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Is there a keyboard shortcut to switch to a specific view in windows 7 explorer, e.g. "details", "list", "large icons" etc?

Or do I have to use the mouse to change the view via dropdown menu "Change your view" / toggle views by clicking the icon (which does not toggle through all of the views).

Why I want this: if I navigate to a folder Windows guesses which view might be the best. Sometimes it is right, sometimes it is wrong. Then I want to quickly change, e.g. to "list" to see more files, or to "details" to see columns, or "to extra large icons" to get thumbnails. I think this is quicker via keyboard than via mouse.


I have accepted the sort of obvious answer, using multiple shortcuts to remote control the hidden menu. Currently I am using an AutoHotkey script, inspired by an answer to a related question:

#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass
; alt+1 list
; alt+2 details
; alt+3 large icons
; alt+4 extra large icons
!1::Send !v{down 5}{enter}
!2::Send !v{down 6}{enter}
!3::Send !v{down 2}{enter}
!4::Send !v{down 1}{enter}

With this I can switch the views I use with alt+1 to alt+4. (Note that the script in the linked answer makes Explorer look for files containing the 'v' character. I fixed that.)

Both solutions have one disadvantage in common: showing and hiding the menubar leads to visible flickering. To fix this the menubar would have to be displayed permanently. Or maybe AutoHotkey knows some tricks to execute a menu command without making the menubar visible first. But I don't know about that.

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

What about ALT + V + D for details, ALT + V + L for list, etc?

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For international users, replace the V and the D in Alt, V, D by the first letter of View and Details in your language. In French, the shortcut is Alt, A, D – Clément Oct 28 '12 at 15:29
it's a shame but i don't think it works for windows 8 – RoboShop Apr 27 '13 at 13:11

In Windows 8 you can use the following shortcuts for view modes:

CTRL + SHIFT + 1 Extra Large
CTRL + SHIFT + 2 Large Icons
CTRL + SHIFT + 3 Medium Icons
CTRL + SHIFT + 4 Small Icons
CTRL + SHIFT + 5 List
CTRL + SHIFT + 6 Details
CTRL + SHIFT + 7 Tiles
CTRL + SHIFT + 8 Content

In Windows 7 for English exibition language you can use the the following:

ALT (Left) + v + x = Extra large icons
ALT (Left) + v + r = Large icons
ALT (Left) + v + m = Mediom icons
ALT (Left) + v + n = Small icons
ALT (Left) + v + l = List
ALT (Left) + v + d = Details
ALT (Left) + v + s = Tiles
ALT (Left) + v + t = Content

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It is Ctrl + Alt + [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8] for me on Windows 10. – Omar Tariq Oct 20 '15 at 5:33

You can use Strg + Scrollingwheel. With this combination you can switch between the views. It isn´t a keyboard shortcut, I guess, because you need to use the mouse but maybe it will do the trick ;-)

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Thanks for the suggestion. Not really what I am looking for though: it takes many spins of the wheel to get to a specific view (which is what I asked). Also, if I already use the mouse I might just as well select the view directly ;-) – deepc Sep 6 '10 at 2:29

In Windows 7

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. System
  3. Advanced system settings
  4. At Advanced tab, click on "Performance settings"
  5. Click Advanced tab. Place a check into the box: "Show thumbnails instead of icons"
  6. Click Apply and OK.

The above does the trick.

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