enter image description here

My OS X Lion usually shows file info like image dimensions, file count, file size or duration (Show View Options → Show item info).

enter image description here

But in one folder on one drive I do not get the image dimensions, (or music file duration). Folder count and file size (only of certain types like zip files apparently) still show.

If I rename the folder then the item info shows normally, but rename back and it's gone again.

If I copy a file to the root of the disk or another folder on the disk, the item info shows normally.

Is there any way to change or reset these settings?

edit: i tried onyx delete all dsstore did not work

i just now tried rebuilding folder structure and it seemed like it worked if i made all new dirs instead of copying but after relaunch finder back to no info

it works if i rename it but damn there has to be a way to reset it?

  • The second screenshot looks so weird. Like it was stitched together. Anyway, can you open Terminal.app and ls -l@ /path/to/folder? If you completely trash the folder, move its contents away before, and then recreate the folder with the same name, does that work?
    – slhck
    Jul 29, 2011 at 18:12
  • One more thing: In the terminal, try rm /path/to/folder/.DS_Store, relaunch the Finder by alt-clicking its icon in the Dock and selecting "Relaunch" and see if that works for you.
    – slhck
    Jul 29, 2011 at 18:27
  • Is that on an external drive? What about the ls line I gave you? Can't you show me the output?
    – slhck
    Aug 8, 2011 at 11:39

2 Answers 2


Open your spotlight settings and click on the privacy tab.

If you folder is in there, Finder cant access your information.


Press +J (or View -> Show View Options from the Finder menu) then click Show item info.

Mac OS X Finder: View Options


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.