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    Windows Explorer

    Hi
    This is one of those questions of "I thought I used to do this but cannot anymore"! I do use MS products as it is a work requirement, therefore feel I should use them to their best. I use properties, summaries, titles etc to help identify the file by floating the mouse cursor over the file name in explorer and getting the file details. Now I don't appear to be able to do that on my network drives, but can still on my C: drive. I'm not sure if this change happened on a recent update to XP, or if it just happened when I wasn't looking.

    Can anyone help please.

    Thanks in anticipation

    John

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Just a note to say that it takes effect immediately. No reboot required.

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Hans

    Thanks for the help. I feel sane again - I thought I was losing the plot when the properties disappeared.

    I'm very impressed with Woody's lounge

    Best regards

    John

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    Extended info tooltip for network files (Win XP)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    By default, the filetip (the small info window that is displayed when you hover the mouse pointer over a file in Windows Explorer) shows a lot of details for local files, and only file type and size for network files. This seems to have been the case at least since the SP-1 update for Windows XP (the current version is SP-2). You can change it in the Windows Registry; be very careful when editing the Registry.
    <UL><LI>Select Start | Run...
    <LI>Type regedit and press Enter.
    <LI>Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT by clicking the + to the left of it (it becomes a -)
    <LI>Click on the first key under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, named *.
    <LI>It is wise to save a backup copy of this key now:
    <UL><LI>Select File | Export...
    <LI>Specify a location and a name. It should be a Registration file (*.reg).
    <LI>Click Save.[/list]If you want to restore the original situation, you only need to double click the .reg file you exported in Windows Explorer, or select File | Import... in RegEdit.
    <LI>On the right hand side, you'll see entries named InfoTip and QuickTip.
    <LI>InfoTip lists the information displayed for local files; the list is truncated in the screenshot below, but you can see it in its entirety by double clicking it.
    <LI>QuickTip lists the information displayed for network files; by default, this list is much shorter. You can double click it to edit categories; use InfoTip as a model. You only need to add categories you want to see.
    <LI>Of course, you can also edit InfoTip to suit your preferences.[/list]Changes will take effect immediately.

    See MSKB article How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 for more info about editing the registry.

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