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[Fix] Search Results defaults to Content View in Windows 10

When you search for files using Windows 10 File Explorer, the search results page may default to “Content” view every time which some users don’t like. Although you can change the view to Details, or any other view setting manually, the change affects only that folder. Sometimes, search results view settings may not stick at all.

This happens when searching for files in a folder optimized for “General items”. Whereas when you search for files in the Pictures and Videos folders, the search results view defaults to icons view.

This article tells you how to set the Search Results folder default view mode to Details, for all folder types.

Set Search Results default view mode to Details

To make search results (for Generic folders) use Details view by default, I made a registry fix. Follow the steps below.

  1. Download fix_generic_search_results_view_w10.zip (zipped), extract the REG file and save to desktop.
  2. Logoff and login back or do a clean restart of the Explorer shell
  3. Right-click the REG file and choose Merge. This REG file clears saved folder views and sets Details view mode as the default for Search Results folder.

That’s it. Do a file search in a folder optimized for “General Items”. Search results should default to Details view from now on.

Note: If the above doesn’t work, reset saved folder views using my script or manual procedure in the article: How to Reset Folder View Settings in Windows?. Then re-apply the above REG file.

Contents of the Registry File

Here are the contents of the REG file in case you want to make one of your own.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Fixes search results defaults to Content view.
;Sets Details view as the default search results view for Generic folders.

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

Set Details view for Music, Pictures, Documents and Videos search folders

If you wish to set the Details view for Music, Pictures, Documents, and Videos folders as well (in addition to Generic folders), use the registry fix fix_all_search_results_view_w10.reg (zipped) and run it.

Contents of the Registry File #2

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Fixes search results defaults to Content view.
;Sets Details view as default search results view for Generic, Music, Videos, Documents folders.

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

;Generic Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Pictures Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{4dcafe13-e6a7-4c28-be02-ca8c2126280d}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Music Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{71689ac1-cc88-45d0-8a22-2943c3e7dfb3}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Documents Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{36011842-dccc-40fe-aa3d-6177ea401788}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Videos Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{ea25fbd7-3bf7-409e-b97f-3352240903f4}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

Hope that helps you get rid of annoying Content view in Search results. For more information on LogicalViewMode and Mode registry values, check out the article Desktop Icons Changed to Tiles View Mode Suddenly.

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