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In Windows 10 I am able to set the default File Explorer view to "Details", and it persists as that view.

For File Explorer search results, however, I have found no way to make the view persist.

Is it possible to persist File Explorer search results have "Details" view in Windows 10?

  • Have you tried the Save search capability to see if it retains your view within that format? – Run5k Nov 4 '16 at 19:08
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    Weird, it persists for me. Open a single Explorer instance, search for something, switch to View tab and switch to details. Then close that explorer instance. Open explorer, search again, it should be in detail view still, does that work for you? The trick seems to be that if you move to another location (different drive, folder, etc.) and then perform a search it will won't be in Detail view until you repeat it for that folder. Is that what you're experiencing as well? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 4 '16 at 19:08
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 You're exactly right. It keeps the setting for the specific folder but not for other folders. In previous versions of Windows it would be preserved across all folders. This is definitely not behavior that I want. – GaTechThomas Nov 4 '16 at 21:58
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    Here is a registry fix. Search Results defaults to Content View in Windows 10 – w32sh Dec 24 '16 at 5:20
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To summarize the comment from @w32sh, add the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943}

Then, add the following DWORDs under that key:

"LogicalViewMode" = 1
"Mode"= 4

The results should pick up immediately by launching Windows Explorer and performing a search.

If that does not work for you, then delete (or, for safety until you've tested, rename) the following two keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags
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    Can also copy/paste the registry text here into a .reg file and double click to push into the registry, worked for me: winhelponline.com/blog/… – tbone Oct 25 '18 at 2:08
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    @tbone Thanks. Just be careful when using .reg files without knowing what every line does. A single value can create a massive security hole on a computer. – GaTechThomas Oct 26 '18 at 22:58

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