Select Columns…

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Explorer++ allows you to set data column visibility for folder listings on a tab-by-tab basis. Columns available also depends on the current tab’s folder type. The settings here apply only to the current tab; future (new) tabs adopt the settings from the Default Columns… setting.

For more information about column settings, see here.

Columns available

This area shows the list of columns available for the type of folder currently being viewed; checking the checkbox beside the name enables the column in the Files pane. This list of available columns may vary with the type of folder currently being viewed (ie. the active folder for a tab). In addition, while a particular column may be checked, not every file in the folder may possess the type of data placed in that column. For example, image files may show data in the Width and Height columns, but text files will not. In addition, the columns is different for virtual folders, etc, as outline in the lists following.

Column Order

Columns are displayed (left to right in the Files pane) in the order shown, from the top down. The order may be changed using the Move Up and Move Down buttons.

Folder type

Folder type/name Comments
Control Panel Windows virtual folder: a collection of applets for modifying your system, etc.
General This is a normal (ie. real) folder on your system. This type of folder comprises 99% of what you will view and presents, therefore, the most common list of columns.
My Computer Windows virtual folder: shows volumes (ie. drive letters) and some other virtual or system folders, such as My Documents, Control Panel, etc.
Network Connections Windows virtual folder: This is actually the Control Panel applet which manages connections.
My Network Places Windows virtual folder: This is actually the Control Panel applet which manages connections.
Printers and Faxes Windows virtual folder: list of printers, faxes and printer drivers connected to your system.
Recycle Bin Windows virtual folder: collection of erased files which are still recoverable.

Following is a list of all columns available for the different types of folders which can be viewed. Default columns (with a checkmark in the Def column) and default column order, assigned by the system (ie. order, left to right) ,are also shown. The user may change the default widths (always 150 pixels) through the Save Column Layout as Default menu item.

Incomplete

Columns marked as “n/a” (not available) may not be implemented as of this version of Explorer++, ie. they may be present but contain no data.

Control Panel

Def Column Description
✓ 1 Name applet name
✓ 2 Comments brief description of applet’s purpose

General

Applies to real files or folders. Not all tags apply to all file types.

Def Column Description or Comment
✓ 1 Name file or folder name
✓ 2 Type Windows associated descriptive file type
✓ 3 Size file size or folder contents size (if enabled)
✓ 4 Date Modified date of last file/folder modification. Some applications may modify the file without changing this attribute.
  Attributes common file attributes
  Size On Disk amount of disk space used by file
  8.3 Name file name in older (ie. DOS) 8 character name, 3 character extension format
  Owner Windows security - owner of file or folder
  Product Name executable - from Version property sheet
  Company executable - as above
  Description executable - as above
  File Version executable - as above
  Product Version executable - as above
  Shortcut to target of shortcut (.LNK or .PIF) file
  Hard links number of hard links associated with this file - see here for more
  Extension file extension (minus dot)
  Date Created date of file or folder creation
  Date Accessed date of last access (read or write) of file or folder. On Windows XP this may only reflect the nearest hour. Also see tip below.
  Title user supplied - title of file - entered in Summary property sheet
  Subject user supplied - subject of document - entered in Summary property sheet
  Author user supplied - author of document - entered in Summary property sheet
  Keywords user supplied - associated key words - entered in Summary property sheet
  Comment user supplied - comment - entered in Summary property sheet
  Camera Model EXIF data, recorded by camera in an image file
  Date Taken EXIF data, recorded by camera in an image file
  Width width of image (bits)
  Height height of image (bits)
    Note: The following media tags may be associated with audio, video or ? - tagging of media files allows many options!
  Bit rate media (audio/video) file - bit rate associated with data
  Copyright media (audio/video) file - internal tag identifying file as copyrighted
  Duration media (audio/video) file - play time
  Protected media (audio/video) file - identifies file as protected media
  Rating media (usually video) - internal tag for rating
  Album artist media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Album media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Beats-per-minute media (audio) - internal tag
  Composer media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Conductor media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Director media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Genre media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Language media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Broadcast date media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Channel media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Station name media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Mood media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Parental rating media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Parental rating reason media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Period media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Producer media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Publisher media (audio) - internal tag (text)
  Writer media (video) - internal tag (text)
  Year media (audio) - internal tag (text)

Tip

The Date Accessed timestamp may not be reliable in Windows XP. It is subject to a registry setting - NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate - which does not exist, by default. To enable automatic updating of Date Accessed, open a command prompt window and execute the following command:

fsutil behavior set DisableLastAccess 0

Executing this command creates the required registry entry and enables automatic updating of Date Accessed. Updating can be disabled by setting the value to 1.

My Computer

Def Column Description
✓ 1 Name drive name (and letter) or special folder name
✓ 2 Type Local Disk, CD Drive, Removable Disk, Folder, etc.
✓ 3 Total Size size available on drive
✓ 4 Free Space unused drive space available (bytes, GB, etc.)
  Comments provided by Windows - folder function, drive details, etc.
  File System FAT (ie. FAT16), FAT32, NTFS, Unknown

Network Connections

Def Column Description
✓ 1 Name name of connection, eg. Local Area Connection
✓ 2 Type n/a (future feature?)
✓ 3 Status n/a (future feature?)
✓ 4 Owner n/a (future feature?)

My Network Places

Def Column Description
✓ 1 Name name of tool or applet
✓ 2 Comments description of tool or applet

Printers and Faxes

Def Column Description
✓ 1 Name device or driver name (descriptive name, not file name)
✓ 2 Documents number of documents in queue (ready for printing)
✓ 3 Status Ready, Printing, error status, etc. - driver dependent
✓ 4 Comments user assigned, or place there by installation
✓ 5 Location user assigned? network?
✓ 6 Model brand name, model name

Recycle Bin

Def Column Description
✓ 1 Name file or folder name
✓ 2 Original Location original file or folder location
✓ 3 Date Deleted date the file or folder was deleted
✓ 4 Size file size or folder contents size (if enabled)
✓ 5 Type Windows associated descriptive file type
✓ 6 Date Modified date of last file/folder modification