I need to see the Attributes column in all sub-folders of a certain directory. View->Choose Details and checking Attributes only seems to work for the currently selected folder. Can I enable this throughout, including for any subsequently created sub-folders?

(As can be done in the Choose Details dialog, I'd like to be able to specify the size and position that should apply to all folders as well.)

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Once you have enabled the attributes column and set its size:

  • Go to Tools -> Folder Options-> View Tab
  • Click the Apply to Folders button

That applies the view of the current folder to all the folders of a specific type though (not only the directory tree), but that's the only way I know of to basically do what you want.

  • That was my initial thought too, but it doesn't appear to work for me on XP.
    – djhowell
    Sep 17, 2009 at 17:51
  • @djhowell: It works for me. That's actually one of the first things I do on a freshly installed system: set the explorer view on "details", add the attribute column and apply to all folders.
    – fretje
    Sep 17, 2009 at 17:54
  • The actual button is "Apply to All Folders". And indeed it seems to effect all folders everywhere, not just the directory tree that I have in mind.
    – Chris Noe
    Sep 17, 2009 at 19:08
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    In Win7, start with Organize, then Folder and Search options, then the View tab. Dec 9, 2011 at 0:28

You need to edit the registry. In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced add a DWORD called ShowAttribCol and set it to 1.

  • @djhowell, Will this show the Attribute column everywhere, not just the directory tree that I have in mind?
    – Chris Noe
    Sep 17, 2009 at 18:03

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