General Enable or Disable Folder Options in Windows

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You can use Folder Options (aka: File Explorer Options) to change the way files and folders function and how items are displayed on your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Folder Options for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Folder Options for All or Specific Users using Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Folder Options for All Users using a REG file

EXAMPLE: Folders Options enabled and disabled
Folder_Options-1.png Folder_Options-2.png Folder_Options-3.png
Folder_Options_disabled.png





OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Folder Options for All or Specific Users using Local Group Policy Editor


In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.



1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​

2 In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and File Explorer. (See screenshot below)​

Folder_Options_gpedit-1.png


3 In the right pane of File Explorer, double click/tap on the Do not allow Folder Options to be opened from the Options button on the View tab of the ribbon policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)​

4 Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you would like to do.​

5 To Enable Folder Options

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

Not Configured is the default setting.



6 To Disable Folder Options

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

Folder_Options_gpedit-2.png


7 When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.​





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Folder Options for All Users using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

NoFolderOptions DWORD

(delete) = Add
1 = Remove



1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.​

2 To Enable Folder Options for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Folder_Options_for_all_users.reg



3 To Disable Folder Options for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Folder_Options_for_all_users.reg



4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.​

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.​

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.​


8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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