folder_documents When you click My Computer on your desktop you can see your drives on the right side and some options and details on the left side.


But you can also view it in a folder view that makes it easier to move or copy files around between different drives or folders, all you need to do is click the Folders tab in the toolbar to change the view.


If you like the Folder view and would like to set it as the default do the following.

  1. Click My Computer to open it. Then click Tools > Folder Options


  2. Click the File Types tab. Then in the list of file types, highlight (NONE) Folders and click the Advanced button.


  3. In the Actions box, highlight “Explore” Then click Set Default. Click Ok twice. Now the next time you open My Computer it will open in the Folder view. To change it back follow the same steps and choose open then click Set Default.



  15 Responses to “Change My Computer’s Default View To Folder List”

  1. Thanks for this tip on changing default folder setting. Have searched for ages. Derek

  2. Excellent! Just what I wanted!

    You have a few ad clicks off me today by way of thanks 🙂

  3. @ Mark White, Glad I was able to help and thanks for the clicks.

  4. @ Derek, Thanks for visiting.

  5. Brilliant, thanks. This has annoyed me for years.

  6. How can change my folder design…my friend has an awesome folder design on her computer….

  7. Wow, that’s great! Thanks! Has bugged me for ages also….

  8. I like the folders view but if I turn it off, I don’t get the items that should be on the left like system tasks, details. How do I get those?


  9. Thanks, I figured it out. You have to uncheck SHow Control Panel in My Computer under folder options.

  10. I need an edit button! Anyway, the above is wrong. In the folder options, the first screen has Show common tasks in folders. That accomplishes what I wanted. Changing from one computer to another and making everything match what you are used to is a chore!

  11. its realy nice research about computer good

  12. Awesome!!! Saved me all the extra clicks and agravation!!!

  13. Glad I was able to help and thanks for the clicks.

  14. very very thnx………………………

  15. When I open the Advanced, all I see for choices is “find.” Any way to add “explore”?

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