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.)


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 '09 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 '09 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 '09 at 19:08
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    In Win7, start with Organize, then Folder and Search options, then the View tab. – thursdaysgeek Dec 9 '11 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 '09 at 18:03

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