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Windows 7: Explorer - Total Filesize

24 Aug 2009   #1

Explorer - Total Filesize

Hi all,

I'm switching now from XP to 7 and I am missing a very important information in the Windos Explorer statusbar:

If you go to any folder, XP shows the size of all the files in this folder on statusbar

On Win 7 you have to select the files to see the total size. If you select more than 15 files you have to click "Show more Details" on the Infobar.
This really sucks.

Is there any way to fix this?



I think M$ has removed this view because users shouldn't think about memory consumption. And usage of RAM. And performance.
It just has to be colorful as much as possible :-)

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24 Aug 2009   #2

ultimate 64 sp1

interesting post.

i never noticed the 15 file limit before..most odd.

this wonderful new feature is actually called the 'infobar' - a 'status bar' still exists, but is off by default, and has sadly been dumbed down to uselessness.

to see just how useless the new status bar is, press 'Alt' while in explorer to bring up the menu bar, then view >> status bar
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24 Aug 2009   #3


Thanks a lot for this quick reply!
I have already activated the statusbar - and - it doesn't show the information i need..

Does your statusbar show the total filesize?

I think I'm going to switch back to XP. The only adantage of 7 is for me to access 8GB of Ram.

There are so many problem I have to fight with: 59Hz (see Forum), Bluescreens with Games, missing 32Bit Plugin-DLL support in Explorer, missing 32Bit Explorer (Win Bug), problem with ASIO Driver (Latancy), 2D Acceleration doesn't work properly and so on...

I am going to wait for SP1..
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25 Aug 2009   #4

ultimate 64 sp1

the status bar is useless, as i say. no file size - just number of files.

i am sorry to hear that windows 7 is not working well for you. most of your problems seem driver related.

anyway, good luck with sp1!
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25 Aug 2009   #5


I am running my old XP now (again). Don't you have any problems with 7? I can't belive this..

Some day I have to switch back because the support for XP will end and I hope 7 will be better then..

I have i dual-boot sytsem now and I am going to have an eye on 7.. lets see..

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25 Aug 2009   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GordonNT View Post
I am running my old XP now (again). Don't you have any problems with 7? I can't belive this..

Some day I have to switch back because the support for XP will end and I hope 7 will be better then..

I have i dual-boot sytsem now and I am going to have an eye on 7.. lets see..


Dual booting is a smart idea. You probably shold also keep reading to see if your issues are being resolved

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05 Sep 2009   #7


Yes, you are right. That is the only way. Thanks
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06 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM 7600

only problems i have had with 7 were drivers.. but got the ones i needed.. and when i installed it i should have unplugged my secondary HDD.. cause my boot record is on secondary drive now.... have to boot from d and load win on d.. but thats really no biggy.. just told bios to boot from d.. besides that i was an huge xp fan till i tried the Windows 7 rc.. tested it for a week on dual boot b4 i wiped it all out and now just run 7.. its a wonderful OS.. dont think ill be going back to XP... jusdt my 2 cents worth.. im bored at work..
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16 Oct 2009   #9

Windows Seven

OMG. I've been looking around the net for an hour to find out what i did wrong and why my status bar wasn't showing total file sizes(or even single files) anymore. I thought it was because i turned off thumbnails or messed around with the search indexing stuff(i wanted to get rid of those annoying thumbnails and thumbs.db's).. Why would they even remove this feature? FFS, it's not even a 'feature', it's a basic function like being able to copy and rename files! If i had known about this, i would have stayed on Vista. Also, they add a huge details pane, but that is also just as useless. It only shows total for like 10 files max, and it also takes ageeees to calculate the new file size when you select an extra file! What is the logic behind taking out those details and making it take longer to calculate the file size? Is it related to them changing how the cache or search index and stuff works? Or is it because they made it bloated by adding all those useless tags and ratings and stuff to files now? Do you guys think they will fix this with the final release? Surely people have complained and they have listened? Or at least add the option to have it on in future service packs or something? What's the chances? I'm very very annoyed at this, because i was loving windows 7 until i found this out. Now i'm very very annoyed and disappointed. If i didn't just spend like 6 hours making my OS nice and configuring it(and require another 10 hours to reconfigure VISTA again), i would install vista or XP again just because of this idiotic 'feature'.
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13 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

You should really look at:
Windows Explorer Status Bar: does not show file size

In general There's a great free source app named "classic shell" which doing the job.
More details at:
Welcome to Classic Shell
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