You can change the folder view settings in Windows to what you want. Folder view settings include the File Explorer window size, template (not for folders on the Desktop), column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view of items in your folders.
By default, Windows will only remember the first 5000 folders you apply folder view settings to. After you reach the default 5000 folders limit (BagMRU Size), Windows will no longer remember anymore folder view settings you apply.
Windows stores the folder view settings of the current user in the registry key below for each folder until the limit has been reached.
If you find Windows not remembering your folder view settings, you can increase the cache memory size (BagMRU Size) up to a maximum of 20,000 folders to be remembered instead of the default 5,000 folders.
This tutorial will show you how to change or increase the folder view settings cache memory size for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 to have Windows remember your folder view settings.
To See How Many Folders Views are Currently being Remembered
This is not the folder view settings cache memory size (BagMRU Size).
You can use this option to see how many folders are currently being remembered to help know if you need to change or increase the size of the folder view settings cache memory size (BagMRU Size).
Copy and paste the command in the code box below into PowerShell, and press . (see screenshot below)
((gp "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU").Nodeslots).count
You will now see how many folders (ex: "274") are currently being remembered for their folder view settings.
To Manually Change Folder View Settings Cache Memory Size in Registry Editor
Press the + keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.
Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)
In the right pane of the Shell key, double click/tap on the BagMRU Size DWORD value to modify it. (see screenshot above)
If you do not have a BagMRU Size DWORD value, right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the Shell key, click/tap on New, click/tap on DWORD (32-bit) Value, type BagMRU Size for the name, and press.
Select (dot) Decimal, type a number between 5000 to 20000 for the cache size you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Registry Editor if you like.
To Set Folder View Settings Cache Memory Size to Max of 20,000 using a REG file
The downloadable .reg file below in this option sets the BagMRU Size DWORD value to 20000 like you would in Option Two, but does all the work for you.
Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
(Contents of .reg file for reference)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell] "BagMRU Size"=dword:00004e20
Save the .reg file to your desktop
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.
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