If the mouse is pointed at an item in Explorer, a tool tip with additional information such as file size or date modified appears. You also want to see the file attributes here and hide redundant information.
The additional information shown by Windows as tool tip for an item is stored at different places in the registry. You can access these and edit the entries to your convenience. GENERAL TOOL TIP DEFINITION: Start the registry editor and navigate to the 'HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOT I * ' key. Double-click 'InfoTip' on the right side of the window. The value of this character string must always start with 'prop:', followed by the individual parameters separated by a semicolon. The table below gives an overview of the possible entries. Delete the redundant information from the string and insert other information, e.g., the file attributes with the identification 'Attributes'. The string used here also determines the sequence of the display. CUSTOMIZING THE TOOL TIP: Windows uses general tool tip parameters as long as separate display instructions for a particular object or file type have not been defined. This is applicable to DLL and EXE files, links ('Internet Shortcut') and file folders ('Directory'). You can even provide specialized tool tips to file types such as Word documents.
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT: First open the key for the desired file extension, '.doc' in
the example. You will see a value, for example, 'Word.Document.S' in the right window after the 'Default' character string. Navigate to the key with the same name under 'HKEY_ CLASSES_ROOT\'. You will now find the 'InfoTip' entry you were looking for. You can now customize this info tip with parameters of your choice
as described above. If it does not exist, you can simply create it with' Edit I New I Character string'
TOOL TIP FOR MEDIA FILE FORMATS: The settings for media files are present
in the 'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Sys temFileAssociations\audio', '\image'
or '\video' keys. You can configure the display with the 'InfoTip' character string even for these files. However, all parameters do not cooperate with media files. But there are additional options at your disposal.
MAKE THE FOLLOWING SETTINGS: 'Artist', 'Album', 'Year', 'Track', 'Duration', 'Type', 'Bitrate', 'Protected' and 'Size' for audio files, 'Type', 'DocTitle', 'Episode Name', 'Program Description', 'Duration', 'Bitrate', 'Dimensions', 'Protected' and 'Size' for video files and 'Dimensions', 'WhenTaken', 'DocTitle', 'DocComments', 'Camera Model', 'Type' and 'Size' for the image files.
NOTE: For Windows to show the tool tips, the suitable setting in Windows Explorer should be activated. Open 'Tools I Folder options' and switch to the 'View' tab. Here, activate 'Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items'.