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    Details Pane - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Details Pane - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    How to Enable or Disable the File Explorer "Details Pane" in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    29 Jul 2012
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    How to Enable or Disable the File Explorer "Details Pane" in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    You can use the details pane in File Explorer to see the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties are information about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to show or hide the details pane in File Explorer for specific or all users in Windows 8.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: Details Pane "Always hide" (disabled) or "Always Show" in File Explorer

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    OPTION ONE
    Enable or Disable ability to Show or Hide "Details Pane" using a REG File


    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    NoPreviewPane DWORD

    0 = default not configured
    1 = disable
    2 = enable


    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Enable File Explorer "Details Pane" for All Users
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    W8_Enable_Details_Pane.reg

    download

    B) Go to step 5 below.

    3. To Disable and "Always Hide" File Explorer "Details Pane" for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    W8_Disable_Details_Pane.reg

    download

    B) Go to step 5 below.

    4. To Enable and "Always Show" File Explorer "Details Pane" for All Users

    NOTE: This option will also disable the ability to turn on the Preview Pane.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    W8_Always_Enable_Details_Pane.reg

    download

    B) Go to step 5 below.

    5. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    7. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

    8. Sign out and in, or restart explorer to apply.


    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







    OPTION TWO
    Enable or Disable ability to Show or Hide "Details Pane" in Group Policy

    NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

    1.
    Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, File Explorer, and open Explorer Frame Pane. (see screenshot below)

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    3.
    In the right pane of Explorer Frame Pane, double click/tap on Turn off details pane. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5, 6, or 7 below for what you would like to do.

    5. To Enable File Explorer "Preview Pane"

    A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 7A)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    B) Go to step 8 below.

    6. To Disable and "Always Hide" File Explorer "Preview Pane"

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Always hide under Options, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)

    7. To Enable and "Always Show" File Explorer "Preview Pane"

    NOTE: This option will also disable the ability to turn on the Preview Pane.

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Always show under Options, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


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    8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Transylvania
    Posts : 130
    Windows 8 64 bits


    Sir how to hide the details and preview pane? On my 1st install of windows 8 things werere much simpler. In fact I think the default was to hide those

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello StefaNafetS,

    If you only wanted to turn on or off the "Details" and ""Preview" panes, then you could just click on them under the "View" tab in the ribbon like in the example screenshot in the tutorial.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Transylvania
    Posts : 130
    Windows 8 64 bits


    thanks but one would want to disable those when you can choose not to show!!
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    Posts : 20,484
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Sure, if you don't want users to be able to turn them on or off, then you could disable them.

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