Since my own Windows 7 machine I was able to use the shortcut Alt+1 in my explorer in order to open file or folder attributes (detail window with the file size and other properties).

This also worked a long time on Windows 10 but since a few days after the 1903 update it is no longer functional.
Now I have to use Alt+Enter (Alt+Return) in order to get the window.

How do I enable Alt+1 again? Was this a Windows built-in feature? Or the shortcut of another program? I am not quite sure, but Alt+1 is so much easier because of the only left hand use.

  • the shortcut for properties has always been Alt+Enter. Probably you have some programs or scripts that remap the key support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/…
    – phuclv
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 16:01
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    @phuclv I have Windows 10 1809 and using either ALT+1 or ALT+ENTER both get the properties windows for me. no scripts or anything.
    – Smock
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 16:07
  • @Smock I am also quite sure that I never installed a program that would bring this behaviour. But why is it not working anymore? And how to turn it on again?
    – toddeTV
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 16:16
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    Aha! I see that Alt+1, Alt+2, etc. are triggering the items in the Quick Access toolbar in Explorer. Perhaps 1903 removed that toolbar. Or removed or rearranged the items. See if you can find a way to get the toolbar and its items back.
    – Doug Deden
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 17:15
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    If you tap 'Alt' when in explorer does it show shortcut keys over all the options?
    – Smock
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 11:37

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It's possible you've somehow accidentally removed Properties from the Quick Access Toolbar

Should be easy enough to get back again:

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Click the little down arrow to access the Quick Access Toolbar customisation menu:

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to go back to what I believe is the default:

  1. Untick all options in this menu
  2. Tick 'Properties'
  3. Tick 'New Folder'

You should then be able to verify by tapping the Alt button so the shortcut keys appear:

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I've done this using a PC with 1903:

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shoutout to Doug Deden who also realised it was the Quick Access Toolbar

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