If your Desktop has suddenly changed to “Tiles” view mode on your Windows computer, then you may have accidentally hit a shortcut key that switches the folder view mode. This article tells you how to restore Desktop’s default view back.
This may also occur due to folder view corruption (i.e., “Bags” registry key.)
How to Reset the Desktop View Mode to Default
To reset the desktop view mode to icons, use one of the following methods:
Option 1: Change the Desktop view mode via the right-click menu
Right-click Desktop, click View, and select one of the icon views — Small, Medium, or Large.
Option 2: Change the Desktop view mode using Keyboard
Here are the keyboard combinations you can use to change the desktop view. First, click an empty area on the desktop in order to set the focus on the desktop.
- Ctrl + Shift + 1 (Extra large icons)
- Ctrl + Shift + 2 (Large icons)
- Ctrl + Shift + 3 (Medium icons)
- Ctrl + Shift + 4 (Small icons)
- Ctrl + Shift + 5 (List)
- Ctrl + Shift + 6 (Details)
- Ctrl + Shift + 7 (Tiles)
- Ctrl + Shift + 7 (Content*)
* Ctrl + Shift + 7 (Content*) mode doesn’t seem to work when I tested on Windows 10. All it does is set the view mode to Tiles, but icons get shrunk slightly compared to the Ctrl + Shift + 7 (Tiles) view mode.
Option 3: Change the Desktop view mode via the Registry
- Exit the Explorer shell cleanly. See How to Exit Explorer and Restart Explorer. Don’t restart the Explorer shell yet.
- Open Task Manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- From the Task Manager, click File, Run new task.
regedit.exeand click OK.
- In the Registry Editor, go to the following branch:
- Delete the two values, namely:
- Exit the Registry Editor.
- Create a new
explorer.exetask from Task Manager.
This restarts the Explorer shell, and the Desktop view mode should be reset to the default settings.
LogicalViewMode registry value can use one of the following value data.
- 1 (DETAILS)
- 2 (TILES)
- 3 (ICONS)
- 4 (LIST)
- 5 (CONTENT)
Mode can use one of the following value data.
- 1 (ICON)
- 2 (SMALLICON)
- 3 (LIST)
- 4 (DETAILS)
- 5 (THUMBNAIL)
- 6 (TILE)
- 7 (THUMBSTRIP)
- 8 (CONTENT)
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.