How can I keep the columns consistent in Explorer's DETAIL view

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Jim, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Hmmm..this is becoming a major annoyance. When I look at a fodler
    listing in detail view, I invariably want to see things like Date
    Created and Date Modified.

    If there are any pictures in the folder, Vista insists on showing me
    columns like Date Take, Tags, Rating etc - all of which are pointless
    to me!

    Is there any way so that ALL folders show the same set of columns when
    viewed in Detail view? Or can I set a default column-list somewhere?

    Many thanks,

    Jim, Feb 4, 2007
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  2. Jim

    Chad Harris Guest


    Let me know if this works. I included some refs but they aren't needed to
    get this done. Once you set these columns you can right click to the right
    of the particular colum heading and select Group By (I'm not on Vista now
    but it's similar to those words and you will get headings as letters of the
    alphabet and they all should ***stick.

    When you open an explorer folder, note that at the lower left there is an

    1) Go to the bottom of the folder on the left where if you create a new
    folder on your desktop there will be a new folder icon in the lower left
    corner or if like I always do you substitute one of thousands of favicons in
    your favicon collection or one of thousands of icons native to Windows
    Vista, it's .dlls, .exes, and its downloaded programs and zip files via the
    Change or Modify Icon dialogue box. If you have named the folder it will
    have the name of the folder. If you have subbed an icon for the folder,
    that icon will be there.

    2) Right click that folder or icon and in the categories listed there that
    look like this:

    Sort By
    Group By
    Stack By

    Date Modified


    Click MORE and you will have the opportunity to customize and choose and
    TAILOR WHICH OF OVER 120 column headings you want to confer on whichever
    view you then choose and whichever way you choose to sort, group, or stack.

    The way I do it because it works for me and is analagous to the Show in
    Groups that was brought in during Windows XP is to go up to name where y ou
    can choose

    Stack by Name

    and I choose Stck by Name because this is analagous to the bold headings of
    an index in a book except that they are headings now in Vista and I would
    have made them more bold. By name means they will be grouped alphabetically
    and then for the column headings I want, I do what I described above.

    For my downloads folder, I choose Sort by "Date Modified" or I just do that
    after a download so that I can easily locate many of the non-ituitively
    named downloads with characters and less obvious names on them. Everyone
    knows what I mean by that, because everyone sees those.

    For ref:

    Vista Folder FAQ

    Press Alt Key to Show Menus in Explorer Folders Vista

    Windows Explorer Vista

    Organize Folders Vista

    Windows Vista Folders

    Shell Team Video Exploring and Using Vista

    Paul Thurrott Explorer in Vista

    Chad Harris, Feb 4, 2007
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  3. In folders that have already 'sniffed' the content and applied an unwanted
    template, you can restore the standard template (& associated columns) by
    opening the folder's Properties dialog, selecting the 'Customize' tab, and
    selecting 'All Items' as the template.

    If you want to modify the default columns displayed for folders using the
    'All Items' template, just open any folder using that template, configure
    the view to your liking, then click 'Organize' -> 'Folder & Search
    Options' -> 'View' tab -> 'Apply to Folders'

    To override content-sniffing and make 'All Items' the default template for
    all folders, you need to edit the registry. Copy the text between the
    dashed lines, paste into Notepad, and save the file with a .reg extension.
    Double-click the .reg file you've created to merge the information into the
    registry. Watch out for line wrap -- each registry key name [HKEY...]
    should be a single line. I'll risk the wrath of the purists and attach it
    as text file as well -- just save the attachment and then change its
    extension to .reg and proceed as above.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    Keith Miller MVP, Feb 4, 2007
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