Change multiple Explorer folder View modes with latest ShellBagsView for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 26, 2020
Updated • Apr 26, 2020
Software, Windows

ShellBagsView is a long-standing portable application by Nirsoft for Microsoft Windows devices to check and modify the view mode of folders in Explorer. We mentioned ShellBagView twice here on Ghacks, first in 2008 when it was first released and then again in 2009.

Windows Explorer and File Explorer support different view modes for folders. You may display files as thumbnails, as lists, detailed, and using other presets. The information is saved to the Registry and preserved by Windows. A common issue that users may run into is that there is a threshold in regards to custom folder view modes and that view modes may be reset when the threshold is reached.

Tip: find out how to set a default folder type (General, Pictures, Documents, Music, Video) to avoid slow-downs.

The latest version of the portable program comes with a new feature to set the view mode of multiple folders in one swift operation.

shellbagsview multiple folders

ShellBagsView is a portable application for Windows that you can run from anywhere. Just download the program and extract its archive to the system.

It lists folders on the system; each with its name, view mode, dates, and more if available. Note that the application only includes folders with saved folder settings and not all folders on the device.

You may now right-click on any folder to change the view mode of that folder, or use File > Set Mode to change the view mode for a selection (which can be multiple folders or even all of them).

The program is ideal when it comes to modifying the view mode of folders on Windows to make corrections; the new batch processing option allows you to set a view mode for all or a selection of folders.

ShellBagsView 1.25 comes with a handful of other new options. It has a new icon size column and a new Registry editing option (with or without elevation). Pressing F5 to refresh the selection should now also be much smoother than in previous versions of the application.

Closing Words

ShellBagsView is one of those small handy programs by Nirsoft that you may want to have at your disposal. While it may not be needed regularly, you may find it useful to make batch changes to the folder view mode on your devices. The program supports remote access as well which means that you may use it to change modes on remote devices.

Now You: What is your preferred folder view mode and why? (via Deskmodder)

Change multiple Explorer folder View modes with latest ShellBagsView for Windows
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The latest version of the free ShellBagsView application for Microsoft Windows devices comes with an option to change the default folder view mode for multiple folders.
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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

  2. Baloney said on March 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah right.. Like this is going to stop defender from running =) This is comedy gold right here.

  3. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    no ‘about the author’ paragraph?

  4. Gregory said on March 9, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    For permanent disable defender is if removed complete from system no just change permission folder.

    Just this is joke.

  5. moi said on March 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
    – filter “Defender”
    – untag all entries
    – reboot
    nothing has changed since my 1st modification years ago

  6. John G. said on March 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

    1. Tweakmaster said on September 29, 2023 at 9:57 am

      U are just * [Editor: removed] thats the problem ;p first of all u shall always debloat windows u shall have max 65 services with your drivers for pc and windows own servs. You didnt know what that script did

  7. boris said on March 10, 2023 at 12:19 am

    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


      It’s probably Smartscreen which is preventing WD from being disabled. Get rid of that and the problem should be solved:

  8. hoho said on March 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Remove Windows and go for Linux.

    1. basingstoke said on March 10, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Linux sucks dude. Besides it’s not comparable to Windows, these OSes are in different classes entirely.

      1. Derp said on March 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

      2. Bromosexual said on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 am


        You’re right, dude. Bro, linux is just a bunch of code that starts before the OS, dude. Brobrodude, that shit ain’t even got emojis, dudebrodudeman! Dudebro, it’s no way near as cool as Windows with its hardcoded abilities to make money off the user, bro. Yo brodude man, you’re the coolest dude ever man, bro. Dude.

      3. basingstoke said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Lol what? Windows 7 doesn’t come with any Emojis

  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

  10. Simon said on March 10, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
    it also works on Windows 11 too…

  11. Someone said on March 10, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Win Defender, is completly the most succesful free-built in antivirus of Microsoft. Really nice product. Saved my ass a lot of times. Has updated malware database, completly strong defence
    from whatever smart screen disables. Or if you want better and more upgrated (paid) program,
    you can go further. But defender is always on your side.

  12. CalixtoWVR1 said on March 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  14. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

    How a ridiculous article!
    I am thoroughly stunned.

    Why Should You Disable First-Party Windows Defender?
    I can only think that it is “malice or perversely intention (want you to buy a third-party AV where you can expect a back margin)” to guide invalidation without showing the premise.
    No sane company will use third-party closed source programs (such as AV).

    As I thought, “Ghacks Technology News” seems to be coming to downfall.

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