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Windows Explorer defaults to a simple view of the files on your machine. You can change that default to include all details by following a few steps.
How do I get Windows Explorer to display details by default?
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How do I get Windows Explorer to display details by default in Windows 7?
Windows Explorer defaults to showing files as icons, and even to hiding some files from you. Personally, when it comes to my computer I'm a control freak - I want all the files and details by default. There are several options including viewing file details that you can manipulate, and it's fairly easy to make them the default. In fact it's one of my standard customization steps whenever I install or get a new copy of Windows.
It's easiest to think of this as a two step process. First we'll set an instance of Windows Explorer to look the way we want, and then we'll make it permanent.
Now verify that Explorer is showing you things the way you want to see them. If not go back and adjust whatever needs to be adjusted. When you are done:
That really all there is to it. Next time you start Windows Explorer, it should come up with the settings you've selected here.
As you might have guessed the two step process I've outlined above can be combined by not leaving the Folder Options dialog box before pressing Apply to All Folders. The only caveat is that you should press the Apply button at the bottom of the dialog before doing so to ensure that any changes you've made to appearance options have actually taken effect.
This video shows the steps to change the default behavior to show details instead of icons: