I like to set my Windows/File Explorer from the Folder Options/View tab to have the following options:

  • check - Always show menus
  • check - Show hidden files, folders, or drives
  • uncheck - Hide empty drives in Computer Folder
  • uncheck - hide extensions for known file types
  • uncheck - Hide protected operating system files
  • check - Launch folder windows in a separate process
  • check - Restore previous folder windows at logon

And then Apply that view to all folders.

Is there a fast way to set this for multiple machines? Are these stored in a registry setting or ini file?

  • These will be stored in a registry key. You can export each of them and then combine them into a single .reg file. Then, you can either run that reg file under each user account that you want to have the settings applied, or find a way to automate loading the user registry hives and applying it from a server, or pushing it out through group policy. Jul 8, 2013 at 14:44
  • do you know which key(s)?
    – Keltari
    Jul 8, 2013 at 14:46
  • Not specifically, which is why I made that a comment instead of an answer. They shouldn't be too hard to look up one by one. Jul 8, 2013 at 14:47

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  • AlwaysShowMenus
  • Hidden
  • HideDrivesWithNoMedia
  • HideFileExt
  • ShowSuperHidden
  • SeparateProcess
  • PersistBrowsers
  • excellent. now i can make a .reg and just put it in a shared folder.
    – Keltari
    Jul 8, 2013 at 17:07

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