There is an option for a Windows user to set different folder options. This can be customized by going to ‘Folder Options’ under ‘Tools’. However, sometimes you may not find Folder Options listed under tools and there can be a lot of reasons for this. You may have tampered your registry editor or may be your Folder Options is turned off by default and such.

Don’t fret if the Folder Options is not there in your PC or Laptop, as it is easy get it back. There are two ways to get this done. However, the second option is not available if you have Windows XP / Vista / Home edition.

First solution is a registry hack:

1> Click on Start –> Run –> type regedit –> press Enter.
2> Navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion­\Policies\Explorer].
3> In the right panel you’ll see a value NoFolderOptions. Right click on that and delete it by choosing the delete option.
4> Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersio­n\Policies\Explorer], in the right panel you’ll find another NoFolderOptions, right click on that and delete that as well.

Save the edited registry and you will be able to see the folder options. This works on all version of Windows XP, Vista and other variants.

The second solution will not work on Windows Vista/XP home version. The second solution is to change the Group Policy settings:

1> Go to Start –> Run –> type gpedit.msc –> press Enter.
2> Navigate to “User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer“.
3> In the right panel you’ll find ‘Removes the Folder Options menu item from the Tools menu‘, right click on it then choose Properties.
4> If the setting is enabled, disable it and save the options.

Either of these two will work for you. If in case you still are not able to get the folder option working let us know so that we can find a workable solution for you.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I have tried what u said in first type. but when i open [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersio­n\Policies\Explorer] it is showing as below

    (default) REG_SZ value not set

    and as soon as i leave the following folder

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion­\Policies\Explorer]

    and reopen the same, there is another “NoFolderOptions”

    repeatedly “NoFolderOptions” is created.

    still i cant find folder option in tools.

    kindly drive me

    thanks with regards
    sathish rosario

  2. I have tried what u said in first type. but when i open [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersio­n\Policies\Explorer] it is showing as below

    (default) REG_SZ value not set

    still i cant find folder option in tools.

    kindly drive me

    thanks with regards
    sathish rosario

  3. Dear Sir,

    I am unble to access the folder option in the tools bar. I have hide some folder and could able to access them.

    I have also tryed your solution but i could not success.

    Awating for your positive reply.

    Thanking you in advance.

    With regards,

  4. in my system i can not access the folder option in the tools bar…. and it is also adding a read me .txt file all the pen drives i keep in the system and it acting some thing different, this make my system slow and it is sucking me..
    Please help out…….

    thanks in advance

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