In folders with shortcuts (and junctions) I oftenly like to have mid-sized icons, sorted names and grouping by type. Alas, Explorer oftenly forgets these settings once I made them manually.

The natural solution would be desktop.ini. AFAIK it isn't possible to define view settings in desktop.ini. Command-line options are also very limited.

Is there a rundll32-trick we can use from a batch file? Even better, a shell extension would be useful that refines the useless "Burn" button in the explorer accordingly.

Thanks for any hints.

  • By "Manually", you are referring to setting through Normal GUI or through the Registry ?
    – Ankit
    Jan 24, 2013 at 15:28
  • Through the GUI. Where in the registry are the settings per folder stored? Maybe a simple batch-script could reset them for certain folders. Jan 30, 2013 at 8:24

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You might have luck with getting the view settings you want to "stick" by making sure that the settings are applied under the property dialog.

  1. First make the folder view as you would like it.
  2. Under Windows 7 open the folder view properties but clicking Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> View
  3. Click Apply to Folders.

Note this button might apply the same settings to more than one folder, it's not really clear.

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Regarding the burn button you can disable this through the registry:

  1. Type regedit in the run (search) box on the Start Menu and press Enter. It will open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key:


  3. In right-side pane create new DWORD called NoCDBurning and set its value to 1.

  4. Close the registry editor and you should see the Burn button disappear from the explorer.

  • Thank you. Applying settings to all folders might be helpful for some users. AFAIK it's an old trick that already worked in 9x. But I want to have sticky and reproducable view settings per folder, not one setup for everything. Also, the Burn-button itself is not the problem for me (I just thought we could reuse it). Jan 23, 2013 at 18:00

In Windows 7 there are five types of folders, probably when you changed the folder settings and "apply to folders", the aplication was only for the "general" type of view.

There is a large tutorial about how to configure the different types of view in howtogeek.

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