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Okay, I just discovered this morning when I tried to see how much space I would gain be emptying my recycle bin that the Status Bar no longer tells you the size of the files selected.... Also if you select a group of file types with various extensions you get a status bar like this....

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Okay, I'll bite. clicks..."Show more details"

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They could display anything here and it would be better than the date modified.

I noticed if the file extensions, (*.sys) for example, are all the same and you don't select too many you get a useful status bar

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There has to be a config change to make this last screenshot the default for all regardless.

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Don't think so - that's how it works in Windows 7 and I imagine it will stay that way. Purely in terms of the Recycle Bin, I don't think looking at the properties is the end of the world but if you tend to do a lot of checking in Explorer for file sizes I could see it being a pain.

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Actually, you might need to change the question text as it's subjective and doesn't indicate the actual information you're after. – Alan B May 12 '11 at 13:19

You could try highlighting the files and selecting Alt + Enter to view the properties.

Unfortunately this has been brought up time and time again on different forums and its something that Microsoft really need to fix.

i suggest using Classic Shell. This program emulates the old XP bar and will show you all necessary information

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good answer, but add-ins like that, reminds me of the days of windows 95, where you needed 10,000 third party apps to make windows behave. – MVCylon May 12 '11 at 13:02
Could give it a try, it has a small footprint and could solve your issue – admintech Jun 17 '11 at 10:20

Try dragging the top edge of the blue bar up, it gets bigger and shows more details and from what I've seen it can only show date created/modified and file size of selection.

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Not quite. If you select more than 15 items, then it says Show more details… instead of showing any information no matter how big the status pane is. – Synetech Jul 31 '11 at 0:18

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