How to acces folder options in Windows 7 and Vista, quickly and from any open folder

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In Windows XP, users were able to access folder options quickly, via the tools menu in any open folder. In Windows 7, however, there’s been a slight change, and at first glance it seems that the tools menu is simply not there anymore.

I recently needed to access and change my folder options, so I searched Google for “How to change folder options in Windows 7”, and most of the top results pointed me to the of the Control Panel, where indeed you could access the folder options.

However, a much faster route to “folder options” is to simply press “Alt+T” from any open folder, whereupon the tools menu will appear and let you access “folder options” just as in XP. Click on the screenshot above to see the process illustrated.

How to change folder options in windows 7

How to make menus in folders always displayed by default:

If you want the menus to be always displayed in your Windows 7 folders, go to folder options, click the “view” tab, then check the box marked “Always show menus” and then click “OK” (see screenshot below).

View folder options in Windows 7