How To Display Additional Details For A Folder In Windows 7

If you have switched to Windows 7 from Vista you probably already know how to enable how to display attributes, rating, and other info in Windows 7 explorer. But if you have switched from XP, I’m certain that you are new to this.

 Widnows Explorer

Windows 7 explorer displays file name, date modified, type, and size for an application file. And it will also display title, contributing artists, and album name for music files. In other words, it will show a few information depending on the type of file. It shows the file rating, size, and other info of a particular file only when you select a particular file.

As a result of this, you can’t view all the info of a particular file. With a simple trick you can enable all these and additional information in Windows 7 explorer. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Open explorer, go View menu and click on Choose details to launch Choose Details dialog box. You can also right-click on the file attributes to open Choose Details. Alternatively use Alt + V + H keys to open Choose Details.

View tab

Step 2:  Scroll down to see Attributes, Rating, size and other options. You can also select any other options that you would like to view in explorer.

Choose Details

Step 3: Once you select all the options, click OK to apply it.

Step 4: You will now see all the selected details in a particular folder only. To enable these details all the folders of this type, you need to apply these settings to all folders by using Tools menu (Alt + T) > Folder Options > View and then clicking on Apply to folders.

Folder Options



  1. Mark Baker says

    After hours spent with trying to understand the logic behind the “what and why” of information that is saved in Windows File Explorer (I’ve been a Windows user for nearly 25 years), I’ve come to conclusion that “logic” has very little to do with it. The only thing that you can really count on being a “constant” in the details listings is the “filename” field. Here’s one BIG example, among at least half a dozen that I’ve noticed. Date Created and Date Modified, are two DIFFERENT things, depending on what KIND of file you’re talking about. If you change ANY details in the “Comments”, “Keywords”, etc-ad nauseum, then it changes the “Date Modified” timestamp to the day, date and time that change was made. That’s all well and good, but it DOESN’T change that field if the file is a JPEG. Only if you copy the JPEG to another location — then it changes the “Date Created”, but NOT the “Date Modified”. Files from all other applications get BOTH fields changed to the moment of copying. Unless the file is from a Microsoft Office application, then the “Date Created” is maintained and only the “Date Modified” is changed to the moment of the file copy. I won’t even go into all the changes in sub-fields of the file or file folder “details”, because those changes make even less sense. The long and short of it is that relatively little thought has gone into the long term (or even short term when you consider the difference in Windows XP as opposed to Windows 7) user that makes the mistake of depending on the myriad of detail fields and sub-fields in any version of Windows. The lesson I’ve learned is that you have any valuable information that you think will do you any good to store in these fields, then you’d better think again.

  2. Brian says

    So, can anybody tell me which of those hundreds of ‘detail’ options apply to what kind of files.

    IE If I checked ‘author’ , what sort of file would be needed to support that column.

  3. Zaher says

    hi sir, can i add one more coloumn for the Folder file with writable detail? i.e. i have name, type, total size, etc.. i added one coloumn called Project. can i put name for this project and view it same like the album name in media file???

  4. Almena92 says

    thanks! a lot of thanks! I was searching this option, and finally i can do it with your tip!


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