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I have Windows 7 and I am wondering how to make all items in a folder show up in the detail view by default. How can I accomplish this?

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This tutorial will show you How to Apply a Specific Folder View to All Folders in Windows 7

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Using Windows Explorer

  1. Find a folder that has the view that you want or pick a folder that you want to change.
  2. Follow the instructions from To apply the current view setting to other folders:

    1. Open a folder, click the arrow next to the Views button on the toolbar, and choose a view setting.

    2. On the toolbar, click Organize, and then click Folder and search options.

    3. In the Folder Options dialog box, click the View tab, click Apply to Folders, click Yes, and then click OK.

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Using the Registry Editor

  1. Start the Registry Editor regedit.exe.
  2. Go to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
  3. Delete the Bags key.

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    Note: There also seem to be other registry keys that may be related to this issue. Vistax64 lists these keys:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags

    Please refer to their article to determine how to remove (and re-create) these keys.

Using REG

  1. Run the following command

    REG DELETE "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags" /f
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