The status bar's functionality in Windows 7 (and maybe Vista, but I don't know for sure) is no longer showing me what it used to in previous Windows. I have tried all possible options such as Classic Shell and so on. Basically, the one thing I miss most is seeing at a glance the total size of my selected files.

I know I can press Alt+Enter or whatever, but that's not the point. The point is that the so-called 'details' pane stops providing details if more than 15 files are selected. Cannot understand the reason behind such a stupid arbitrary limit, that doesn't seem to be user-configurable at all.

Anyway, what I'm looking for is a way to change that limit, either via the registry or otherwise. Is this at all possible?


There is no way to change the arbitrarily low (and extremely silly) limit of 15 files imposed by Microsoft on the Details Pane in Windows 7. MultipleInvokePromptMinimum only changes the limits for the context menu.


Put this in a text editor, save it as a .reg file, then apply it. this changes it from 15 to 256, but you can use whatever number you want.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Sets maximum files allowed to be opened concurrently to 256. (Default is 15.)
; Hexadecimal.
  • This does not work on my machine, not even after reastarting explorer.exe or the machine itself. – István Zachar Jan 13 '12 at 16:47
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    @IstvánZachar, that’s because it only affects running more than 15 files, not showing information about more than 15 files as the OP was asking about. (I really don’t know what the heck the four people who up-voted this answer were thinking since it obviously doesn’t work. This is a good example of how meaningless votes are since people obviously do it randomly for whatever looks good.) – Synetech May 26 '14 at 22:43
  • @Synetech it's not that easy. People (like me) who are looking for this code google MultipleInvokePromptMinimum, and find the code they are looking for, and thanks the guy, even if the answer is off topic. I thank you @gaff, but can't upvote unless you mention it as a side answer. – JinSnow Jan 22 '20 at 19:23

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