To customize, or personalize file options, folder options and change settings of files and folders in Windows 8, follow these steps:
1) Open any folder.
2) Go to: View –> Options –> Change folder and search options
3) In “Folder options” dialog box, go to “General tab”:
a) Browse folders: Select option “Open each folder in same window” for opening folders in the same window when you click them. If you want to open the new folders in new window then select option “Open each folder in new window”.
b) Click items as follows: Select option “Single click to open an item (Point to select)” if you want to open folders by a single click. The default setting is “Double-Click to open an item (single-click to select): You can also select option “Underline icon titles consistent with my browser” to make the icon folders underlined. Option “Underline icon titles only when I point at them” will underline the icons of the folders when you hover over them.
c) Navigation pane: Navigation pane is located at the left side of the folder window. Here, you can select “Show favorites”, for displaying favorite folders, “Show all folders” for displaying all the folders icons and “Automatically expand to current folder” to automatically expand the icons in navigation pane to show current folder.
4) View tab:
a) Always show icons, Never Thumbnails: If you select this option, only icons will be displayed for a folder icon and thumbnails for a folder will never be displayed.
b) Always show menus: This option if enabled will always how the menu bar.
c) Display file icon on thumbnails: If you select this option, thumbnails will be displayed for a folder. These thumbnails will have the icon of default program for opening the particular file.
d) Display file size information in folder tips: If you select this option, a folder will display the file size information when you hover over them.
e) Display the full path in the title bar: If you select this option, complete path of the folder will be displayed.
f) Don’t show hidden files and folders: If you select this option, hidden files and folders will not be displayed. To hide any folder, right click on the folder and select “Properties”. Then, select “Hidden” under “Attributes”. Click on “Apply” and then “OK”.
g) Show hidden files and folders: If you select this option, hidden files and folders will be displayed.
h) Hide empty drives in the computer folder: If you select this option, empty drives will be hidden in the navigation pane.
i) Hide extensions for known file types: If you select this option, extensions for files will be hidden and only the filename will be displyed.
j) Hide folder merge conflicts: If you select this option, when you are copying folders, the folders with the same name in the destination will be replaced automatically with the new ones.
k) Hide protected operating system files (Recommended): If you select this option, operating system files will be hidden.
l) Launch folder windows in a separate process: If you select this option, contents of the folder are saved in separate region in memory. If for any reason if the folder crashes it will not make the whole system to be hung.
m) Show drive letters: If you select this option, the drive letters will be displayed for a drive. For example C:
n) Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color: If you select this option, folder names of encrypted folders will be shown in green and folder names of compressed folders will be shown in blue.
o) Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items: If you select this option, and when you hover over a folder, file or a desktop item, a pop-up description will be shown.
p) Show preview handlers in preview pane: If you select this option, preview pane (on the right side) will always show the contents of a file you have selected.
q) Show status bar: If you select this option, the status bar (which is at the bottom left side of folder window) for a folder will always be shown. Status bar shows total number of items, number of selected items, size of selected file or folder.
r) Use check boxes to select items: If you select this option, then each file and folder will show a check-box which you can use to select these files and folders.
s) Use sharing wizard (Recommended): If you select this option, a sharing wizard opens when you are sharing a file or folder to another user.
t) Automatically type in to the Search box: If you select this option and if a folder is open and if you start typing then, the text will directly go to the search box which is at the top right corner.
u) Select the types item in the view: If you select this option and if a folder is open and if you start typing then, the file or folder which matches to the text you have typed in will be selected.
5) Search Tab: This tab is used for changing search settings in folders:
a) Find partial matches: If you select this option, and when you start typing, the search is started and a partial match is found. For example, if there’s a folder name “More Process” and if you typed “Mo” in the search box, then the folder “More Process” will be popped up instantly.
b) Don’t use the index when searching in file folders for system files (searches might take longer): If you select this option, then the search is performed like old methods, without using the index. It will take longer to do this kind of search.
c) Include system directories: If you select this option, for non-indexed locations, the program files will also be searched. If you are a regular user it is not recommended to select this option because you wouldn’t want to change the program files in your computer.
d) Include compressed files (ZIP, CAB…): If you select this option, for non-indexed locations, compressed and cabinet files will also be searched.
e) Always search file names and contents (this might take several minutes): If you select this option, for non-indexed locations, contents of the file will also be searched.