General Open Folder Options in Windows 11


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

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 File Explorer.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23481, the following settings will no longer appear under Folder Options in File Explorer.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23486, Microsoft restored these legacy settings back to Folder Options based on feedback.

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.



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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 File Explorer Options from Control Panel


This option is no longer available starting with Windows 11 build 22509.


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 Three

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 Four

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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Yep.


I'm posting a tutorial later today that will restore these removed folder options though. I'll post a link to it when it's ready. :alien:

 
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I'm glad to hear they reversed that. It was a stupid, pointless move.
 

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