Windows 10: Change Folder Template in Windows 10

Discus and support Change Folder Template in Windows 10 in Windows 10 Tutorials to solve the problem; How to: Change Folder Template in Windows 10 How to Change the Template of a Drive, Folder, or Library in Windows 10 Windows 10 includes five... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Tutorials' started by Michael, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Michael Win User

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10


    How to: Change Folder Template in Windows 10

    How to Change the Template of a Drive, Folder, or Library in Windows 10

    Windows 10 includes five built-in templates that you can select to optimize the view of your drives, folders, and libraries for General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos.

    When you use a template, you will still be able to further customize the view to how you like.

    This tutorial will show you how to optimize a drive, folder, or library template for General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:

    EXAMPLE: Templates in Details view

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]







    OPTION ONE [/i] To Change Template of a Drive or Folder
    1. Open File Explorer, and do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open the properties page of the drive or folder.

    2. Right click or press and hold on a drive (except Windows drive) or folder that you want to change the template for, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. Open a drive (except Windows drive) or folder that you want to change the template for, right click or press and hold on an empty area of it's main window, click/tap on Customize this folder, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    4. Click/tap on the Customize tab, select a template in the Optimize this folder for drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

    *note You can also check the Also apply this template to all subfolders box if you wanted to quickly apply the selected template to all subfolders as well.

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION TWO [/i] To Change Template of a Library

    *note All added folders in a library share the same view settings, so when you change the template of a library, it is applied to all the folders in the library.

    1. Open File Explorer, and do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to change the template of a library.


    2. To Change Library Template in Ribbon
    A) Select or open a library (ex: Pictures) that you want to change the template for, click/tap on the Library Tools Manage tab, and select a template in the Optimize library for drop down menu on the ribbon. (see screenshot below)


    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    3. To Change Library Template in Library Properties
    A) Right click or press and hold on a library (ex: Pictures) that you want to change the template for, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    B) Select a template in the Optimize this library for drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION THREE [/i] To Change Template of All Folders using a BAT file

    *note Setting a folder template for all folders will also disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery. You will still always be able to manually change the template and view of any folder to what you like though.

    Automatic Folder Type Discovery is when Windows will automatically change the template of a folder to match the file type of the last file added or saved in the folder. For example, if your folder contains music files and you add a picture file, then Windows may change the folder template and view to the "Picture" template to match the new picture file.

    1. Do step 2 (default), step 3 (General items), step 4 (Documents), step 5 (Pictures), step 6 (Music), or step 7 (Videos) below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Restore Default Templates for All Folders
    *note This is the default setting.

    This will reset the template and views of all folders back to default, and enable Automatic Folder Type Discovery.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Reset_Folder_View_Settings_of_All_Folders_to_Default.bat

    Download

    3. To Set General items Template as Default for All Folders
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template.bat

    Download

    4. To Set Documents Template as Default for All Folders
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Documents_Folder_Template.bat

    Download

    5. Set Pictures Template as Default for All Folders
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Pictures_Folder_Template.bat

    Download

    6. Set Music Template as Default for All Folders
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Music_Folder_Template.bat

    Download

    7. Set Videos Template as Default for All Folders
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 8 below.

    All_Folders_Use_Videos_Folder_Template.bat

    Download
    8. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run the .bat file.

    9. Unblock the .bat file, and run the .bat file.

    10. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    11. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


    Related Tutorials

    :)
     
    Michael, Aug 4, 2015
    #1

  2. Unique views for individual folders

    I'm Greg, a volunteer installation specialist and 8 year WIndows MVP here to help you.

    The changes in File Templates in Windows 10 are best explained in this illustrated tutorial:

    https://winaero.com/blog/change-folder-view-tem...


    It shows how you can customize individual folders or across several types of folders.

    I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.
     
    Greg Carmack - Windows MVP, Aug 4, 2015
    #2
  3. Tryx3 Win User
    Tryx3, Aug 4, 2015
    #3
  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10

    Hello Michael, *Smile

    Yes, it will still work in Windows 10 as well.

    I had originally planned for this to be a per folder, but I'll get it added as an option to this tutorial today.
     
    Brink, Aug 4, 2015
    #4
  5. Brink
    Brink New Member
    @Michael,

    Tutorial has been updated to add that as OPTION THREE now. *Smile
     
    Brink, Aug 4, 2015
    #5
  6. Thanks Shawn. It was irritating that Downloads folder and few other folders were taking so much time to open even though I have a decent config laptop. Option 3 worked like a charm. *Biggrin
     
    vignesh247, Apr 1, 2016
    #6
  7. Brink
    Brink New Member
    You're most welcome vignesh. I'm glad it could help. *Smile
     
    Brink, Apr 1, 2016
    #7
  8. sflesch Win User

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10

    Excluding the bat files, since I don't want to do all my folders, any idea how to do this when browsing an Android device via USB??
     
    sflesch, Jun 11, 2016
    #8
  9. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Hello sflesch, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I don't think you can set a folder view on an Android device with this, or at least they won't be saved since it's a removable device.
     
    Brink, Jun 11, 2016
    #9
  10. sflesch Win User
    Thanks. It's the DCIM camera folder and comes up like a music folder (the details columns are music related). At least it did on my phone and then I changed the items showing under detail view, plugged in my wife's, which came up the same. I plugged mine back in and it stayed. Weird. Will check hers later.
     
    sflesch, Jun 11, 2016
    #10
  11. Brink
    Brink New Member
    It'll be interesting to hear your results.
     
    Brink, Jun 11, 2016
    #11
  12. OJA
    OJA Win User
    I have the same problem, every time I open the phone's DCIM folder, it takes a long time to list all files, due to either working out thumbnails, or column data I don't need (track, artist, album!?). Is there a quick way to apply my standard General Items view (Details, 4 columns sequenced/sized as I need them). I seem to forever be individually unticking 5 columns and ticking 1 in the DCIM folder Details view settings. All the Registry patches I've found work for fixed, Sata and USB drives, none of them work for removable smartphone connections - which always default to some Microsoft-hard-wired settings for Large Thumbnails or Details with (for me) bad columns. All my other folders are great, always Details with the columns I need. Maybe a batch file I can run when I've opened a phone's DCIM folder? Or a keyboard macro that starts with Ctrl-Shift-6, Tab, Shift-F10, M, Shift-F10, T, T, Enter, etc? Any help would be appreciated thanks.
     
  13. DaddyO Win User

    Change Folder Template in Windows 10

    Helpful Hint For Changing a Template (and sub-folders*Smile
    Copy a file into the folder before doing the template and sub-folder work.
    (I write copy just to emphasize not moving a file.)
    (It's probably a good idea to use a file that is like the template and folders you want to modify.)
    The issue:
    Say you are sitting in a folder (let's call it "Mu") with nothing but folders, like you have your music arranged in there by artist-folders but there is no actual music in the folder. You modify it and then apply something like adding the bit-rate and change it to be the first column, and you properly apply it to both the Music Folders template, and to All Sub-folders. The change appears in front of you just like you planned. Then you go to any sub-folder and there was no change.
    Try this:
    Simply copy any music file to the "Mu" folder. It will probably look like you intended it to because you basically know what you are doing. NOW do the template and sub-folder effort that didn't work earlier and go into any subfolder to find they are now like you had intended. Plus, if you go to any Music type folder it will be in your new desired and applied format.

    Now if I could find a way to make the standard English grammar practice of putting a colon inside of a closing parenthesis without having it automatically turn into an emoji! (like this*Smile
     
    DaddyO, Oct 29, 2016
    #13
  14. DaddyO Win User
    Sorry about the trouble, mate. Is the phone a Windows phone? Android?

     
    DaddyO, Oct 29, 2016
    #14
  15. OJA
    OJA Win User
    For me, previously on Windows 7 Pro and now on Windows 10 Pro, it happens on all external devices: Android Samsung Note 3, S6 and S7, Sony RX100-2 camera, GoPro Hero 3 Black, Ricoh Theta S camera, Sony PJ260 video camera and more. There's no issue with internal or USB-connected drives, flash drives or SD/MicroSD cards - all those folders consistently display with my global or individual folder view settings. But external devices ignore those and always display with some other (I assume) Windows default, which in my case slows listing down and displays (for me) useless data. I'm wondering if anyone knows where those defaults are stored and if they can be modified?
     
Thema:

Change Folder Template in Windows 10

Loading...
  1. Change Folder Template in Windows 10 - Similar Threads - Change Folder Template

  2. Registry location for: "Optimize this folder for" templates

    in Windows 10 Support
    Registry location for: "Optimize this folder for" templates: Hey all, I was wondering if anyone knew where the regedit location was for these default templates? I want to change the Picture template from Large to Extra Large. Basically I know of three ways to change folder views: Manually using the view quickbar - which is tedious....
  3. modified settings folder templates forgotten

    in Windows 10 Support
    modified settings folder templates forgotten: I modify my folder templates to my liking. During a certain period (for instance some weeks) this modification is remembered. But suddenly only the default templates are active again. Any suggestion why this happens? W10 pro; v1803 124074
  4. File Explorer > Folder Type Template?

    in Windows 10 Customization
    File Explorer > Folder Type Template?: For the most part, I do not mind Explorer's autodetecting the folder type (Music, Videos, etc). However, one thing that I miss from Windows 7 is being able to set the "style" for a folder type... where I could choose to display certain columns and have Explorer display those...
  5. Folder Template Problem.

    in Windows 10 Support
    Folder Template Problem.: My default folder template in program files and program files(x86) suddenly change to Pictures type template. I don't want to change it manually 1 by 1. And whenever I install a program, the newly created folder template is always Pictures type folder, not the usual...
  6. Changing Built-In Folder View Templates For Windows Explorer

    in Windows 10 Support
    Changing Built-In Folder View Templates For Windows Explorer: Hi everyone, In short, Windows 10 Anniversary has some nasty Windows Explorer (aka Windows File Explorer) habits which didn't exist in previous versions, so I'm trying to find a way to work around them until Microsoft gets off its behind and fixes them. The specific...
  7. Windows choice folder template chaotic

    in Windows 10 Support
    Windows choice folder template chaotic: When I create a new folder on desktop or elsewhere (no files in it yet) it chooses as template "video" or sometimes "music" but not "general items". When I copy nested folders with files, which all have the template "general items", to a new location all these folders get...
  8. Change Copy Name Extension Template in Windows

    in Windows 10 Tutorials
    Change Copy Name Extension Template in Windows: How to: Change Copy Name Extension Template in Windows [img] Information When you copy a file or folder to the same location, a copy of that file or folder will be created with the - Copy extension at the end of the filename by default. This tutorial will show you how...
  9. Change Shortcut Name Extension Template in Windows

    in Windows 10 Tutorials
    Change Shortcut Name Extension Template in Windows: How to: Change Shortcut Name Extension Template in Windows How to Change Default Shortcut Name Extension Template in Windows 7, 8, and 10 [img] Information A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, or app) on your PC. When you right click or press...
  10. Change New Folder Name Template in Windows

    in Windows 10 Tutorials
    Change New Folder Name Template in Windows: How to: Change New Folder Name Template in Windows How to Change Default New Folder Name Template in Windows A folder is a location where you can store your files. You can create any number of folders and even store folders inside other folders (subfolders). When you...