Working in Windows Vista means that you work
with folders. To adapt the folders to your working style, you can
customize them so that they look and work in exactly the way you
want. Some of the changes you make will apply to all your folders,
and other changes will apply to the single folder that's
some cases, you can first apply the changes to a single folder, and
then, if you want, you can apply the changes to all your
Change the Way All
the Folders Work
In a folder that you want to modify,
click Organize, and choose Folder And Search Options from the
drop-down menu to display the Folder Options dialog box.
Specify whether you want to use the
Windows Vista style or an earlier Windows style.
Specify whether you want all your
folders to open in the same window (that is, to replace the
window's current content), or to use a separate window for each
folder that you open.
Click the first option if you want to
click only once to open an item in a folder. Click the second
option if you want to double-click to open an item. If you chose
the first option, specify how you want the icon text to be
Click the View tab.
Select the check boxes for the
options you want and clear the check boxes for the options you
Click if you want to apply the
current view setting to all folders of this type.
Change the Content
Right-click the descriptive label, or
detail, of one of the
in the folder window (
example), and, on the shortcut menu that appears, click an
unchecked item to display that label if it isn't shown, or click a
checked item to hide that label. If you don't see the item you
want, click More.
In the Choose Details dialog box,
select the check boxes for the labels, or details, that you want to
be shown in the folder window, and clear the check boxes for the
details that don't need to be shown.
Use the appropriate
the order of the labels or to show or hide them.
Specify the width in pixels of the
column for the selected label.
Click OK when you've finished.
To apply the same view to all folders of the
same type, select a view from the Views button, choose Folder
Options from the Tools menu, and, on the View tab, click the Apply
To Folders button. Click OK.
Windows Vista looks at the content of a folder
and applies a template for that type of content. For example, it
uses one template for a folder of pictures and another template for
a folder of music. If you want to change the template, press the
Alt key to show the menu bar, and choose Customize This Folder from
the View menu.