General Open Folder Options in Windows 11

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You can use Folder Options (aka: File Explorer Options) to change the way files and folders function and how items are displayed in Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open Folder Options in Windows 11.

The Apply to Folders option will be grayed out unless you open Folder Options from within the same folder window in File Explorer that you want to have applied to other folders using the same folder template.



Contents

  • Option One: Open Folder Options from File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Two: Open Folder Options from Quick Access in File Explorer
  • Option Three: Open File Explorer Options from Control Panel
  • Option Four: Open File Explorer Options from Run
  • Option Five: Open File Explorer Options from Command Line


EXAMPLE: Folder Options
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OPTION ONE

Open Folder Options from File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button in the command bar, and click/tap on Options.

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OPTION TWO

Open Folder Options from Quick Access in File Explorer


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Right click or press and hold on Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer, and click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10). (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Options. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION THREE

Open File Explorer Options from Control Panel


1 Open Control Panel (control.exe) in icons view.

2 Click/tap on the File Explorer Options icon. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FOUR

Open File Explorer Options from Run


1 Open Run (Win+R).

2 Type control folders into Run, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FIVE

Open File Explorer Options from Command Line


1 Open the Windows Terminal, Command Prompt, or PowerShell console.

2 Type control folders into the console, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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