How to Reset File Explorer Folder View on Windows 11?


With Windows, one can customize File Explorer folder views by adding or removing the preview/details pane, displaying icons vs. list, grouping, sorting, and more. Windows File Explorer includes five folder templates that one can use to customize the view of folders. These templates are General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos. Each one of these templates provides a unique layout, sorting, and grouping of items depending on the folder’s content type.

Remember that if you reset a particular folder template, only that template will reset, and the others are untouched. So, for example, when you reset the Documents folder views, only the Document template is reset, and the other templates are left alone.

If you have customized File Explorer folder views and you want to reset all the changes you’ve made, this risewindows post will guide you on how to do it.

How to Reset File Explorer Folder View on Windows 11?

To reset everything back to the default in File Explorer Folder View on a Windows 11 machine, do the following:-

Step 1. Firstly, open File Explorer by pressing Windows + E keys.

Step 2. Now, click on the three dots menu and select the Options from the drop-down.

Step 3. Then, the “Folder Options” window will appear.

Step 4. After that, in the “Folder Options” dialog, select the View tab.

Step 5. Next, click the Reset Folders button.

Step 6. Now, when the “Folder Views” dialog asks you, “Do you want to reset all folders of this type to the default view settings,” then click the Yes button.

Step 7. So, click the Apply button.

Step 8. Lastly, click on the OK button to exit the “Folder Options” dialog.

Once you complete the above steps, File Explorer folder views will reset to the default.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be useful & informative to you.

Keep learning & keep growing, guys.

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