The Compact view is a new feature in File Explorer that you can use to decrease or increase space between items. The recent Insider release of Windows 10 has received this unique feature that uses a new layout with extra padding in the File Explorer – It will soon be rolled out to the stable version too.
File Explorer is a graphical user interface that provides a centralized location for the user’s files. It secures data and allows the user to read, write and make changes in the document. Since the file explorer saves and keeps the record of various documents, its display plays an important role while the user searches for a document. The newly added feature in file explorer is a compact display that decreases the in-between spaces of files and provides a wider view to the user. This post is a complete guide on how to enable or disable Compact view in Windows 10 File Explorer.
How to disable Compact view in Explorer in Windows 10
The new feature comes with extra padding in the file list and the navigation bar that is based on the uniform look of all apps in Windows 10. If you want to enable or disable Compact view on Windows 10, follow the below suggestions:
- Press Windows+E to open File Explorer.
- Then go to the View tab in the ribbon.
- Double-click on Options to open the File Explorer Options window.
- Go to the View tab and check the box next to the Decrease space between items (compact view) option.
- Click Apply > OK.
To get it started, press the Windows+E keyboard shortcut to launch the File Explorer window directly. Once it opens, go to the ribbon area and select the View tab.
Under the View tab, go to the right end of the ribbon and double-click on Options to open the File Explorer Options earlier called Folder Options.
Inside the Folder Options window, switch to the View tab.
Under the Advanced settings section, check the Decrease space between items (compact view) option to enable the feature.
If you want to disable the feature, simply uncheck the same box and click the Apply button and then select OK to save the changes.
That’s it. Hope it helps.
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