Windows Explorer displays file information differently depending on what type of file it is. For example, photos show up in thumbnails while documents display full size. You can choose to view different types of files in different ways. This article explains how to do that.
Windows 10 introduced some major changes to how we view our files in File Explorer, including the ability to open folders in Details mode. This feature allows us to quickly navigate through the contents of a folder without having to open each individual item. In addition, it makes it easier to find specific items within a large collection of files. However, there are times when we might want to browse through a folder in List view, such as when we’re looking for something specific. To switch between the two modes, just click the icon next to “View By:” in the upper left corner of the window.
To make things even simpler, Microsoft added a button to the toolbar that lets you toggle between the two views instantly. Simply click the button to change the current view. You’ll notice that the button now says “Details View,” since this is what you’ll see when you select the option next to Foldering.
Windows 10 introduced some changes to how we interact with our files. One of those changes is the ability to change the default view of your files. You can now select one of three different views to see your files. If you are unsure what view best suits your needs, use the Details option. This allows you to see additional information about each folder.
To change the view of a single folder, open My Computer, select the folder, choose Details, and then select one of the following options:
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The default setting is small icons. If you are running Windows 10, you can use the Folder Options dialog box to make changes.
To apply the view change select above to all folders below the current folder, follow these steps:
1. Open the Folder Options dialog box by clicking the View tab, selecting Folder Options, and clicking the down arrow next to Display Settings.
2. Select the View option under Folder Options.
3. If you want to see the contents of the selected folder, select Show Contents. Otherwise, select Hide Contents.
4. Click the Apply to Foldernote to apply the display settings of the current folder to all subfolders.
5. Click OK to exit the Folder Options dialog box.
6. Close the Folder Explorer window.
To view additional file information, such as the size of a picture, you must open MyComputer or File Explorer. Right clicking an empty space will bring you to a menu where you can select what type of additional data to display. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to quickly access this feature.
You can find out how much disk space is being used by each folder, and even how much free space there is left on your hard drive. This includes the amount of free space on your main partition, as well as the amount of free space available on your secondary partitions.
If you want to know exactly how big a particular file is, you can do it easily. Simply double-click the file name to open it. If you don’t already have the program installed, you’ll be prompted to download it automatically. Once you’ve opened the file, you can see the exact dimensions of the image, including height, width, and depth.
You can also view the date and time that files were added to your computer, and the location of the original file.
Tim Wiley was a tech writer for seven years at Recode. In that time, he covered everything from basic browser.js and URL parameters to XHRs, performance, malware, security, enterprise apps, social media, and Windows secrets. He also written about how to hack Signal in 2016 and how to resist, or possibly even conquer, the zero-day threat.