Windows 7 explorer doesn't use details view in folders with media

I use details as my default folder view, which works fine except for folders that only contain media files like photos or mp3. In these cases the view changes in order to show thumbnails etc. (which I also disabled).

How can I prevent this view switch and tell the explorer to stick to details view.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Take a look at the fourth post in this forum thread. It’s for Vista but I believe it works in W 7 too.

Copy the text between the lines below into notepad & save as a .reg
file. Watch out for line wrap — [HKEY_CURRENT_USER…\Shell] is all
one line.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Merging the .reg file will set the ‘All Items’ template for any
folders that don’t currently have a view saved with a different
template. You can clear all saved views by deleting the


key BEFORE merging the .reg file. If any folders open with a different
template after clearing the ‘Bags’ key & merging the .reg file, they
most likely have a template specified via their desktop.ini file.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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