Problem: Windows 7 doesn’t remember view settings for individual folders

If you’re using Windows 7, you must have noticed that very often your folder view preferences get messed up. The thumbnail view for your gallery changes to List and the detail listing for your documents changes to thumbnails. This is extremely frustrating and after searching around a bit, I finally came across this thread that seems to explain the problem. A user by name of ‘Graham Laws’ has finally answered the problem:


Hi Guys.

There is two scenarios with remembering views (Windows 7):
1. Libraries – Don’t Remember
2. Folders / Favourites – DO Remember (Easy Fix : Add My Docs to Favourites – see below)
Library Behaviour
Lets say you click Documents, then choose ‘medium icons’, wherever you navigate within Documents from then on stays in ‘med icon’ view.
NB Choosing Organize>Fold & Search Options>View>’Apply to Folders’ and ‘Reset Folders’ are not available in Libraries.
Folders / Favourites
Folders do remember views by default. So if you navigate to C:\users\xxx\Documents etc each individual folder in the tree will remember whatever you set it to.
Likewise if you add ‘My Documents’ to Favourites and navigate from there. To add ‘My Docs’ to Favourites you need to navigate to your User Folder e.g:
i)Start Menu> User Folder> My Docs
ii) Rt-click ‘Favourites’ > ‘Add current location to favourites’
DO NOT add ‘My Docs’ to Favourites from within Libraries. As it is ‘Libraries’ that ignore last view setting.
NB Choosing Organize>Fold & Search Options>View>’Apply to Folders’ and ‘Reset Folders’ are available in Folders. So you can make all folders copy your current view (Apply to folders).

Hope this helps.
  • Proposed As Answer byGraham Laws Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:20 PM


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