How to Disable Folder Options in Windows 8

When my friends visit me, some of them often change the settings in my computer to their like. It is very annoying but what can you say, after all they are my friends. Lately, my friend Alex is always changing the folder options to display thumbnail images for the picture files, while I do not want this option to be enabled as this slows down the computer when you open any folder. After she did it for the tenth time, I decided to disable the folder options altogether just for the fun. You can also disable the folder options in the File Explorer using the Group Policy Editor. Here is how:

  1. Press the Win+R hotkey to open the Run dialog. In the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc and press Enter. This would open the Group Policy Editor.
  2. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration → Windows Components → File Explorer. Under File Explorer section, you would find a setting Do not allow folder options to be opened from the Options Button in the View Tab as shown in the screenshot below,Disable Folder Options in Windows 8
  3. Double-click on this setting to open another window where you can enable or disable this. Select Enable option in this window and click on the OK button.Disable Folder Options in Windows 8
  4. Now if you open File Explorer and try to click on the Options buttons in the ribbon bar, then you will be able to view the Folder Options, but it will show you a message that the operation has been cancelled.Disable Folder Options in Windows 8

Using the Group Policy Editor, you can restrict users from opening the Folder Options through the Ribbon Bar in the File Explorer. This way you can block just about anyone from making changes to your Windows computer’s file options.