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More Detail Columns

We’ve talked before about adding info to properties in documents and media files. In case you missed it, head over to the tip on our web site… Want Detailed File Info? Put it in the Properties [1]

Well, did you know that in Windows, you make any of this info available as columns in Detail view? No? Then check this one out.

I stumbled across this after I created a folder full of MP3 files. All that showed was the file name, but I wanted to view other information as well.

As a rule, when all else fails, I right click something. So, I right-clicked the column header and sure enough, there was a list of columns that I could add to the folder details.

For music files, I selected Name, Artists, Bit Rate, Length and Size. For document files, you might want Author and Comments. You might also decide you don’t need some of the other choices Windows has made for you – just uncheck them.

If the choices you’re looking for aren’t shown in the right click context menu, you can click More… at the bottom, and select from a much, much longer list.

Next you can re-order where the columns are. you should keep the Name column first, since this is where you click to open the file. Left-click the column, hold down the left mouse key and drag to where you want it. Now that you have it set up, you can sort the columns any way you want with a simple click on the column headers.

If nothing shows up in these new columns, it’s because you don’t have any info in those fields. Again, check out the tip about Properties [2] or use your media player to “Tag” your MP3s.

I hope this makes your files easier to manage.

~ David