There are lots here that’s recognizable from Window OS variants running all the way back to 95, but as with many of the other standard Windows features, Windows 10 has taken an old horse and coded an array of new tricks stashed in its toolkit.
Folder options may not have received the sexiest facelift out of everything we’ve seen in the new Windows 10, but there are still enough new tweaks to get that as a new user to the new operating system.
To configure your Folder Options in Windows 10, open up a window in File Explorer. You can do this by clicking on your computer, or just pulling open the Documents tab from the Start menu. Once you get that done, click in the top left hand “File” menu, and select “Change folder and search options”.
You can also get to the same window by going through the Control Panel via the Appearance and Personalization section.
Once it has opened, you’ll see the “General” tab as the first section you can make changes to. Here is where you can set features how you want them whether each folder opens in a new window or stays in the same one, or you will have to click many times before you launch a file.
You also have access to control how much privacy you have on their account, opting to either display their recent folders in the sidebar or keep them hidden after File Explorer is closed each time.
This is where you’re going to find the real options you can shift around in your folders.
All the old standards are here like the option to either show or hide vital system files, change how icons are displayed, or whether or not folder windows themselves launch individually as their own independent system processes.
Unless you know you’re specifically looking for a system file that has been bugged or needs to be scanned by an antivirus program, i’ll advice you to keep this unchecked as many viruses will attempt to do a surface-level search for them when attempting to exploit an unprotected machine.
Some newly introduced features of Windows 10 include the option to use the included Sharing Wizard, and configuring which folders or libraries will appear in the File Explorer’s sidebar.
Make sure you know the folder you opened the Options panel from is the only folder that will have these rules applied to it. unless you click the “Apply to Folders” button in the View panel.
All the settings in the “Search” tab control as you might have already guessed by the name, how the File Explorer handles search inquiries, both in the File Explorer itself and any queries entered into the search bar found in the bottom corner of the stock
You can change things from here. Things like how the search function responds to requests when you are looking for non-indexed system files, to whether or not the contents of zipped or compressed folders are included as a part of non-indexed searches.
Another box you might want to check if you can’t wait for Windows to keep digging and come up with no result is to “Always search file names and contents” with every search. This can save you from wasting your valuable time it takes to find a given file each time you punch in a new scavenger hunt for it to go on, but if you bury things in unknown places or just prefer to keep them as organized as possible, this should be kept on at all times.