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Viewing Control Panel as List vs. icons

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This question has two parts:

   1.  Why does the Windows 95 Control Panel sometimes come up with the icons view instead of the list view, even though I never change the view to the icon mode.

   2.  Is there a way I can prevent this from happening.  I like the list view, and don't like the icon view.

If you are not sure what I mean, go into the Control Panel.  If you don't know how to do that, you probably cannot answer this question.

Under view, you can select either:

   .  Large icons
   .  Small icons
   .  List

I always select list, but the system reverts back to small icons sometimes.  It seems to do it at random times.  It might stay in list mode for weeks, before backsliding to small icons.

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The "system" can only remember settings of the last 29 folders you use.  It forgets the least recently used.  You can hold <shift> or <control> when you close the window but this is only a temporary solution.

References:
  http://www.annoyances.org/win95/win95ann3.html#16
  http://www.annoyances.org/win95/faq.html#04
  http://www.annoyances.org/win95/win95ann3.html#01
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What does using shift-control do?  Keep the folder in the last 29?
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Not shif-control, either shift or control (don't remember which), but yea, it's supposed to do just that.  Check the URLs, they have a good explanation.

Also, get TweakUI (freeware from www.microsoft.com).  It contains a checkbox that allows you to make the saving of the properties the default behavior (without using shifts and controls) although the 29 windows limit is hardcoded and cannot be changed.
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Alexu,

I appreciate the clarity and directness of your answers.  Thank you.
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You're welcome.
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