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How to Make Folder Views Consistent across Vista

Compared to Windows XP, Vista has more options in folder views. The folder views may not be consistent across all folders. Sometimes one folder will shows list details and other one shows folders in thumbnails. Many times you would like to see same folder views across all folders in Vista. Setting the folder view same across all folders is a simple step.



To set folder views same across all folders, first select the folder view which you would like to have from the views menu.

vista folder options

Once you have select the view, click Organize menu and select Folder and Search Options. Select View tab in the dialog and click the Apply to Folders button to have this view across all folders.

select options

Now check the folders and you can see the same view across all folders. This method applies to Windows XP as well.

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  1. Elections photos

    March 25, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    It’s the same as in Windows XP.

  2. Nirmal

    March 26, 2008 at 11:35 am

    @Elections photos,
    Yea its same as XP, I have mentioned it.

  3. Joel

    March 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    It would be great if there is more customization on this….sometimes it gets little nagging…

  4. Tommyboy

    May 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

    🙁 This did not work for me. I want to view them as detailed and after trying this, I get most of them in detailed mode and some in large icon mode. Never had this problem before until Vista. Really kind of annoying. Any suggestions??? ❓

  5. jason

    November 17, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    rhis did not work for me. I went to click the ‘Apply To Folders’ button but it is ALWAYS DISABLED and cannot be clicked on. I have full administrative privelages, too. Anybody have the same problem?

  6. TDHeller

    June 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Just the thing I was looking for!
    Now all of my Photo directories display in the same consistent way.

  7. Mike

    July 29, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    In Vista, how do I make a selection of pictures into one folder and move that folder to “my pictures”?

  8. AnnoyedVistaUser

    January 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    This is simply not correct. Whoever wrote this article has gone on the basis that Vista acts like XP which it doesn’t.

    I regularly set the folder settings then ask Vista to apply it to all but it ignores me and seems to want to set it ****ing randomly.


  9. annoyed

    January 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

    doesnt work for me either. vista sucks

  10. Jimmy Mac

    April 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    annoyed says:
    January 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

    doesnt work for me either. vista sucks

    I AGREE!

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