[Windows 10 Fix] Text in Files and Folders Names Aligned to the Left Instead of Center

Recently an AskVG reader contacted me regarding this problem:

Is it possible to change the text under icons in explorer to be centered and not aligned to the left (Windows 10 v1703)?

Actually many Windows 10 users are suffering from this problem. This problem started after release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 build and still present in the latest Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703 build.

In this problem, if the folder view is set to icons and a file or folder name is longer, the icons text is aligned to the left instead of center as shown in following screenshot:


This issue occurs only in File Explorer. The icons text on Desktop is always aligned to center.

In previous Windows versions, the icon text was always aligned to center which has been changed in newer Windows 10 versions. Some people consider it as a bug and some consider it as a feature by design.

If you are also getting annoyed by this issue and want to force Windows to align the icons text to center, this tutorial will help you.

We can reset the icons text to center justified with the help of a small registry tweak.

If you can remember, long time back we posted a tutorial to disable full row select and auto arrange functionality in Windows Explorer of Windows 7 and later Windows versions:

[Windows Tip] Disable Full Row Select and Auto-Arrange Features in Windows Explorer

The same registry trick can be used to force Windows 10 to always show icons text aligned to the center instead of left.

To fix this issue, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script to Set Icons Text Aligned to Center in Windows 10

You may need to restart your computer or restart Explorer to take effects.

That's it. Now check files and folders names in File Explorer and all icons text will be aligned to center as shown in following screenshot:


The ZIP file also contains a restore registry script to restore default settings in Windows Explorer.

PS: As a bonus this registry script will also disable full row select functionality in details view of Windows Explorer. It'll also add "Auto arrange" and "Align to grid" options to the right-click context menu in File Explorer.


If you want, you can change and apply same folder view type settings to all folders easily using following steps:

1. In File Explorer, open any desired folder and customize its view type to your desired view such as details, large icons, etc.

2. Now open Folder Options (from Ribbon -> View).

3. Go to View tab in Folder Options and click on "Apply to Folders" button.

That's it. It'll immediately apply current folder view type settings to all folders in your computer.

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  • Thanks vishal! But for some reason this doesn't work in my pc (aniv update). I've tried restarting explorer, logging out and relogging in, and restarting my pc but it doesn't work.

  • VG

    ^^ You can try to manually delete following key from registry after running the script:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags

  • It Works but I think VG its needed to be refined cos inside folder view the "tiles" option is NA and in "List" view the "group by" is greyed out and to top it all of when I tried restoring ; it doesnt work even after restarting explorer and PC !
    What do I need to do to resolve this and reset the view ??

  • Please help as this mess with views in explorer is driving me insane, I've tried numerous times to reset it and even tried deleting the key manually and then running the restore reg key and still the views are a mess...tiles and list with group by are the most used views of mine so you can concur that why Im much pissed about it !!

  • VG

    ^^ Restore registry script will remove all customizations of folder view settings and you should get normal folder views back.

    You can manually delete following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags

    Remember to close all Explorer windows before deleting this key.

  • I am using this trick since the day you posted this article. Today after reading P2d comment I checked restore script and it worked for me. Now I have applied the trick again to centralize the icons text. So there is no problem in the scripts.

  • @VG, Tried everything as you said but here's the situation now : The only place that reverted to default state was My Personal Folder aka The Documents and others with it thats in the personal folder; but the drives & folders inside didnt + others places didnt reverted back !!
    Seriously, I dont know whats going wrong here !!

  • VG

    ^^ Deleting the mentioned registry key should revert to default.

    You can try following:

    Open a folder which is having correct view according to you. Then follow the BONUS TIP given at the end of the article. It should apply the view to all folders.

    You can also try to create a new user profile.

  • "Open a folder which is having correct view according to you. Then follow the BONUS TIP given at the end of the article. It should apply the view to all folders."
    @VG, Already did this but didn't worked cos after applying this, once I go back to check the folders with the said issue it reverts back and I also checked the registry after deleting then restarting and just after logging in checked again , the "bags" key isn't there but when I open the drive-folders with issues then it creates the key again......& I would've restored back the system but due to low disk space, my restore points got deleted on restarting the pc.

  • VG

    ^^ The Bags key stores folders settings so it'll be re-created once you open a folder. Its normal.

    Are you using any tweaking or customization software? I have checked the registry tweak in several machines and all are working fine. There is no problem in registry tweak.

    Try to create a new user profile for testing.

  • I will try the profile switch method and can importing Win7 view settings keys to Win 10 can resolve this ??....bcos I use a dual boot with Win7 and it still is good !!

  • Tried the new profile but looks like the adjustments I made on first account are really messing up the other account as well so I did exported "bags" keys from this account and used it and on the default one and then used the Win7 "bags" key over it and it worked for almost 80% of folders that I had accessed on Win7 but some that werent still are plagued with that mess, is it due to some tweaking (mainly used Ultimate Win Tweaker from WinClub for Explorer Tweaks ) or ESET that registry is reverting to forced center settings via applied keys ??
    Thanks for helping out so far !!

  • VG

    ^^ As I earlier said its not happening due to the registry tweak. The tweaking software must be causing this issue.

  • Thank you for this, it worked well until my 4-year-old daughter pointed out that tiles view is not available. So came here looking for an answer regarding that and saw you've given the method to restore the registry back. Thank you for both solutions. Keep doing the good work, good day!!

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