I friend of mine - Chris Lewis in the UK - has just solved a problem with Windows 7 that's been nagging me for ages...
You wouldn’t believe how many people have emailed me with regard to my previous blog about an amazingly cool and useful trick with Windows 7. The best thing is that someone solved a problem that’s been nagging me for ages...
Seriously, people in the building in which I have my office keep on sticking their heads in the door, giving me the “thumbs up,” and saying “That is really useful!”
But that’s not what I wanted to talk about here. At the end of my earlier blog I noted that I had a nagging problem. I think I said something like:
You know that when you open a folder you can display its contents as Icons (small, medium, large, etc.), or as a List, or as a Detailed view, or as Tiles, and so forth.
My problem is that if I make a change in one folder, that change seems to apply to every folder I subsequently access. What I want to be able to do is to make all of my folders display the Details view by default, but to be able to set selected folders to always display in icons.
There has to be some way to do this, because the Pictures folder always opens up displaying icons (as do its daughter folders), no matter what your other folders are set to … so how can I do this with other folders containing images that aren’t located under the Pictures folder? Any ideas?
The way I’d been trying to do this was to use the Change your view icon when you are actually inside a folder – you know, the icon indicated by the red circle in the image below:
When you click this icon you are presented with a pop-up menu of options as shown below. For most of my folders I prefer to see things in either the List
or (more usually) the Details
view, but in the case of folders I use to store images (like the ones in this blog) I prefer to see these as … well, images.
As I said, the problem with using the Change your view
icon technique to change the view in one folder is that it seems to affect every subsequent folder, which is a real pain. So how can we work around this?
Well, my old chum Chris Lewis in the UK saw my earlier blog and sent me a message saying:
“Well, that seems easy enough,”
- Right-mouse-click on a folder
- Select Properties
- Click the Customize tab
- Change the Optimize this folder for setting
- Click or un-click Apply this template to sub-folders button
I thought to myself, “in fact it seems downright obvious… I can’t believe I didn’t try accessing and changing the folder Properties this way myself.”
But I shrugged my shoulders and did as Chris suggested… and immediately discovered why I hadn’t worked this out for myself… because there was no Customize
tab on my dialog. All I had was the General
, and Previous Version
tabs as shown below:
I thought to myself (or words to that effect). I emailed Chris asking exactly what operating system he was using, and he replied “I am using Windows 7 Home Premium and I see General, Sharing, Security, Previous Versions, and Customize tabs.”
So I checked my system and I too am running the Windows 7 Home Premium
edition. Now my head was starting to hurt. I kept on checking and rechecking the Properties
dialog associated with my folders in the desperate hope that the Customize
tab would magically appear… but, of course, it didn’t (sob sob).
Then I received another message from Chris, and this is the one that saved the day. He had realized that if you use the Libraries
icon on your desktop to access your folders (which is what I was doing), then when you select the Properties
dialog associated with a folder the Customize
tab DOES NOT
However… if you use the Computer
icon on your desktop and then select Drive C
and then select Users
and then select My Documents
and work your way down to the folder of interest, then accessing the Properties
dialog associated with a folder this way DOES
result in your seeing the Customize
tab as illustrated below:
Ah Ha! Clicking the down arrow on the field associated with the Optimize this folder for
setting provides you with the ability to select between General Items
, and Videos
as illustrated below:
I’ve now associated the Pictures
option with all of my folders containing images, and everything is working as I wished. Of course this does all seem to be a little convoluted. I’m wondering if the lack of the Optimize tab when you go in via the Libraries icon is a bug in Windows 7 … what do you think?