Windows – How do you default the Windows 10 Explorer view to `Details` when looking at search results

windows 10windows-explorer

When I do a search in Windows Explorer, it always defaults to the following useless view (ok, so useless to me anyway) called Content.

I cannot and will not be able to see the path using the <code>Content</code> view.

Oh look I can resize the field with the <code>Details</code> view

How does one make it always do Details view by default?

Best Answer

  • You need some registry entries thaat don't exist by default to set the various SearchResults templates to Details view. This modification can be applied machine-wide or per-user and the registry entries can be created by merging a .reg file or kby PowerShell script. The machine-wide PowerShell edit must be run from an Administrative PowerShell console. The .reg files can be saved with any text editor & then right-clciked & merged.

    Machine-wide PowerShell (Admin)

    (gci 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes' |
       ?{(gp $_.PSPath).CanonicalName -match '\.S'}).PSChildname | %{
             $SRPath = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\$_"
             new-item -Path $SRPath
             New-ItemProperty -Path $SRPath -Name 'Mode' -Value 4
          }
    

    Per-User PowerShell

    (gci 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes' |
       ?{(gp $_.PSPath).CanonicalName -match '\.S'}).PSChildname | %{
             $SRPath = "HKCU:\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\$_"
             new-item -Path $SRPath
             New-ItemProperty -Path $SRPath -Name 'Mode' -Value 4
          }
    

    Machine-Wide .reg file

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{20338b7b-531c-4aad-8011-f5b3db2123ec}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{36011842-dccc-40fe-aa3d-6177ea401788}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{3D1D4EA2-1D8C-418a-BFF8-F18370157B55}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{4dcafe13-e6a7-4c28-be02-ca8c2126280d}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{503a4e73-1734-441a-8eab-01b3f3861156}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{59BD6DD1-5CEC-4d7e-9AD2-ECC64154418D}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{71689ac1-cc88-45d0-8a22-2943c3e7dfb3}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{921C636D-9FC8-40d7-899E-0845DCD03010}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{e053a11a-dced-4515-8c4e-d51ba917517b}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{ea25fbd7-3bf7-409e-b97f-3352240903f4}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    

    Per-User .reg File

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{20338b7b-531c-4aad-8011-f5b3db2123ec}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{36011842-dccc-40fe-aa3d-6177ea401788}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{3D1D4EA2-1D8C-418a-BFF8-F18370157B55}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{4dcafe13-e6a7-4c28-be02-ca8c2126280d}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{503a4e73-1734-441a-8eab-01b3f3861156}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{59BD6DD1-5CEC-4d7e-9AD2-ECC64154418D}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{71689ac1-cc88-45d0-8a22-2943c3e7dfb3}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{921C636D-9FC8-40d7-899E-0845DCD03010}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{e053a11a-dced-4515-8c4e-d51ba917517b}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{ea25fbd7-3bf7-409e-b97f-3352240903f4}]
    "Mode"=dword:00000004
    
    

    What are all those different valuses?

    gci 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes' |
    >>    ?{(gp $_.PSPath).CanonicalName -match '\.S'} |
    >>       select PSCHildname, @{N='Name';E={(gp $_.PSPath).CanonicalName}}                              
    PSChildName                            Name
    -----------                            ----
    {20338b7b-531c-4aad-8011-f5b3db2123ec} Contacts.SearchResults
    {36011842-dccc-40fe-aa3d-6177ea401788} Documents.SearchResults
    {3D1D4EA2-1D8C-418a-BFF8-F18370157B55} OtherUsers.SearchResults
    {4dcafe13-e6a7-4c28-be02-ca8c2126280d} Pictures.SearchResults
    {503a4e73-1734-441a-8eab-01b3f3861156} Communications.SearchResults
    {59BD6DD1-5CEC-4d7e-9AD2-ECC64154418D} UsersLibraries.SearchResults
    {71689ac1-cc88-45d0-8a22-2943c3e7dfb3} Music.SearchResults
    {7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943} Generic.SearchResults
    {921C636D-9FC8-40d7-899E-0845DCD03010} PublishedItems.SearchResults
    {e053a11a-dced-4515-8c4e-d51ba917517b} UserFiles.SearchResults
    {ea25fbd7-3bf7-409e-b97f-3352240903f4} Videos.SearchResults