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.
Use the General tab to adjust basic display and access settings.
- Browse folders - Configures how a folder is displayed when it is opened.
- Click items as follows - Specifies the number of clicks required to open a file.
- Navigation pane - Determines whether all folders are displayed and whether a folder is automatically expanded when it is selected in the navigation pane.
Use the View tab to adjust view settings and attributes for folders, including the ability to see hidden folders.
- Folder views - Applies the view settings for a folder being viewed to all folders of the same type.
- Advanced settings - Customizes the viewing experiences.
Use the Search tab to customize folder search settings.
- What to search - Configures search settings based on indexed and non-indexed locations to make files and folders easier to find.
- How to search - Determines which options to take in to account during a search.
- When searching non-indexed locations - Determines whether system directories and compressed files are included when searching non-indexed locations.