General Show or Hide Status Bar in File Explorer in Windows 11


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The status bar at the bottom of File Explorer will show you how many items are in and selected for the currently opened folder. The two buttons below are also available on the right side of the status bar.

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(Ctrl+Shift+6) = Change current folder layout to details view.
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(Ctrl+Shift+2) = Change current folder layout to large icons view.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the status bar in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Setting the status bar to hide or show in File Explorer is a global setting that is applied to all folders, and not just in the current folder.



Contents

  • Option One: Show or Hide Status Bar in File Explorer in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Show or Hide Status Bar in File Explorer using REG file


EXAMPLE: Status bar in File Explorer

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Hide_File_Explorer_status_bar.png





Option One

Show or Hide Status Bar in File Explorer in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (show - default ) or uncheck (hide) Show status bar for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

File_Explorer_status_bar_Folder_Options.png





Option Two

Show or Hide Status Bar in File Explorer using REG file


1 Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.

2 Show Status Bar in File Explorer

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Show_Status_Bar_in_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowStatusBar"=dword:00000001

3 Hide Status Bar in File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Hide_Status_Bar_in_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowStatusBar"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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SpacemanSam

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The Status Bar in use since Win.8 is very lame compared to the Status Bar used in Windows 7.
OldNewExplorer can be used to restore the "good" Status Bar to Win.8+.

1. Download the following batch file. Save it in a directory which is always accessible. (I use D:\ConfigureWindows; YMMV.)

2. Make a subdirectory called OldNewExplorer, then download OldNewExplorer from MajorGeeks or Softpedia or your favorite other site, and save it in ./OldNewExplorer.

3. Run the batch file.

Batch:
REM Use OldNewExplorer to enable the Windows 7-stye "Details" bar at the bottom of File Explorer windows

REM Set Bitness to 64 or 32 based on whether or not we're running Win-64
for /f "tokens=2 delims==" %%a in ('wmic os get osarchitecture /value') do set OSarch=%%a
SET "Bitness=%OSarch:~0,2%"

XCOPY "%~dp0OldNewExplorer\OldNewExplorer%Bitness%.dll" "%SystemRoot%\System32" /D /Y /Q
RegSvr32 /s "%SystemRoot%\System32\OldNewExplorer%Bitness%.dll"

4. Do this registry edit on every user (including Default):

Batch:
REM This registry setting needs to be applied to each user.
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Tihiy\OldNewExplorer" /V "Details" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Shawn,
Please include this in the tutorial (or make a new tutorial if you feel that would be more appropriate). Feel free to clean it up if necessary.
 

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