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Applying Your Settings to All Folders
Applying Your Settings to All Folders
When you first use Windows 8, all the folders are configured the way Microsoft
wanted them. Personally, I don’t always like Microsoft’s decisions and prefer
to customize them so they are the way I want and then apply that new folder
setting to all the folders on my computer.
To do this, you could change the settings of every folder, but there is a much
easier way. Instead, just customize one folder on your computer using the
previous sections so that you can get it looking great, and then follow these steps to
apply the same configuration to all the other folders on your computer:
1. While the folder that you customized is still open, click the View ribbon
tab and then the Options button on the far right.
2. Click the View tab.
3. Click the Apply To Folders button and click Yes on the confirmation screen.
4. Click OK to close the Folder Options window and you are finished.
If for some reason you don’t like what you did and want to restore all the
folders to the original look, simply click the Reset All Folders button that was
next to the Apply To Folders button to revert back to the Microsoft defaults.
Working with Hidden Files
Just like every other Windows version, Windows 8 likes to hide files. When
you are tweaking and customizing your computer, hidden files can become
annoying because many of the system files with which you want to work are
hidden. The following two sections show you how to make Windows 8 display
all hidden and system files as well as the super hidden files.
Showing Hidden Files
When tweaking your computer, you often need to edit different configuration files
for different applications. This can cause a problem because those configuration
files are often hidden. The only way to edit them would be if you knew the exact
filename and typed it in the Browse box. Otherwise, you would be out of luck.
Telling Explorer to show hidden files and folders is the only solution to this
problem. Making Explorer show hidden files is just a matter of getting to the
right place. Follow these steps to show all hidden files:
1. Open any folder in File Explorer.
2. Click the View tab and then click the Options button.
3. Click the View tab of the Folder Options window.
 
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