Tweak “Apply to Folders”


We all know this from previous Windows versions, so it’s kinda normal people don’t expect different behavior from the same option. But if there was no difference, what would I be writing about here, right?
In, say XP, a click on “Apply to Folders” would store these settings for everything. I usually like to go with “Details”. In Vista it’s more complex than that. It differs between various kinds of folders. And (this is where the problems start) it also tries to detect the type automatically.
So if you feel that the detection doesn’t work for you most of the time, or that you rather restore the behavior of XP, or that it’s too much pain to apply your own settings everywhere, do this:


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

with that you are only resetting the folder views that are already stored.

Now go to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]

and create


That disables the autodiscovery.

Restart the explorer and make your settings once. Done.

Of course, as always, for convenience everything can be stored in a *.reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
“Folder Type”=”NotSpecified”


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