Taking the “smarts” out of Vista’s Explorer

Posted in Shorts at 9:40 pm by jw

Saw this in Google today and had to post it – it’s the solution to the thing that’s annoyed me the most about Vista so far:

“cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)” <cquirkenews@nospam.mvps.org> wrote in
message news:tnls03ldgjlm6v2ffnd5o7ocml63ot8p73@4ax.com…
> To me, these frills are almost more hassle than they are worth. I
> want List view everywhere, with a minimum of unsolicited content
> groping, but that is at odds with the direction of Vista’s quest to
> “make it easier” and be more effective/powerful.

Set the list view for a folder that’s using the ‘All Items’ template, then
use ‘Apply to Folders’. Then override content-sniffing with my ‘AllFolders’

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,
there is a space between ‘Local’ and ‘Settings’.

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

“HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags”

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.


1 Comment »

  1. Dorick Said:

    January 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Haha, nice!

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