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Details View in Files and Folders...

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
For some reason my computer has just today decided on its own to begin displaying icons rather than details in files and folders, contrary to the settings I have been using forever.

Is there a registry tweak that I can make that will enforce the Details View in files and folders?

Yes, I have already spent a couple of hours resetting things multiple times via Folder Options.

Thanks in advance.

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Have you

by Jacky Howe In reply to Details View in Files and ...

downloaded and installed anything recently.
You could try a System Restore.
< Registry Key >
To solve this issue :

1. Start REGEDIT.EXE
2. Delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU"

3. Delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags"

4. Close REGEDIT.EXE

Restart the PC

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Thank you True Blue...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Have you

no, nothing new downloaded and installed. Though I have been downloading a lot of student exams and homework today. But those are just .zips of Word documents and Access databases. Haven't starting unzipping, yet.

Again, thanks!

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I haven't seen this one before :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thank you True Blue...

But it is caused by the Registry becoming corrupt.

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Yeah...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I haven't seen this one b ...

corrupt registry no doubt. But I just want to get through the next few days. She needs to be redone, due to the boot partition sitting on a completely different drive than the rest of Windows. I am rather uncomfortable with that. Not sure why, but there it is.

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Yeah, I can share a few thoughts...

by nepenthe0 In reply to Details View in Files and ...

When Boxfiddler asks for help, I shudder, because you know everything.

If you are running XP Pro, you probably know that Windows will only remember the size/position for 40 folders. Once you create folder 41, the cache starts being overwritten, and the new folders open in the default display.

Great minds think alike - I also prefer Details view, and use classic appearance.

As you know, one must inform Windows to save this template. In Explorer, click tools > folder options > view > Apply to All Folders. Alas, that doesn't solve the 40 folder cache problem.

There is an expensive fix, which I suggest with some trepidation, because there is a lot of antipathy towards Adobe amongst the TR participants. If you can limit yourself to 40 folders, your folder appearance problem is resolved.

With Acrobat, you can convert almost anything into .pdf and then make huge compilations indexed by bookmarks. I might open a 2,000 page .pdf file, click a bookmark, and instantly view the selected page. Awesome.

Whenever I need to extract some pages (perhaps to attach to an e-mail), this is accomplished in seconds. Files saved in .pdf usurp significantly less storage than their native format (unless, of course, the native format was .bmp or .tiff).

So, at the risk of incurring the wrath of yet another esteemed TR expert, see if you qualify for Adobe's educational discount. The Acrobat Professional license (Acrobat Pro allows you to create interactive .pdf forms) retails for $449, but is only $120 for students.

Aren't you a student, Boxfiddler? Once you have thoroughly familiarized yourself with Acrobat, you will wonder how you organized your life (er, your computer) without it.

Disclaimer: I purchased Acrobat for $120 as a student. I would never pay $449 for Acrobat...

Hope this helps.

Rick/Portland, OR

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Believe you me, nepenthe0...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Yeah, I can share a few t ...

I do NOT know everything. Just a lot of simple things re: Windows. If I present that appearance - either for real or obnoxiously - I hereby apologize.

I do have the full suite student version of Acrobat 07. And, in addition to being a teacher, I am indeed still a student!

Thanks for taking the time to respond!

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Just to add to the list...

Organize files and folders.

Your computer puts information at your fingertips. Over time, however, you might have so many files that it can be difficult to find the specific file you need. Just like a physical filing cabinet, your computer files can benefit from better organization.
In order to keep your information organized, try these tips:
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First, create a folder structure that organizes your files according to category.
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Once you've done that, you will be able to find most files by simply clicking the folder. If a folder has a large number of files, you can use the Details view to locate the file you need.
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If you aren't sure which folder contains the file you need, you can search your computer for the file.
Create a folder structure
The most effective way to organize your files is to create a folder structure that fits how you use your computer. For example, you might have folders within My Documents for:
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Finances: Documents related to your budget and taxes
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School: Class notes and reports
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Work: Your r?sum? and other work-related documents
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Shopping: Notes comparing different products and stores
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Home: Records relating to home maintenance and improvements
To create a folder structure
1.
Click Start, and then click My Documents.
Click the File menu, click New, and then click Folder.
Type the name for your new folder, and then press ENTER.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to create additional folders.
Note: You can create sub-folders within folders for multiple levels of organization.
After you have created your folder structure, you can move files into your new folders
1.
In My Documents, select the files or folders that you want to move. To select multiple files, hold down the CTRL key and click each file you want to select.
2.
Click the Edit menu, and then click Cut.
Open the folder you want to store your files in. Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste.


Repeat steps 1-3 until you have moved all of your files to their new locations.
Now that you have an organized system of folders, when you save new files, be sure to save them in one of your folders to keep things organized.
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Browsing files
Sometimes you know where a file is stored, but there are so many files in the folder that it's difficult to find the file you want. The best way to search through a large folder is to use the Details view. The Details view allows you to quickly sort your files and view different types of information about all the files in a folder.
To use the Details view
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Open the folder you want to browse
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Click the Views button, and then click Details.
To sort the files, click the column heading that you want to sort by. For example, to sort files from oldest to newest, click the Date Modified heading. To reverse the sort order (for example, to sort from newest to oldest), click the column heading twice.

By default, the Details view shows the file name, date, size, and type. You can add other information as well. To add or remove columns, right-click a column heading, and then click More.
In the Choose Details dialog box, select the columns you want to see in the Details view. For pictures and videos, you can add Dimensions to sort by size. For music, you can add Artist, Album Title, and Genre to make it easier to find the songs you want.
Click OK to add the columns to your Details view.
When you modify the columns in the Details view, it affects only the folder you are viewing. To change the layout of all folders on your computer, read Specify how folders open

Searching for files
If you don't remember which folder you saved a file in, you can search for it. To search for a file
1.
Click Start, and then click Search.
In the left pane, click the type of file you want to search for, or click All files and folders.
Based on the type of file you chose to search for, specify your criteria. If you know part of the file name, type it. Then click Search.
Windows XP searches your computer, which may take several minutes. Windows XP then displays the search results, which you can browse just like files in a folder. Once you are done searching, click Yes, finished searching.
Tip: If you want to view any of the search results, double-click the file and it will open in the relevant application. You can do this as many times as necessary to find the file you need.

Note: For even faster search results, download and install the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search. With Windows Desktop Search, you can find files on your computer in just a few seconds.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/filemgmt.mspx

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Tips and Tweaks here..

http://www.tweakxp.com/article37535.aspx

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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