How To Enable Details Pane in Windows 10

You can enable the Details Pane in File Explorer in Windows 10 to show useful properties about files and folders. The Details Pane is a special area which shows a lot of useful information about selected items. There are several ways to enable it, which will be reviewed in this article.


The Details pane shows extremely useful information about the object selected in File Exporer. This includes the file modification date, the file size, the author of the file and other information which can be related to file properties in Windows.
See the following screenshot:Windows 10 Preview Pane Default

The Details pane is not visible out-of-the-box. Windows 10 offers you a number of ways to enable it.

To enable the Details pane in Windows 10, you can do the following.

  1. Open File Explorer.File Explorer No Details Pane
  2. Press Alt + Shift + P keys together to toggle the visibility of the Details pane. This will enable it quickly when it is disabled.Windows 10 Preview Pane Default
  3. Alternatively, you can enable the Details pane using the Ribbon user interface of File Explorer. Go to the View tab. In the "Panes" group, click on the "Details pane" button to enable or disable the Details pane.
    File Explorer Enable Details Pane Ribbon You can also right click the Details pane button on the Ribbon and select "Add to Quick Access Toolbar". Tip: See how to backup the Quick Access toolbar in Windows 10.

If you need to enable the details pane with a Registry tweak, this is also possible. You need to import the following Registry tweak:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Copy-paste the text above into a new Notepad document and save it as a *.REG file. Then double-click the file you created to apply the change.

The undo tweak is as follows:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


To save your time, you can download these ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

Finally, you can add a special context menu command to quickly toggle the Details pane. See the following article:

Add Details Pane Context Menu in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “How To Enable Details Pane in Windows 10”

  1. Hello,

    would it be possible to disable the thumbnail or icon in the details pane and add a scroll bar to the right?

    With PDFShellTools and file meta association manager (Github) I create a lot of metadata (properties) and would like to see and edit them all directly.

    Many Thanks.

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