You may want to reset the folder views sometimes, to apply a new customization (advanced users) or to clear out corrupt settings and start afresh. Here is the information on how to completely clear the folder view customizations using the Registry Editor in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

1. Click Start, type Regedit.exe and press {ENTER}

2. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ Bags

3. Right-click Bags and click Export. Save the branch to a .REG file for backup.

4. Right-click on the Bags key and choose Delete

5. Similarly, export and then delete the BagMRU registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ BagMRU

6. Exit the Registry Editor.

7. It’s important that you restart Windows Explorer (Shell) after clearing out the above key. Use the "Exit Explorer" hidden GUI option to Terminate and Restart Explorer.exe in Windows 7 and Vista.

This clears the individual folder views, window size and related settings.

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  1. George Melendez
    said this on Monday, April 28th 2014 7:11 am

    Using Eusing Registry Cleaner and scanned over 1000 “empty Windows shell bags”. Is it safe to delete them and what are “shell bags”. Just curious and experimenting with different software. I always do a backup when doing stuff like this but would like to know.


    George Melendez

    Puerto Rico

    said this on Monday, June 20th 2011 7:11 am

    I have no idea what “Clearing folder views” is or what effect it will have on my files. Unfortunately it is the first step in disabling the auto arrange feature. Can you please explain exactly what this does so I can decide whether or not to do it? Thanks.

  3. Joe Connell
    said this on Tuesday, March 8th 2011 2:04 am


    Regarding Windows Live Mail under Windows 7 64-bit:

    Is there a way to keep the storage folders from expanding and showing all of their sub folders on a “copy to” or “move to” of a Live Mail note? We have a lot of storage folders, each with multiple sub folders. It’s quite a chore to troll down through all the the folders to get to the one we desire. I would rather have each storage folder root be displayed and let me choose which storage folder to expand on a save or move operation…

    Thanks for all your support and shortcuts!


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