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Windows 7 - Customizing Folders in Windows Explorer


For computer customization enthusiasts, Windows 7 provides a whole host of different options. Customizing the folders you see in Windows Explorer is no exception. Customizing these folders not only helps to make your computer your own; it can also be practical and convenient. Customizing your folders allows Windows Explorer to display appropriate information for the file types contained within those folders. For example, a folder containing MP3 files can display information such as track number and length. You can also hide folders, change their icons and more.

To access the folder options, just right-click on it and go to properties. You can also do this when inside the folder itself. On the first page, you'll be able to check boxes for hiding the folder or making it read-only. If you hide the folder, you will be able to access it by entering the folder name into the address bar at the top of Windows Explorer. You can also configure Windows to show hidden files and folders. In the "General" tab of the properties page, you can also change the folder to read-only. This is useful for helping to prevent accidental deletion or modification of any of the contents.

Click the "Customize" tab to customize the folder in all other ways. You should make sure that the appropriate file type is selected in the dropdown box below "Optimize this folder for." For example, if your folder contains audio or video files but this is set to "Documents," you'll not see any audio- or video-specific information in Explorer. Change it to the appropriate file type and you will be able to see further information on each file without having to go into the individual properties for that file instead.

To permanently change the icon for the folder, click "Change icon" and choose an icon from the list. Alternatively, click the "Browse" button to find a specific icon that you saved to your computer. Click "OK" and then click "OK" again to close the properties window. The new icon for that folder will be displayed even if you're accessing it from another location on the network. This is because the custom icon is stored inside the folder itself.

Finally, you can choose the most suitable view for each folder by clicking on the downward-pointing arrow beside the tiny thumbnail in the top-right corner of the Explorer window and clicking on the option you want. Your setting should be permanently saved until you change it again.

 

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