Feb 102008

I am sure some people consider the function of Vista changing views of folders to match the content a great feature, but if I tell Vista I want details folder view and I apply this view to “ALL FOLDERS”, I don’t want Vista changing a folder view.

How can I stop Vista changing views on me?

Here is an example of what I am talking about. I have a folder with three text files in it, I then drop ten picture files in the folder, the next time I open the folder the view has changed from details to picture view.


Be aware that the ‘Apply to Folders’ option only affects folders of the same type or template, e.g. ‘All Items’, ‘Documents’, ‘Pics & Video’, etc. So if you want to set list view as the default for all the major folder types, you need to use ‘Apply to Folders’ five times, once from each type of folder.

That being said, you can force the ‘All Items’ template on to all folders with the following:

Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg file.

atch out for line wrap — [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Shell] is all one line,there is a space between ‘Local’ and ‘Settings’.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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


Merging the .reg file will set the ‘All Items’ template for any folders that don’t currently have a view saved with a different template. You can clear all saved views by deleting the

“HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags”

key BEFORE merging the .reg file. If any folders open with a different template after clearing the ‘Bags’ key & merging the .reg file, they most likely have a template specified via their desktop.ini file.


Simply download this .reg file and Save on your desktop now you need to right click on .reg file select Merge

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  6 Responses to “Force the All Items view to all folders in Vista”

  1. OH YES! i’m looking for this tips since a while

    Tank You Again :)

  2. Cheers, that one was really beginning to bug me!

  3. Thank you for posting this! It drives me nuts when they try to make technology so user-friendly that it becomes difficult to make it do anything they haven’t set it up to do.

  4. THANK YOU!!!

    The Vista Experience has room for improvement.

  5. Thank you. THIS WAS DRIVING ME NUTZ! Great Fix. It was just crazy. Save a view and it never stuck or it picked the wrong view. Thanks!


  6. Works for Windows 7 too.

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