In versions of Windows after XP, there have been some changes made to Explorer which are quite different from the behavior in XP. One of them is full row selection in Details view. The other change is that items in the right pane are spaded wider apart vertically from one another than there were in Windows XP. Let us see how to revert both changes if you need them to.
Here is a how Explorer looks with full row selection and wider spacing in Details view:To turn off full row selection and use a narrower spacing, we need to force Explorer to use the older ListView control instead of the newer ItemsView which it uses. To do this:
- Open Control Panel (see how) and then Folder Options.
- Go to the View tab of Folder Options and click on Reset Folders. Click Yes to confirm.
- Download and install Folder Options X from this page. Run the installer FolderOptionXSetup.exe from the ZIP file.
- Start Folder Options X. Check the option "Disable full row select". This also automatically turns on icon reordering as the two options are linked together.
- Click OK. Now reopen the folder and switch to Details view. Full row selection will be turned off as shown in the screenshot below:
- Notice how the items are spaced closer together so more items fit in the same sized window than earlier.
- If you still don't get full row selection off, don't worry. Open Registry Editor (see how).
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- Right click in the right side pane and create a new DWORD value called FullRowSelect. Keep its value to 0. If the value FullRowSelect already exists and its value is 1, change it to 0.
- Now reopen the folder. It should have full row selection off and narrower spacing too.
That's it. Folder Options X can do other useful tweaks too such as enabling column headers in all views of Explorer, not just the Details view.
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