How to Reset File Explorer’s Folder Views on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to reset File Explorer’s folder view when using 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.

If you have customized File Explorer folder views and you want to reset all the changes you’ve made, the steps below will show you how to do that.

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.

Something to remember is if you reset a particular folder template, only that template is reset and the other 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.

To get started with resetting File Explorer folder views, follow the steps below.

How to reset File Explorer folder’s view on Windows 11

As mentioned above, if you have made some changes to File Explorer folder views, and you want to reset everything back to the default, use the steps below.

First, go and open File Explorer on Windows 11. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + Eon the keyboard to open File Explorer.

Once opened, click on the ellipse (three dots on the toolbar) and select Options.

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On the View tab, under Folder views, click the Reset Folders button to reset File Explorers’ folder views.

When you click the reset button, you’ll get a confirmation windows to confirm the changes, click Yes.

After that, File Explore folder views should be reset to the default.

That should do it!


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