Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows

    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows

    How to Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows
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    11 Sep 2017
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    How to Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows

    information   Information
    The details pane shows you see the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info 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.

    If you like, you can customize what preview details you want to show for specific file types in the details pane of File Explorer (Windows 8/8.1/10) or Windows Explorer (Vista/Windows 7).

    This tutorial will show you how to customize preview details of specific file types in the details pane of File Explorer for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to customize preview details in the details pane.


    EXAMPLE: Before and After custom preview details of ".exe" files in File Explorer details pane
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    Here's How:
    Note   Note
    If you would like help with any of the steps below, then please feel free to post a reply for what you need help with. I will be happy to help.


    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.file extension

    Note   Note
    Substitute file extension in the key path above with the actual file extension (ex: ".exe") you want to customize preview details for.

    Example: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe


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    3. In the right pane of the file extension key (ex: ".exe"), look to see what the data (ex: "exefile") is for the (Default) string value (REG_SZ). (see screenshot above)

    4. In the left pane of Registry Editor, scroll past the other listed file extensions to the data (ex: "exefile") for the (Default) string value (REG_SZ). (see screenshot below)

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    5. Do step 6 (customize) or step 7 (undo) below for what you would like to do.


     6. To Customize Preview Details for this File Extension

    A) Right click on an empty space in the right pane of the key (ex: "exefile") for the (Default) value data, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type PreviewDetails, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    If you already have a PreviewDetails string value (REG_SZ) in the right pane of the key (ex: "exefile"), then skip this step and go to step 6B below instead.


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    B) Double click/tap on the PreviewDetails string value in the right pane to modify it. (see second screenshot above)

    C) Type the data value below for the preview details you want with each separated by a semicolon ; in the order you want them to show, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


    prop:detail 1;detail 2; etc....

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    Note   Note
    Substitute detail # in the value above with the actual preview details you want.

    The link below at Microsoft will give you a full list of System preview details that you can use. You can click on a detail (ex: "System.ItemNameDisplay") link at the link below to see more information about what it is for.

    System Preview Details (Windows)


    For example:

    Code:
    prop:System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemTypeText;System.FileVersion;System.ItemFolderPathDisplay;System.Size;System.DateCreated;System.DateModified;System.FileAttributesSystem.FileOwner;System.FileAttributes;System.OfflineAvailability

     7. To Undo Customized Preview Details for this File Extension

    A) In the right pane of the key (ex: "exefile") for the (Default) value data, right click or press and hold on the PreviewDetails string value (REG_SZ), and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. If you have explorer open, then refresh (F5) the window to see your changes.

    9. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    12 Sep 2017 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 271
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86

    Shawn,

    Thanks. I have always wanted to be able to change the Details shown for music files - I add comments to my music files but did not know how to add them to the Details pane so I have always had to go through the Properties, Details tab {which is slower and, since it is not shown in the Details pane, I can quite easily miss doing some of them}.

    I thought the details of what I did might help somebody else so here goes.

    The MSDN link you provided does not list all of the available properties. I found the correct syntax for what I needed by searching the Registry for genre because that is already in the default Details for mp3 files so I knew it would be found somewhere or other. I found it in the entries for audio files in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ContentDirectory.item.audioItem and used the syntax it showed me for the particular ones I wanted.

    So I now have
    key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WMP11.AssocFile.MP3
    Name PreviewDetails
    Data prop:System.Music.AlbumTitle;System.Music.TrackNumber;System.Title;System.Music.AlbumArtist;System.M usic.Artist;System.Music.Genre;System.Music.Composer;System.Comment;System.Media.Year;System.Media.D uration;System.Audio.EncodingBitrate;System.DateModified

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    Thanks again. This will help me several times every single week.

    Denis
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    12 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,285
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Thank you Denis. I'm glad it could help.

    Here's some more properties: Windows Properties (Windows)
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 


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