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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 Customize “Optimize this folder for” question

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      • #2297377 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger
        1. I set a folder to “Pictures” . It keeps reverting back to “General Items”.
        2. I have a folder with about 4000 subfolders containing pictures.  I want them all to be the “Pictures” type, which I have set up the way I want it.  Can’t seem to make that happen. What am I missing?

        Thank you!

      • #2297498 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        Have you tried using disk cleanup to clear the thumbnail cache?
        (Check the thumbnail option is ticked within disk cleanup)
        Once cleaned up:
        Retry the ‘view’ options within file explorer for your chosen folder,
        ensuring ‘subfolders’ is also selected in the view options.
        Might take a while due to the amount of files, be patient.

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        • #2297515 Reply
          AskWoody Lounger

          Thanks for rapid reply.  Same issues occur.  I don’t see any real time elapse when I retry View Options so I don’t know if anything is happening.  Also, on some subfolders when I open them I briefly see the options I want, then they disappear and it reverts back to “General Items”.  I have a feeling that everything has to be reset, which is a PITA.

      • #2297518 Reply
        Da Boss

        If you are talking about how they look in File Explorer, try this:
        + Open File Explorer and in the Left Panel highlight the highest folder in the hierarchy you want to apply the view. Here I am working with the Desktop. You will probably want to choose Pictures. The changes you make will apply to all the subdirectories under the highlighted one.
        + On the View tab of Explorer, choose the Layout you want. I choose “Details.” You may want “Large icons” or “Extra large icons”
        + Then go to “Options” and choose to change folder options.
        + on the View tab of the popup box, click on “Apply to folders” and OK.


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        • #2297524 Reply
          AskWoody Lounger

          That’s what I do and it doesn’t work.  Some folders are correct, but that’s perhaps because I had set them individually before?  The highest folder is in OneDrive.  Might that make a difference?  (FYI many others have reported the “revert to General Items” problem on the web.)

          • #2297527 Reply
            Da Boss

            What I suggested applies only to the local computer.
            I have no idea what OneDrive does, and I do not keep my data on servers on the Internet.

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            • #2297533 Reply
              AskWoody Lounger

              OneDrive does apparently do all kinds of weird things to this but doesn’t seem to be the sole culprit.

              “Folder type” is not stored anywhere near the folder itself, it’s in the Registry…

              Oh and the folder type changing for no clear reason has been a problem since… hm, at least Vista.

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            • #2297596 Reply
              AskWoody MVP

              PK, OneDrive is a folder on the local computer – it just happens to sync with the OneDrive servers on the internet.

              I’ve tried changing a folder type on both a OneDrive subfolder and a non OneDrive folder – neither worked. It looks as if there folder you are trying to change has a majority of its files as images. But I would have to do some more testing to see if this is true. Has the top folder got any images in it? Or any subfolders have mainly non images? Can you change a subfolder which has mainly images in it?

      • #2297607 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        My top folder has only subfolders, which then contain mostly images.  BUT the top folder is correctly customized as “Pictures; also apply to subfolders” and showing my correct layout.  It’s the subfolders that won’t consistently convert to “Pictures” with my chosen layout.

      • #2297821 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        there is a PICTURES folder that is a SYSTEM folder. Perhaps this is the issue?

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