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    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
    Published by Category: Customization
    20 Aug 2020
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    How to Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows


    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
    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-details_pane_before.png Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-details_pane_after.png



    Here's How:

    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\SystemFileAssociations\.file extension

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

    For example: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.exe

    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-customize_previewdetails_in_details_pane-1.png

    3 Do step 4 (customize) or step 5 (undo) below for what you would like to do.


    4 To Customize Preview Details for this File Extension

    A) Right click on an empty space in the right pane of the key (ex: "exe"), click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type PreviewDetails, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    If you already have a PreviewDetails string value (REG_SZ) in the right pane of the key (ex: "exe"), then skip this step and go to step 4B below instead.


    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-customize_previewdetails_in_details_pane-3.png Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-customize_previewdetails_in_details_pane-4.png

    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 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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

    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-customize_previewdetails_in_details_pane-5.png

    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:

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


    5 To Undo Customized Preview Details for this File Extension

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

    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-undo_customize_previewdetails_in_details_pane-1.png

    B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-undo_customize_previewdetails_in_details_pane-2.png

    6 If you have File Explorer open, then refresh (F5) the window to see your changes.

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


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,634
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #1

    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

    Details pane before changes
    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-details-before-changes.png

    Details pane after changes
    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-details-after-changes.png

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

    Denis
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,861
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21376
    Thread Starter
       #2

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

    Here's some more properties: Windows Properties (Windows)
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #3

    I could use some help adding the description field for .jpg images to the details preview. I have followed your instructions step by step several times, but it doesn't work.
    Does it matter that whether the file extension is .jpg .JPG or .jpeg ?

    Any help is appreciated!
    I'm trying to display and edit the IPTC and/or EXIF description data field of an image, in order to benefit from its SEO value online.
    Here is how it looks on my PC:
    Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-regedit3.jpg Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-regedit1.jpg Customize Preview Details in Details Pane of File Explorer in Windows-regedit2.jpg
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,861
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21376
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Hagen, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You would indeed set the PreviewDetails string value for only "jpegfile" for the ".jpg" and ".jpeg" file types.

    If you right click on the image, click on Properties, and click on the Details tab, are the details you want to see populated with info? If not, it won't show the detail in the Details Pane even if specified using this tutorial.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #5

    Thanks Brink for the quick reply.
    The description field isn't displayed in the properties -details as well.
    I guess then I have to find a third party software to edit those information?
    I have tried irfanview, but that seems not to be consistent somehow.
    Any other suggestions?
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,861
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21376
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I'm not sure which program would be best for that, but you might create a new thread in the "Software and Apps" forum area to see if someone may know a good one for you.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 28
    windows 8.1
       #7

    Is there a way to add Video codec information? I tried to find information about, but i guess thats not possible.
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  8. Posts : 494
    Windows 10 Pro Dev 21376.1
       #8

    MediaInfo is good solution. https://www.neowin.net/news/mediainfo-18031
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  9. Posts : 28
    windows 8.1
       #9

    ap1978 said:
    I want the information in preview details for explorer search reasons.
      My Computer


 
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