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Back in windows XP setting folder options was always easy to find no matter which folder you were viewing or using. From the menu bar on top of each window you could find it in the View tab.

In Windows 7 that menu-bar isn’t there anymore (at least not appearing as default). A search on google will mostly tell you that you have to access the folder options through the Control Panel.

There is in fact a faster and simpler way…

From any window

Of course it’s possible to use the control panel solution – but if you want to access the Folder Options on a regular basis, why not do it this way ?

  1. Open a folder (any which one)
  2. Press ALT + T
    This will display the missing Menu bar.
  3. Click on the Tools Tab, and Voilá there you have it. The missing Folder Options.

Making the menu bar appear as default

Since we already are inside the folder options window, let’s make the menu bar appear on as default.

  1. In the Folder Options window, click the View Tab
  2. In the Advanced Settings part you find settings for Files and Folders. Locate “Always show menus”, and check it.
  3. Click OK

To remove the menu bar as default uncheck it in the list and you’re done.

About Thomas

Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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5 thoughts on “Accessing Folder Options in windows 7 [Quick Tip]”

  1. Vipul says:

    There is similarly easy way without pressing “Alt” too

    we can go to Organize and choose folder and search options…

  2. shoby says:

    Thanks Thomas, that's a great one……

  3. M4dj says:

    I like that way :)

  4. Itsecurityrc says:

    You could also do:

    1) Win Key + E
    2) Click Organize top left corner to drop down menu
    3) Click Folder and Search Options.

  5. RSVR85 says:


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