Folder Position Saver

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 21, 2010
Updated • May 30, 2016
Software, Windows software

Especially users with multi-monitor systems may have noticed a change in Windows Explorer of Microsoft's new operating system Windows 7 that may impact their workflow severely.

Windows 7 does not store individual folder positions on the screen anymore unlike previous Microsoft operating systems that could be configured to save folder positions and sizes.

The option to "Remember each folder's view settings" has been removed from Windows Explorer which is a problem for some Windows 7 users.

It does not only affect users with multi-monitor systems who now have to move the windows to the right position whenever they are opened but it also affects single-monitor systems especially if the user has configured Windows Explorer to open a new window for each folder that gets opened.

Folder Position Saver ShellFolderFix

ShellFolderFix is a lightweight program for Windows 7 that provides the means to save individual folder positions and sizes in Windows Explorer.

The program is a background application that records the folder position -- using its dimensions and x/y position -- of every Windows Explorer folder that gets opened to restore those settings whenever the folder gets opened again.

The default limit is set to 500 folders which can be increased in the program's options. Users might start with the default figure and increase it if they notice that folder position information get lost after a while.

Other options provided are to start the program automatically during system start, show window titles and window title icons in Windows Explorer if Aero is enabled, disable flashing folder window titles, or configuring auto saves and behavior when navigating to a new location.

Users may enable auto-saving of information, and change the default behavior of the program when navigation to a new location in the preferences of ShellFolderFix as well.

ShellFolderFix uses roughly eight Megabytes of computer memory while running which is fairly acceptable especially for users who find the problem annoying.

The software program to save folder positions in Windows 7 can be downloaded from the forum it was released.

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  1. G.N.R.S.U said on August 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    it makes 7′s operation faster!!

  2. libeco said on January 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    One problem I keep having is that Win 7 every time defaults to showing icons instead of detail view in my open and save dialog boxes. Although it’s not entirely the same as this program, do you know a fix for it? Thanks!

    1. Bryan Price said on January 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

      My previous install defaulted to preview view. This install is going with details. How to change that, or what I did differently, I haven’t a clue. I probably shouldn’t have had to reinstall, but I did, trying to fix a problem with Backup. Which sort of kind of did, but blew my profile out of the water (I moved my profile to the D drive for better separation from the system…). So I reinstalled, got a working backup, changed my profile to the D drive, and it failed.

      As far as multi-monitor setups (I had one, not now :( ), I never had an issue with it.

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