How to permanently add columns to all folders in Windows Explorer

When you open any folder in Windows 10/8/7 display, File Explorer will typically display the following details about the objects – name, date modified, Type, Size, etc. But if you wish, you can display additional information or details about the objects, be they document files, image files, video files, or folders.

Add columns to all folders in Windows 10 Explorer

This post shows how to choose folder details to display and show additional information in Windows File Explorer columns, in Windows 10.

show additional information in Windows File Explorer columns

To add columns to all folders in Windows 10:

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Make sure that you have set its Folder View to display Details.
  3. Next click on the Add columns button.
  4. From the drop-down menu which appears, you can select some additional file attributes to display.

If you need to see all the information that can be displayed about the file, click on Choose columns to open the following Choose Details box.

Here you will be able to select the details that you wish to display for the items in this folder like Account Name, Album artist, Authors, Date acquired, date archived, Document ID, Folder path, Tags, Title, Word count and so on

Add columns to all folders in Windows 10 Explorer

Selecting these entries will also let you Sort or Group the objects using these attributes.

You can also arrange the column order by using the Move up or Move down buttons and set the width of the columns.

Once you have done this, you will have to open Folder Options. To do this, you will have to click on Options > Change folder and search options.

open folder options

Under the View tab, click the Apply to Folders button.


This will apply this folder view to all folders of a particular type.

Hope this helps.

Check this post if you want to change file attributes and this one if Windows forgets Folder View settings.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Coast Guard

    Will not display folder size in Size column no matter what I do.

  2. Christina

    What descriptions can you add for an item in a folder that are available to easily edit, other than the name?

  3. Zack Barkley

    This is way to much work if you have many folders with different optimizations, and a buggy Windows system decides to reset them all wasting all your effort. Has Windows documented where this information is stored in their registry or elsewhere, so that 3rd parties can write efficient bat script files that reset your folders to your desired specifications with a single click??? or is all this obsfucated behind hashese and encyrpted numbers in the registry or kernel? It would increase productivity so much for users to be able to quickly assess and sort on details within a specific format without wasting their customization time.

  4. Eoin Damien Prendergast

    I want to sort by ‘business address’. I have selected this option, but it is blank. I would like to add a value/text into this field so that I can sort by ‘business address’. How do I do thid

  5. Israel Flores


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