Reset the Library view to default in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Libraries were introduced in Windows 7 and are incredibly useful to organize and aggregate files from several different folders and show them under a single, unified view. The user can customize that view according to his personal preferences, i.e. change the icon size, apply grouping and choose columns for the Details view. Once you have made changes to the default view, you might want to revert your changes back to the default view. Here is an easy way to do it quickly.

This is a screenshot from Windows 10 Technical Preview with a customized view of the Documents library:
custom library view in windows 10
To reset it to its default view, you need to do the following:

  1. Right click the empty space in the opened Library to show its context menu.
  2. Select Arrange by -> Clear changes:
    clear changes
  3. Next, right click again and select Arrange by -> Folder:
    arrange by folder

That's it. Now the Library will get its default look back. It is very simple, right?
default library view in windows 10
This feature exists in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. You might be interested how to reset all folders view settings at once in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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