Viewing File Properties

This section provides a tutorial example on how to view file properties using Windows Explorer on a Windows 7 system.

If you see a file on Windows Explorer that we are not sure what this file is about by looking at the file name, you can use the file properties function to get more detailed information.

1. Run Windows Explorer and locate the file in the Windows Explorer.

2. Right-click on the file name. You will see the context menu showing up.

3. Select "Properties" from the context menu. You will see the Properties dialog box showing up.

4. Click the "General" tab. You will see some general properties about this file. See the example below:

File name:    AcroRd32.dll

Type of file: Application extension (.dll)
Open with:    Unknown application

Location:     C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader
Size:         27.6 MB (29,015,776 bytes)
Size on disk: 27.6 MB (29,016,064 bytes)

Created:      Saturday, December 15, 2012, 2:08:32 PM
Modified:     Saturday, December 15, 2012, 2:08:32 PM
Accessed:     Sunday, February 03, 2013, 5:35:59 PM

Attribute:    Read-only: no; Hidden: no

5. Click the "Details" tab. You will see some more properties about this file. See the example below:

File description  Adobe Reader
Type              Application extension
File version      11.0.1.36
Product name      Adobe Reader
Product version   11.0.01.36
Copyright         Copyright 1984-2012 Adobe System
Size              27.6 MB
Modified          12/182012 2:08 PM
Language          English (United States)
Original filename AcroRd32.dll

Here is a screen shot of file Properties dialog box on Windows 7:
Microsoft Windows 7 - File Properties

Last update: 2012.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

Introduction to Windows Explorer

 What Is Windows Explorer?

Viewing File Properties

 Turning On/Off File Preview Pane

 Options of File Listing in a Folder

 Always Show Icons, Never Thumbnails

 Best Seetings of Folder Options

 Applying Folder Options to All Folders

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version