Windows 10: Adding and Keeping custom columns in File Explorer

Every so often I get the crazy urge to clean up my photo, music or video content and when I do I love to see specific columns in File Explorer.  For Photos, its Date Taken and maybe even Camera Model.  For Music, its Album Size and Protected (to sort between music I've purchased or not)


The problem I had was keeping those settings for those folders.  I did some searching and found articles and notes on changing the registry etc, but finally found that you just need to make a few simple changes: Setting the Media template and saving the customizations to that media template.


First,  Select the parent folder and set it to Music, Pictures, Documents, Video or General (whichever you want to customize)

Let's stick with Music for this example:


Right click on the parent folder and select Properties ->Customize.

Select the template you want to use.

Make sure to select "Also apply this to all subfolders"

Click OK to exit.

Next, customize the folder view with the columns that you want:

Right client anywhere in the red box area…

Select More if you don’t see the attribute you want to add on the quick list.

For Example - I've added Protected and Size.

For music I've also sorted by # so all tracks will appear in order.


Once you have that setup the way you want it, go to View on the File Explorer menu and select Options -> Change Folder and Search options:

Under view click Apply to Folders.  This will apply the changes you made above to all folders marked as Music.

Repeat customizations for Pictures, Documents or just General folders.

Hope that Helps!

Comments (7)
  1. we says:

    These are not custom columns, they are pre-defined ones that you can switch in and out

  2. NeoBeum says:


    Can you point me in the right direction to be able to find API Documentation so I can find out how to create my own Property Field for a custom Column?

    I can’t find any relating to Windows 10. Most of the searches return Vista or XP or 7 results.

    I’m not even trying to do anything fanstastic, all I want to do is display directory tree size, and it’s already calculated for the mouse over tool tip, and in the folder property window for “Size on Disk”.

    I’m just trying to find a way to be able to display that in Windows Explorer.


  3. steve says:

    This is very useful

    i could not work out how to do this without diagrams, so this was very useful

    very good, thank you

  4. jack says:

    Thank you, I was able to set my media drive to display bit rate and size for all directories and sub-directories in one fell swoop. Awesome.

  5. Richard Overturf says:

    Thanks ! Exactly what I needed.

  6. Leo says:

    Many thanks. Did what I wanted.

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