If you point your mouse cursor at a file icon and wait about two seconds, Windows displays a little yellow box (a tool-tip) with some information about that file such as Author, Date, Path, etc. This way, you know what a file is about without opening it.
Sometimes, you want to know what attributes (Read-only, System, Hidden and Archive) a file has. Normally, you need to right-click the file and open the Properties window, which shows you the current attributes.
However, with a little Registry tweak you can view the Attributes of a file within the Tool-tip as well.
Take note of these simple steps:
1. Go to Start>Run. Type Regedit and hit Enter. This will open the Registry Editor. On the left-pane navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*.
2. In the right pane, double-click the ‘InfoTip‘ String Value and in the Value Data text box, add the word ‘;Attributes‘ and click OK.
3. Again in the right pane, double-click the ‘TileInfo‘ String Value, and in the Value Data text box, add the word ‘;Attributes‘ and click OK.
4. Exit the Registry Editor. Now move your mouse cursor over any file either in Windows Explorer or on the Desktop. You’ll be able to see the file attributes in the tool-tip.
Note: This setting only applies to simple tool-tips. Some file types have their own tool-tip provider, so the attributes will not be visible within the tool-tip.Â