Windows Details Pane (Bottom Bar) – Customize it!

The Windows Details Pane may seem unchangeable, but it is not. You can make it higher to show more information, or lower to occupy less space, if you right click on some empty space inside it and follow the “size” menu. Beyond this, you can choose what information exactly it should display, and in what order, so that important information will appear first, at the left side, letting you see it even if you work on a window that is very small.

To change this open the Registry Editor at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SystemFileAssociations\ and then select the association you need to change, e.g. .doc for Word Documents, .mp3 for MP3 audio files, etc. Then go to the “PreviewDetails” key, open it and customize its value by changing the order of the commands or deleting those you don’t need at all. Better move the ones you need to the left, and not delete anything, in case you need it in the future.

For example, let’s say that you want Details Pane to show the BitRate of MP3s when you select a file in Windows Explorer.

1) Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SystemFileAssociations\.mp3
2) Open the “PreviewDetails” key at the right pane of the Registry Editor
3) Modify the “Value” box. Instead of

prop:System.Music.Artist;System.Music.AlbumTitle;System.Media.Duration;System.Rating;System.Media.Year;System.Audio.EncodingBitrate;System.Size etc.

make it display first the BitRate and the Size of your file:

prop:System.Audio.EncodingBitrate;System.Size;System.Music.TrackNumber;System.Music.AlbumArtist;System.Title etc.

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2 Responses

  1. Jon says:

    Trying to alter the registry key so that *System.Media.Duration shows up earlier in the details pane, but no matter how close to the front of the key, with or without the asterisk, and with all semicolons where they properly below, the only place the song length of the .mp3 shows up is if I enlarge the details pane to large size. I would like to keep the details pane in small size and easily see the song length. Any ideas why my machine is not cooperating after registry editing the string value for PreviewDetails in SystemFileAssociations\.mp3 ?

  2. This is strange. Try this; copy the whole value and paste it in a notepad to use it again later. Then in the Registry editor delete all entries except for the first ones until duration. Your value now should look like “prop:System.Music.Artist;System.Music.AlbumTitle;*System.Media.Duration” Do you still have problems seeing it?