How to change default view in Windows Folder Explorer

I have a large number of files in some of my media storage folders. 
Each time I use Windows Explorer Folder to browse the files, I need to select View- Details to list them instead of the large icons that are displayed. I then have to add or delete columns based on information I want to view related to those files, such as Name, Date, Size, Length etc... 

I notice Windows behaves differently when opening a folder with Media compared to a folder with application files. The Media directory folder opens with a predetermined set of columns related to Media and the application folder opens with a different set of columns. 

Since this is set by Windows, I would think there is an option to choose which columns I want to display and in which type of viewing format. 
When I make the changes once, they remain the same until I reboot, then everything goes back to Windows default. 

How can I set the way that Windows Explorer for Folders and Files displays the directory. 

If I can't change that, I may have to consider a 3rd party app. 

Hi Chucks,


Welcome to Microsoft Community and we are glad to assist you.


From the issue description, I understand that you want to change the view of Windows Explorer.


I would suggest you to follow these steps to change the view settings and check.

a.      Click on Organize menu and click on click Folder and Search Options.

b.      On the View tab, click Apply to Folders.

c.       Click Ok.



Change folder options


Hope it works. For any further Windows related queries feel free to get back to us. We will be happy to help you.

Tadasha Mishra

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Last updated July 16, 2021 Views 12,688 Applies to: