Windows 10 Tutorials 103 – How to Change the Template of Drive, Folder or Library

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of this new operating system by Microsoft.

This tutorial will show you how to change the template of Drive, Folder or Library in Windows 10.

You can customize the drive, folder or library to choose from one of the following built-in templates:

  • General Items
  • Documents
  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Videos

How to Change the Template of Drive or Folder in Windows 10:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Right click on the drive or folder that you want to change the template for and click on Properties.
    Change the Template
  3. Alternatively, open the drive or folder that you want to change the template for and right click on an empty area. Now select Customize this folder option.
    Change the Template
  4. In the properties window, select Customize tab.
  5. From the drop down menu under Optimize this folder for, select the template you want to apply.
  6. If you want the same template to be applied to all the subfolders, click the checkbox next to Also apply this template to all subfolders.
    Change the Template

How to Change the Template of a Library in Windows 10:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Select or open a library that you want to change the template for.
  3. Click on the Manage tab in the ribbon.
  4. From the drop down menu under Optimize library for, select the template you want to apply.
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kgbme says October 14, 2016

Hey, guys, thank you for the article!.. However, it doesn’t mean anything – when it reads like a Micro$oft manual: click here, in order to turn on /off.

We’ve got eyes and a mouse to click around, it’s all good (hehe). The information which is RLY needed is what Service is associated with this, how can it be turned off /Disabled as not to take up RAM /resources.

WHAT does it *really* do to “optimize”, how?.. Because we know how the (NTFS) filesystem works and HDD partitions are initialized in different size sectors: does this, somehow, use the sectors differently, or what… Is it down to the reading /buffering, only, instead?!

It seems like one of those “features” which are COMPLETELY useless and can (sometimes!) do more harm than good. Wish Micro$oft would just STOP with their gimmicks /antics (the AGENDA). Although, it’s a good reminder to look for a way to kill this – whatever it is; thanks again!! :))

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GooRoo says November 29, 2016

What I want to do is change the template that Windows (10) uses for: general; documents; music; pictures; video. What the Microsoft people think is useful, I DO NOT consider useful, and want a music folder (for instance) to display the fields that are important to me. The year of the song, running time (length) and any comments in an MP3 file are meaningful, and the tags, contributing artists (in my file names) and everything in the default other than name are of no interest at all to me.

How do I change folder DEFAULTS?

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