"Offering free computer help, hints, and tips to the Internet populace." Now with over 3,820 tips!

Windows XP and Explorer

Choose Folder Details to Display

SUMMARY: Add detail to your Windows XP Details View such as Song Length, Picture Resolution, and more.

When you chose "View" - "Details" from within a folder in Windows XP Explorer, columns are shown that Windows XP thinks are the most useful for said folder. For example:

* For file folders, these are usually Name, Size, Type, and Date Modified.

* For music folders, details shown are usually Name, Size, Type, Artist, Album Title, Year, Track Number, and Duration.

* For picture folders, you may see Name, Size, Type, Date Modified, Date Picture Taken, and Dimensions.

However, these chosen details may not be to your liking. Some items may not be needed, others you wish to see. Luckily you can customize these options on a per-folder basis.

1. From a folder, choose "View" - "Choose Details".

2. A "Choose Details" dialog box will appear. From here you will have lots of options, listed here in alphabetical order:

* Album Title
* Artist
* Attributes
* Audio sample rate
* Audio sample size
* Author
* Bit Rate
* Camera Model
* Category
* Channels
* Comments
* Company
* Copyright
* Date Accessed
* Date Created
* Date Modified
* Date Picture Taken
* Description
* Dimensions
* Duration
* Episode Name
* File Version
* Genre
* Keywords
* Name
* Owner
* Pages
* Product Name
* Product Version
* Program Description
* Protected
* Size
* Status
* Subject
* Title
* Track Number
* Type
* Year

Naturally, some of these options do not make sense for all folders. Music folders don't need the "Camera Model" information; photo folders can't use "Audio sample rate", etc. But for those that make sense, check the boxes next to the details you wish to see.

If you want to move an item up or down in the list (higher items are shown to the left in the "Details" view), click the item in question and press the "Move Up" or "Move Down" button.

To change the width of a column, click the appropriate detail and type in a new pixel width next to "Width of selected column (in pixels)".

When you're done, click "OK" to close the dialog box.

Return to the Windows XP and Explorer page.

Print this tip

Get the Newsletter

blog comments powered by Disqus

Thanks For Sharing!

Newest Tips:

Windows 8
Make Two More Time Zones a Mouse Hover Away
Sites to Browse - Humor - Pranks
When Online Reviews get Ridiculous
Windows 8
Make it Easier to Differentiate Explorer Windows by Showing Full Paths
Google Chrome
Easily Share Content on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, More

Follow Us!

About MalekTips and the Author

The MalekTips website was created in 1998 by Andrew Malek of Envision Programming. The page's goal is to freely disperse computer-related tips, hints, and informative articles. Tips are organized to be easy to find, and are presented clearly, in easy-to-understand language. MalekTips also provides information and links to public-domain, open source, freeware, shareware, and commercial software available for download.