This post shows students and new users the steps to reset File Explorer folder view when using Windows 11. With Windows, one can customize File Explorer folder views by adding or removing the preview pane / details, showing icons in front of list, grouping, sorting and more.

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

Windows File Explorer includes five folder templates that can be used to customize the view of folders. These templates are: General Articles, Documents, Images, Music, and Videos. Each of these templates provides a unique layout, classification, and grouping of items based on the type of content in the folder.

Something to remember is that if you reset a particular folder template, only that template is reset and the others remain unchanged. So for example, when you reset the views of the Documents folder, only the Document template is reset and the other templates are left alone.

To start resetting the File Explorer folder views, follow the steps below.

How to reset the File Explorer folder view in Windows 11

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

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

Once open, click on the ellipse (three dots on the toolbar) and select Choices.

Windows 11 select options in file

About him View tab below Folder views, click on the Reset folders to reset folder views in File Explorers.

reset windows 11 file explorer folder view

When you click the reset button, you will get a confirmation window to confirm the changes, click Yes.

Windows 11 reset folder views confirmation

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

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In this tutorial we have seen how to reset File Explorer folder views when using Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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