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"List" -- not icons, please

by Hikermann / March 25, 2013 1:43 PM PDT

Windows XP 5.1 - How, please, can I designate that "List" will be the default for how files are viewed in Windows Explorer rather than "icon"? Do get weary of repeatedly having to reclick, reclick, reclick .. but then, I guess, I should be so very grateful that Mr. Bill & Co know what's best for me, huh?

Many thanks.

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Isn't it remembering your choices? If not, increase MRUBAGS
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2013 3:26 PM PDT

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Don't blame Microsoft ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 26, 2013 4:00 PM PDT

as it is a setting like many others that Microsoft Programmers left up to you to change for your own preferences. The defaults they went with were a result of after action reports by persons testing the XP GUI long before Windows XP went gold.

YOU need to make use of the Folder Options right there in Windows Explorer.

To make all folder views the same

1. Open a folder and select a folder view that YOU prefer (List apparently)

2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.

3. On the View tab, click Apply to All Folders.

Here is a handy, dandy link to Windows XP Documentation -

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by Hikermann / April 4, 2013 12:48 PM PDT

Thanks! Really simple when one knows what one's doing, huh?!

Appreciate your direction.

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