alzheimers is the saddest of all illnesses.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Bluetooth , wired
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    72 Mb/s :-(
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Do you mean right click in the bar that has name, date modified and size etc. and select from the sizing options
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
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    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
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    Alienware 610M
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Your title is not funny - Alzheimers is the saddest of all illnesses.
Lol, I don't think the question was intentionally being funny ... My mother has alzheimers and she had to give up using computers because everyday she switched ON, she forgot how to use it - even if she had tutorials in front of her, she would still forget. That is the way it is. But thanks for sticking up for sufferers, just in case :) .

EDIT: I am not offended. The crux of the question is, does File Explorer have memory? If so, should it remember it's settings, and is there a tutorial to do that?
 
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    Sapphire Radeon RX 6500XT (8 GB version)
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    BenQ Mobuiz EX2710Q QHD, Iiyama ProLite X23377HDS
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    MSI Spatium M461 4TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
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    Acer A114
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    Intel Celeron N4020
I can verify that the "Apply To Folders" Option does not apply the "Size All Columns to Fit" change to existing or new folders on Windows. I'm not aware of a solution for the OP myself.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PowerSpec G435
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    i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    64GB DDR4
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    NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070 Super
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    Dell S3220DGF
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    2560x1440
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    1TB WDC .M2 Nvme SSD
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his answer should be correct for your request. one side note, to make it take effect on all folders, browse to %systemdrive% , set your visual preferences, then go to folder options > apply current to all folders.
Hey thanks for the replay. When I go to %systemdrive% and put the folders in "Details" view, I select "Size all columns to fit" I open file explorer options and "Apply to all folders" is greyed out.
 

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    Windows 11
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    Laptop
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    Dell XPS-15-7590
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 259
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    BaseBoard Product 018W12
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    16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
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    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
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    Digital Power Station | Bongiovi Acoustics
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    27"
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    2560x1440
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    Samsung 970 EVO 1TB
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    6-Cell 97WHr Integrated
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    Platinum Silver
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    Logitech K 470
    Mouse
    Jelly Comb MS023
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    I changed my login password to "Incorrect."
Lol, I don't think the question was intentionally being funny ... My mother has alzheimers and she had to give up using computers because everyday she switched ON, she forgot how to use it - even if she had tutorials in front of her, she would still forget. That is the way it is. But thanks for sticking up for sufferers, just in case :) .

EDIT: I am not offended. The crux of the question is, does File Explorer have memory? If so, should it remember it's settings, and is there a tutorial to do that?
I'm a smart*ss but meant to insult to you or anyone suffering from that horrible disease.
 

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    Windows 11
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    Dell XPS-15-7590
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 259
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    BaseBoard Product 018W12
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    16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
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    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
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    Digital Power Station | Bongiovi Acoustics
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    I changed my login password to "Incorrect."
I can verify that the "Apply To Folders" Option does not apply the "Size All Columns to Fit" change to existing or new folders on Windows. I'm not aware of a solution for the OP myself.
Agreed
 

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    Windows 11
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    Dell XPS-15-7590
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 259
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    BaseBoard Product 018W12
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    16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
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    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
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    Digital Power Station | Bongiovi Acoustics
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What's worse is that the "Size all columns to fit" option only resizes the items you can currently see in the Explorer window. If you scroll up or down to where the items in the visible columns are different in size and then repeat the option, the columns will resize for the visible items only. Truly not a very useful command.
 

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    i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    64GB DDR4
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    NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070 Super
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    Dell S3220DGF
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    2560x1440
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Izzy, I just found a shortcut: Ctrl+[NumPadPlus]
That is the Control Key and the NumPad + key. That resizes all columns. Not only in Explorer but also in RegEdit:

Secret Key to Resize All Columns

Apparently, it's been around since Windows 8!

Note you must select an item (any item) in the window for this shortcut key to work.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    PowerSpec G435
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    i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    64GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070 Super
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    Dell S3220DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB WDC .M2 Nvme SSD
    4TB Samsung 870 SSD
    PSU
    750 Watt Gold
    Case
    Lian Li ATX 205
    Cooling
    Thermal-Take Water Cooled CPU
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB
    Mouse
    Razer Basilisk X
    Internet Speed
    Gigabit
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
The crux of the question is, does File Explorer have memory? If so, should it remember it's settings...
Yes, and no. Explorer remembers the layouts for each folder individually. Once you have adjusted the layout of a particular folder it should always open that folder with your chosen layout. There is a limit though, by default it only remembers your first 5000 folder layout choices.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
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    Edge, Firefox
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    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, and the Insider Canary build as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
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    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
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    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Win11 Pro Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.


    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
Yes, and no. Explorer remembers the layouts for each folder individually. Once you have adjusted the layout of a particular folder it should always open that folder with your chosen layout. There is a limit though, by default it only remembers your first 5000 folder layout choices.
Well, it appears there is no solution to my issue other than clicking the stupid button every time. Oh well, I thank each of you for your contributions and insight.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS-15-7590
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz, 259
    Motherboard
    BaseBoard Product 018W12
    Memory
    16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Digital Power Station | Bongiovi Acoustics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    6-Cell 97WHr Integrated
    Case
    Platinum Silver
    Keyboard
    Logitech K 470
    Mouse
    Jelly Comb MS023
    Internet Speed
    200 | 10
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    I changed my login password to "Incorrect."

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