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Show or Hide Details Pane in File Explorer in Windows 11

The details pane in File Explorer shows you the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the details pane in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Apply Folder View to All Folders in Windows 11

You can change the folder view settings in Windows 11 to what you want for each separate folder.

View settings for a folder include the template, column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view.

If you like, you can apply the view settings of a folder to all folders at once without needing to manually apply one by one.

This tutorial will show you how to apply view settings of a folder to all folders for your account in Windows 11.

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Apply Folder View to All Folders of Same Template Type in Windows 11

You can change the folder view settings in Windows 11 to what you want for each separate folder.

View settings for a folder include the template, column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view.

If you like, you can apply the view settings of a folder to all folders of the same template type all at once without needing to manually apply one by one.

This tutorial will show you how to apply view settings of a folder to all folders of the same template type for your account in Windows 11.

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Reset Folder View Settings to Default in Windows 11 File Explorer

You can change the folder view settings in Windows 11 to what you want for each separate folder.

Folder view settings include the File Explorer window size, template, column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view of items in each folder, and the width size of the details, navigation, and preview pane in File Explorer.

If needed or wanted, you can reset view settings back to default for all folders or only all folders of the same template type.

Resetting view settings will restore the default view settings of the template used by each folder.

This tutorial will show you how to reset folder view settings to default for your account in Windows 11.

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Increase Folder View Settings Cache Memory Size in Windows 11

You can change the folder view settings in Windows to what you want for each separate folder. Folder view settings include the File Explorer window size, template, column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view of items in each folder.

By default, Windows will only remember the first 5000 folders you apply folder view settings to. After you reach the default 5000 folders limit (BagMRU Size), Windows will no longer remember anymore folder view settings you apply.

Windows stores the folder view settings of the current user in the registry key below for each folder until the limit has been reached.

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

If you find Windows not remembering your folder view settings, you can increase the cache memory size (BagMRU Size) up to a maximum of 20,000 folders to be remembered instead of the default 5,000 folders.

This tutorial will show you how to change or increase the folder view settings cache memory size for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11 to have Windows remember more of your folder view settings.

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Change Template of Drive, Folder, or Library in Windows 11 File Explorer

Windows 11 includes the default General items, Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos templates used to optimize the layout and view of every drive, folder, or library.

Windows 11 uses Automatic Folder Type Discovery to detect the contents of a folder and automatically optimize the folder for the proper template. If a folder contains a mixture of file types, Windows will use the General items template. If there is an overwhelming number of files with the same file type in a folder, Windows will automatically optimize the folder with the proper template to match the majority.

A template is just a default layout and view, you can customize the layout and view of a folder to how you like in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to manually change the template of a drive, folder, or library for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Folder Group by View in Windows 11 File Explorer

In Windows 11, you can change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder grouped by the name, date, date modified, size, type, and more file detail you want, and have all items in the folder arranged in ascending (alphabetical ) or descending order.

The exact details available for a folder will vary depending on the template the folder is optimized for.

Each separate folder will remember its group by view as set when last closed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Folder Sort by View in Windows 11 File Explorer

In Windows 11, you can change the sort by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder sorted by the name, date, date modified, size, type, and more file detail you want, and have all items in the folder sorted in ascending (alphabetical ) or descending order.

The exact details available for a folder will vary depending on the template the folder is optimized for.

Each separate folder will remember its sort by view as set when last closed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the sort by view of a folder in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Recent Items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer in Windows 11

Your recently opened items will show in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer by default in Windows 11.

Recently opened items are stored in the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items folder for the current user.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing recently opened items for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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