How to add columns to the windows explorer "search" pane?

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  1. Posts : 736
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #1

    How to add columns to the windows explorer "search" pane?


    So i needed to add "dimensions" and "frame width/frame height" to my file explorer windows by default.

    I accomplished this.

    It doesnt seem to apply when searching however. I opened the folder options and the option "apply" is greyed out.

    Is this simply not possible?
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  2. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #2

    klepp0906 said:
    So i needed to add "dimensions" and "frame width/frame height" to my file explorer windows by default.

    I accomplished this.

    It doesnt seem to apply when searching however. I opened the folder options and the option "apply" is greyed out.

    Is this simply not possible?
    Add the desired columns in the Search Results folder, Explorer should remember your preferences...

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  3. Posts : 736
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    huh, one would think. wonder why its not saving it for me. Ill give her another go and report back.

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    tried again, apply to folders is still greyed out. Thats the means in which I got it saved to everything else. just not applying to the search results window.
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  4. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #4

    I see you have Dimensions in there (1),

    slide the horizontal scroll bar (2) to see if the rest of the attributes are there...

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  5. Posts : 736
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    lol. ALMOST had me feeling stupid :P

    Unfortunately I took that screenshot after having added it. I can add it, just closing the search window and trying to search again requires re-adding it, it doesnt save the column whereas if I go to any folder, its present perpetually.

    im trying to get it to be present perpetually whenever I do a search

    the window SS was meant to highlight that I cant select "apply to folders" like you can normally in non search windows. (at least in my case)
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  6. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #6

    klepp0906 said:
    lol. ALMOST had me feeling stupid :P

    Unfortunately I took that screenshot after having added it. I can add it, just closing the search window and trying to search again requires re-adding it, it doesnt save the column whereas if I go to any folder, its present perpetually.

    im trying to get it to be present perpetually whenever I do a search

    the window SS was meant to highlight that I cant select "apply to folders" like you can normally in non search windows. (at least in my case)
    Hmmm...,

    Strange! It sticks for me, even survives a reboot!

    I am using 'Old/New Explorer' though, I don't know if that has a bearing on it.
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  7. Posts : 736
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    yea it is strange. frustrating. I'll have to look into this "old/new explorer" perhaps it'll kill two birds with one stone so to speak. Fix the issue AND i imagine theres a reason your using it relative to the standard.
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  8. Posts : 11,354
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #8

    An apparent solution is given in the thread Customize File Explorer Search Default Columns - TenForums You'll have to track back studying the exchanges between CraigHB & KeithM to see the whole story.

    I had intended to try it out but have never found/made the time.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  9. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #9

    klepp0906 said:
    ......i imagine theres a reason your using it relative to the standard.
    I just think the Ribbon looks horrible!!!
    There's enough access to options in the Windows 7 style Command Bar and the right click context menu, etc.
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  10. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #10

    Try setting Sort By Name, Group By None;
    set your view, columns and widths in the Search Results folder itself and walk away, forget the 'Apply to all folders' thing.
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