In Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced Ribbon in Windows Explorer. Because of this, the new file explorer or Windows Explorer looks drastically different from previous versions of Windows. The new Ribbon Explorer helps quickly access various files and folders options.
Many advanced settings are located under Folder Options in Windows. Options such as show drive letters, show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in colour, show pop-up description for folder and desktop items, hide empty drives in the Computer folder, include system directories and compressed files when searching non-indexed locations, open each folder in its own window, open items with single-click or double-click and navigation pane options are located under Folder Options. So one needs to open Folder Options dialog to access advanced folder and search options.
If you’re a Windows 8 user and wondering how to access Folder Options, simply follow one of the two methods given below.
Step 1: Open Run dialog box. To do this, use Windows + R hotkey. Type Control.exe in the Run box and then press Enter key to launch Control Panel.
Step 2: On the upper-right of Control Panel window, change View by to Small Icons.
Step 3: Looks for an entry named Folder Options and click on the same to open Folder Options.
Step 1: Open Windows Explorer and expand the ribbon by clicking on the small down arrow icon located on the upper right of the window.
Step 2: Switch to View tab, click on Options, and then click Change folder and search options to open Folder Options.
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