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folder view settings are not remembered in W7

May 23, 2012 at 21:40:28
Specs: Windows W7, athlon II X2 250/4 GB
In XP there was a folder option under view that said 'remember each folder's view settings'. This disappeared in W7. Change one folder to not have a navigation pane and all do not have it. I can't find any way to have one folder show icons and another folder show the navigation pane. Why MS would remove that kind of useful functionality is beyond me. W7 is an overblown piece of you-know-what compared to XP. Does anyone have an answer to this. Previous posts ended without any solution and I'm afraid that there is none. Is it just that MS just decided that one size fits all?

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May 24, 2012 at 03:58:48
You got it all wrong about Windows 7 - for one thing it's far more stable than Windows XP and better in may ways too numerous to list here.

The folder options is not "one size fits all", that in fact is how it was with Windows XP.
In Windows 7 you have the freedom to have different view settings for every folder because it "remembers" the last view setting for that folder.

XP didn't give you that.

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May 24, 2012 at 17:07:34
Sure, Windows 7 has advantages but I've found XP very stable indeed.

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May 24, 2012 at 17:58:42
u are way off base on this. Tools/folder options/view in XP had a checkbox for remember each folder's view settings. that was 'removed by design' in W7. It no longer exists there. It was not one size fits all in XP. It is that way in W7.
which links to microsoft:
and bears out what I am saying.

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May 24, 2012 at 18:01:15
and, phil, you might want to look at what all the other people are saying about this... which is exactly what I was posting about. no one had any answers. A collegue found some which are the links that I added to my reply.

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May 24, 2012 at 18:12:49
I should have mentioned in #2:

On my XP I have a range of different Folder settings and they hold just fine.
For example, on the desktop I have folders, some of which contain items which
are List others are Icons. I even have sub-folders which are set differently. All I
did was right click and set them from "View".

There is indeed a global setting option but you are not "forced" to use it.

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May 25, 2012 at 07:50:29
exactly. in XP you have the option. I'm a computer professional for 30 years, a 'power' user they would say. My machines stay up 24/7. the only time I reboot is when window update requires it or mcafee updates require it (or I go on vacation). XP is very stable. I'm not saying the W7 isn't, as far as I can see it is. But it is overblown. Great for my mother - looks pretty with all the aero stuff (that eats cpu and that I turned off) but it requires lots of horsepower to run it. Sure I have a 3.0 GHZ dual core cpu, 4 GB 1066 ram etc... but W7 is not as fast as it could be if it wasn't doing all the 'stuff' in the background that make it look pretty. I want speed. If all you do is email and word then W7 is great. My XP system with less runs faster (2.4 GHZ, dual core, 4 GB 800 mhz ram). If it wasn't going out of support in 2 years I'd have overlaid the W7 opsys that the machine came with, with my XP Pro op sys from the machine that it replaced.

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May 26, 2012 at 07:11:03
Going back to the question, are you saying that Win7 doesn't keep your settings?

I have just setup a folder with icons inside it (using the "Change your view" dropdown from the top of the page). Within that folder I created a sub-folder containing two shortcuts set in List view. When I reboot these settings are retained.

I'm obviously missing the point somehow.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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May 31, 2012 at 18:52:38
I have an apps folder set up. I can change the view to not have the navigation pane (organize/layout/navigation_pane) and medium icons. close it. open it and it retains these views. Fine. I then close this apps folder. Now, if I open windows explorer (windowsKey+E) it opens without the navigation pane. If I turn ON the navigation pane in windows explorer and then re-open the apps folder I now have the navigation pane in the apps folder. I don't want a navigation pane in my apps folder and the folders hanging off of it. W7 removed the 'remember each folder's view setting' in folder options/view. It was per microsoft 'removed by design'.

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