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Restore Folder Options in Windows XP
Windows XP has several viewing options that you can modify
for folders in Windows Explorer. These include being able to customize whether
you activate items by clicking them once or twice, whether Windows displays
hidden and protected files and several other options.
If you have played with these options in an attempt to
determine how you prefer to use your computer, you may accidentally reach the
point where you have changed so many items that you are unsure of how to revert
to the original configuration.
For this reason, Windows XP allows you to restore the folder
options to their defaults by clicking a button.
Open Windows Explorer.
Two of the fastest ways to do this are by
clicking the "Start" button and then clicking "My Computer"
and by double clicking the "My Computer" icon on the desktop.
Click the "Tools" drop-down menu and select
Click the "General" tab, and then
click the "Restore Defaults" button if you would like to restore the
default settings for the "Common Tasks" bar on the left side of
folders, whether new folders open in the same window or a new window and
whether items open with a single click or double click.
Click the "View" tab, and then click
the "Restore Defaults" button if you would like to restore any
advanced view settings to their defaults, such as whether Windows displays
hidden and protected files.
Click the "Reset All Folders" button
if you would like to restore the default viewing option to all folders, such as
the detailed view or list view.
Click "OK" to save your changes.