Ensuring proper access to files requires managing the directory and folder settings. To configure settings for folders in Windows, use the Folder Options utility.

To access the Folder Options utility in Windows 7, use the following path:

Start > Control Panel > Folder Options

Folder Options, as shown in the figure, has three tabs.

General Tab

Use the General tab to adjust basic display and access settings.

View Tab

Use the View tab to adjust view settings and attributes for folders, including the ability to see hidden folders.

Search Tab

Use the Search tab to customize folder search settings.