How to reset Folder View in Windows 10

Windows 10 is easy to use and customize, but it becomes annoying when your Folder View settings change automatically. We usually set our Folder View settings on our own preferences like view as grid/list, large/medium/small icons, etc., but it changes automatically after some time, and we have to adjust it manually. Thankfully, there is a fix to this problem.

Windows 10/8/7 often forgets your folder view settings, and this is when you need to reset the settings which include the sorting order or the files, view mode, grouping, etc. All Windows versions let you customize and reset your folders. You can do so using the File Explorer or by using Windows Registry. In this post we will learn about how to reset your folders in Windows 10 PC.

Reset Folder View in Windows 10

Via File Explorer Options

You can change the folder view settings both via File Explorer and via Windows Registry. Windows 10/8 File Explorer option is easier.

Press Win+E to open File Explorer and Click on File on the top menu ribbon.

Select “Change folder and search options”.

This will open the window shown below.

Reset Folder View in Windows 10

Go on ‘View’ tab and click on Reset Folders, if you want to reset all folders of this type to their default settings.

You can also adjust the folder settings manually by checking or un-checking the checkboxes mentioned under ‘Advanced Settings’ tab.

Under ‘General’ tab, you can tweak the settings like ‘opening each folder in same or a different window’ or ‘Single or double click to open a window’.

Select the options, click on Apply and you are done.

For Folder Settings in Windows 7, go to the toolbar > Organize, and select Folder and search options.

Using Windows Registry

Open Registry Editor by typing Regedit.exe

Navigate to the following key-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

Delete Bags and BagMRU subkeys

Reset Folder View in Windows 10

Exit the Registry Editor

You need to restart the explorer shell to make the changes take effect.

Related reads:

  1. Windows forgets Folder View settings
  2. How to set a default Folder View for all folders.
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