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Details Pane - Turn On or Off

How to Turn the Details Pane On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
06 Feb 2010
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How to Turn the Details Pane On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
You can use the details pane in Windows Explorer to see the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties are information about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file. The details pane is turned on by default in Windows 7.

The details pane only shows the size of 15 selected items by default and viewing the total size of more than 15 selected items requires clicking on the Show more details link each time the selection changes.

This will show you how to turn the Details pane on or off in all Windows Explorer windows in Windows 7.
Tip   Tip
When the Details pane is turned on, you can drag it's top border line up and down to increase or decrease the size of the Details pane.

EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Layout
NOTE: The details pane is the bottom pane in Windows Explorer.
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OPTION ONE
To Turn "Details Pane" On or Off in Windows Explorer
1. Open Windows Explorer (explorer.exe).

2. On the toolbar, click on Organize and Layout. (see screenshots below)
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3. To Turn On the Details Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Select (click) Details pane to have it checked. (see screenshots above)
4. To Turn Off the Details Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Select (click) Details pane to have it unchecked with the icon now showing. (see screenshots above)
5. All Windows Explorer windows will now open as you set this.



OPTION TWO
To Turn "Details Pane" On or Off using a REG File Download
1. To Turn On the Details Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Details_Pane_On.reg

download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn Off the Details Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Details_Pane_Off.reg

download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Close and reopen any open Windows Explorer window to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file on the desktop if you like.
That's it,
Shawn







05 Feb 2016   #1
soewhaty

Win 7 x64
 
 

Isn't there a keyboard shortcut to toggle the details pane, just as there is alt+P for the preview pane ???


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05 Feb 2016   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello soewhaty,

Close. It would be Alt+Shift+P to toggle the details pane.

EDIT: Nope, that's only in Windows 8/10.
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05 Feb 2016   #3
soewhaty

Win 7 x64
 
 

Yeah .. i saw that one somewhere and tried it, but mysteriously for me that shortcut toggles the Preview pane, not the Details pane ... i don't know why ... I already have a fine shortcut for toggling the Preview pane and that is alt+P, so why Alt+Shift+P now toggles again the Preview pane and not the Details pane is a mystery to me. Any idea?
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05 Feb 2016   #4
soewhaty

Win 7 x64
 
 

Very frustrating ...
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05 Feb 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Tab key is the only way I've ever gotten to the organize menu list
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05 Feb 2016   #6
soewhaty

Win 7 x64
 
 

yeah but @Brink ... why doesn't Alt+Shift+P work .. makes no sense?????

it's too long and tiresome to do it with Tab ...
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05 Feb 2016   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soewhaty View Post
yeah but @Brink ... why doesn't Alt+Shift+P work .. makes no sense?????

it's too long and tiresome to do it with Tab ...
It just wasn't coded to do so.

I'd just leave it turned on to avoid the frustration if you're always turning it off and on.
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05 Feb 2016   #8
soewhaty

Win 7 x64
 
 

Ermmm ... alright .. not really sure i followed u there ... isn't Alt+Shift+P by default supposed to toggle the Details pane (at least that's what i though you suggest by your 1st reply to my question) ... or do I have to code it to do that?

So that's it ... no other way? Strange ...

Well yeah ... it's annoying but ok... if no keyboard shortcut exists then it has to be done with the mouse ...
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05 Feb 2016   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No, Alt+Shift+P is only in Windows 8/10 from the edited post.

There is not a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Details pane in Windows 7.
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