How to make all of your folders have the same "View" in Windows XP

by Ross McKillop on January 23, 2007

Windows

To set Windows to display all of your folders with the same View, follow the steps outlined below…

  1. First, select the View that you want to use. The following screenshots illustrate each choice -

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  2. When you’ve set the one you want to use, select Tools and then Folder Options… from the drop-down list.
  3. Select the View tab at the top, and before you click any buttons, review the options in the Advanced settings: pane. Be careful when changing the defaults, for example you may want to keep system files hidden, so they don’t accidentally get deleted. When you’re finished, click the Apply to All Folders button, and then the OK button.
  4. From now on when you open folders like My Computer or My Documents, they should all share the same View.