Fix: Windows forgets Folder View settings

If you find that your Windows 7 / 8 forgets Folder View settings or does not remember it, you can try this registry modification. The usual way to reset a Folder Type View Settings is as follows: : Open Explorer > Folder Options > View tab > Reset Folders OK > Apply/OK.

If you want Windows to remember Folder View settings, you have to select the Remember each folder’s view settings check box under the Advanced settings menu on the View tab of Folder Options in Control Panel. But even if you have selected the Remember each folder’s view settings check box, but your Windows does not remember your folder settings, then this article may interest you.

Specifically, you may be facing the following issues in Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP:

  • Microsoft Windows does not remember the View settings for a folder when you reopen the folder. That is, even the Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List, Details, etc, settings are not remembered.
  • Windows does not remember the size or the position of a folder window when you reopen the folder.
  • An incorrect thumbnail image is displayed for a folder.
  • The thumbnail image does not appear for a folder.

Windows 7 / 8 forgets Folder View settings

Windows may keep forgetting the folder type view settings. This occurs because by default, Windows Vista or Windows 7 is set to remember folder view settings for only 5000 folders. In Windows XP it was 400, but has been increased in Windows Vista it is 5000. The way out is to increase this value to, say, 10000 folders.

You can do so as follows:

Open regedit and navigate to the following registry key:

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

In the right side pane, rightt click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value > Name it BagMRU Size.


Next right click BagMRU Size > Click Modify.


Select Decimal and type 10000 (or in Hexadecimal base type 2710). Click OK. Reboot.For some good reads & discussions on this, do visit Technet Blogs.

Windows does not remember folder view settings

While you can always edit the registry manually above, the details of which can be found in KB813711 to correct this issue, you might instead want to run the Diagnose and repair Windows File and Folder Problems automatically troubleshooter and let it fix the problem for you.

This package scans your computer and detects if the computer is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

For example, if the computer is running Windows Vista or Windows 7, this MATS package verifies that one of the following conditions is true:

The NoSaveSettings registry value in the following registry subkey does not equal to 1:


Additionally, the BagMRU Size registry value in the following registry subkey does not exist or is less than 5000:

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

The highest subkey number in the following registry subkey is greater than 20% of the BagMRU Size registry value:

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

Incidentally, this MATS package will also fix other explorer.exe errors like:

  • Can’t empty the Recycle Bin in Windows XP or in Windows Vista
  • The file or folder does not exist error in Windows Vista
  • Network or file permission or folder does not exist error
  • Can’t select multiple items after upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista
  • Icons change incorrectly in Windows.

You can also use FixWin to Reset the Folder View to Default.

Ported from WinVistaClub.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Ted

    ANY other ideas?
    This didn’t work. In fact, it did nothing. So, any other ideas?

  • gsdgfdg

    You probably have a 64bit system so try navigating here instead: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesWow6432NodeLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell and setting the BagMRU Size to something way more than the default 5000 like 50000. If even this doesn’t do the trick then try this which will reset all folder view settings once incase they are corrupted and after that they shouldn’t keep resetting anymore: (still set the BagMRU Size to 50000 instead of 5000)

  • eaglesgift

    No such registry key named Local Settings under HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesWow6432Node, only CLSID and Interface, so not possible to do what you suggest

  • goldielox

    Yeah, there is no registry entry like that for me on 64 bit system either.

  • 123

    windows 8.1 has the same problem.
    automatic solution doesn’t work because ms didn’t upgrade the tool for 8.1.
    manual solution doesn’t work because of the same reason as the people below – there’re only 2 subfolders in Wow6432Node, even though I can access the hidden subfolders with 3rd party software, I still won’t be able to modify the keys.

  • Jed

    does anyone found a solution to this?

  • awais

    there is one option but it will apply the same view to all folders, for example if you want your folder view settings as list fro all the folders on your pc. then

    1. open any folder
    2. Change view setting so your desired settings for example list
    3. now click on organize and select “folder and search options ”
    4. go to view tab
    5. click on apply to folders.

    This will apply the same settings to each and every folder.

  • NegativeMan

    NOW this problem is in Windows 10 !

  • Faklkenhayn

    I have the same problem with windows 10 and find no answer yet.

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