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How to change default View to List?

By macx
Nov 11, 2008
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  1. As the title says, I'd love to change the default folder file listing format to LIST
    rather than using icons - so it stays in that format.

    How to?

    Esp on a flash drive, etc.

    THANKS!!
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    In Explorer, set the view you want
    Click Tools->Folder Options then the View tab
    Click the button to apply the view to all Folders
  3. sent12b

    sent12b TS Rookie Posts: 21

    To change the default startup folder for Windows Explorer: 1. Click Start , point to All Programs , point to Accessories , and then right-click Windows Explorer .
    2. On the menu that appears, click Properties .
    3. In the Target box, append the "/root" command-line switch to the "%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe" command, using the startup location that you want. For example, if you want Windows Explorer to start at the root of drive C, edit the command to the following:
    %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /root, C:\
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Hi sent12b
    - On the one hand i think the OP just wanted to change their default folder view vs. location
    - On the other hand, i keep meaning to change my own default folder location but never seem to get around looking up "how to". So THANKS! Will apply your answer :grinthumb
  5. macx

    macx TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 743

    Yes, that's correct. And going into the above path I didn't get to anythng that allows me to do that?

    EDIT: I think I just figured it out. Went into a big folder with lots of sub-=folders, set it to List, then went into Tools Folder Options etc. So far so good.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Member since: Sep 2005

    macx, you must have known this, it's very basic
    I'm not trying to insult (or intending to) But a member for 3yrs, that's a while !
  7. macx

    macx TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 743

    Not to worry! I'm mostly a novice compared to folks like you and things that I don't do very often I tend to forget how. So, to refresh my memory when I know i've done it sometime in the past but can't remember where to find it, I turn to the experts here.

    Besides, when you don't have much to brag about, there's not much to offend either! ;-)

    I found this super resource when I tackled spec'ing then assembling and loading my own desktop. Never could have done it without all the great help and advice.

    As I have a very wide range of interests, I don't spend a whole lot of time on any one, so come here when I encounter a problem. (also, I'm currently working 6 to 7 11's to 12's, doesn't leave a whole lot of time! - so, when I run into a problem I don't have time to fiddle with it and learn it for myself).

    Thanks again to all you helpful people!!
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Sure made something easy complicated! I don't imagine you want ALL the files to display in List view so this would have been the easiest way:

    Open from Windows Explorer> click on View icon (NOT View on the Toolbar) to the right of word Folder > choose the view.

    It's a square window with dots> click on arrow point to the right to choose view.

    Pretty simple.
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Hmm.... Now how many chefs does it take.... :chef: :)

    ..... ==> So i do think OP wants List as folder default. (Heck, my folder default is Details)

    So macx, just open Explorer. Set the view you like. Click Tools->Folder Options
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    Click View tab, click Apply to All
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  10. macx

    macx TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 743

    Yes, actually I do want all files & folders to view in List format.
    Once in awhile when I want something different then I can change
    on a case by case basis.

    Got it figured out, I'm now Listing ; -)

    Thx guys!
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