Unable to get File Explorer to stop displaying video files as icons


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I have a HDD that has a single folder. Within that folder are many files and subfolders. All of the files are either music or video files.

The issue is that I want ALL files and folders to be displayed in list view, but Windows keeps insisting on displaying many folders as icons.

Here is what I have done:

1) Right-click on the drive in File Explorer and select Properties > Customize tab > Optimize this folder for: General items > Also apply this template to all subfolders > OK

2) While in the root of the drive, select View > List, then ... > Options > View > Apply to folders.

For some reason, even after doing this, subfolders and files insist on showing up as icons. I can change individual folders but there are many hundreds of them.

Any suggestions on how to apply these settings to the entire drive?
 

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I have a HDD that has a single folder. Within that folder are many files and subfolders. All of the files are either music or video files.

The issue is that I want ALL files and folders to be displayed in list view, but Windows keeps insisting on displaying many folders as icons.

Here is what I have done:

1) Right-click on the drive in File Explorer and select Properties > Customize tab > Optimize this folder for: General items > Also apply this template to all subfolders > OK

2) While in the root of the drive, select View > List, then ... > Options > View > Apply to folders.

For some reason, even after doing this, subfolders and files insist on showing up as icons. I can change individual folders but there are many hundreds of them.

Any suggestions on how to apply these settings to the entire drive?


I think you need to choose "Details" not List.
Nope, that's not it. That just changes it from one column to many columns.


Maybe one of these check boxes?

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With those check boxes... I get this view on List... (Win 10 and Win 11)
I have no One Drive, no syncing, no sharing. <---- I don't know if any of this makes any difference.

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No, that's not doing it for me. It's like it is ignoring the settings.
 

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No, that's not doing it for me. It's like it is ignoring the settings.


I think the only other things I did was the ribbon bar tweak and the context menus tweak.
 

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I think you will find you can achieve what you want by first setting "view" as either list or details and then using the view by/sort by settings to change it from there.
 

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Remove settings for specified folders first, apply notspecified template, setup the desired view, restart explorer.
Code:
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell" /v "FolderType" /t REG_SZ /d "NotSpecified" /f
There is also GitHub - LesFerch/WinSetView: Globally Set Explorer Folder Views
 

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