System hacks: Multi-party control Explorer status bar

The status bar of Windows 10 Explorer is able to display some properties of the selected items, such as how many files are available, how many are selected, file size, etc. In addition, it is also able to control the switching of the file details display and the large thumbnail display, which provides a convenient way to keep track of the file resources. However, sometimes we may find that it does not display any information anymore. In this case, you can control the display of status bar information in the following three ways.

1. Through the system’s own settings

First, we can turn on the status bar display through Windows’ own settings.

Open File Explorer, press Alt+F on the keyboard, and then press Y (or click “Options”) (Figure 1).


In the subsequently opened “Folder Options” window, click the “View” tab, then scroll down the “Advanced Settings” list to the “Show Status Bar” item, if this is unchecked, it means that the status bar is disabled, check it and click the “Apply” and “OK” buttons in turn (Figure 2).


2. Borrow the registry editor

If there is a problem with Explorer or the “Options” button does not work, you can use the Registry Editor to solve the problem.

Press Win+R to launch the Run dialog box, type REGEDIT and enter to start the Registry Editor. In the Registry Editor window, locate “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced” and look for an item named ShowStatusBar in the right pane. If not found, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it ShowStatusBar; double-click the value and modify its numeric data to 1, which means the status bar display is valid (if the numeric data is changed to 0, it means the status bar information display is disabled) (Figure 3). After the modification, restart the computer to make the settings take effect.


3. Use third-party software to solve the problem

If you are not sure about modifying the registry, you can use a third-party software called Ultimate Windows Tweaker to turn on or off the status bar information display more easily. Click the Customization option in the left column of the software, then click the Files Explorer tab in the right pane, and finally check the Show Status Bar In File Explorer checkbox to turn on the status bar information display (Figure 4).


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