The column bar under "My pictures" folder has disappeared!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Rileore, Feb 17, 2008.

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    Rileore Guest


    The column bar under "My pictures" folder has disappeared in Windows Vista
    64bits! Does anyone know how to fix it?

    Thanks in advance!
    Rileore, Feb 17, 2008
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    Bob F. Guest

    With an open folder window, rt click on Name>,then More > check the date
    type you want, click OK.
    Then left click on that date type you selected. Each time you click on it,
    it will be selected and toggle from ascending to descending order.
    Does that work for you?
    Bob F., Feb 17, 2008
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    Rileore Guest

    Hi, Bob!

    The problem is: the bar in which "name" was supposed to be has disappeared!
    There is no such bar or "name" in "My pictures" folder. In all other folders
    the bar is there.

    But thanks anyway...
    Rileore, Feb 18, 2008
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    Bob F. Guest

    When you went into the options folder was there a "date" there? In fact
    were there not many type of "date" options? Just select one then save and
    closeout and it should then appear in your file/Folder header list. Maybe
    you have to widen your window out to see it and then sort or reposition it
    to where you want it.
    Bob F., Feb 18, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Rileore.

    There's no feature named "column bar" in Vista. I think what you mean are
    the column headers in Windows Explorer.

    The User Interface of Windows Explorer is highly customizable. But, of
    course, since we CAN customize it, then we MUST customize it, unless we are
    happy with the default settings.

    In Vista, the designers may have gone too far with this. Explorer tries to
    determine what kind of files are in each folder and choose the proper
    template to display the files in that folder. The "Pictures and Videos"
    template offers many (dozens!) of columns of metadata, such as Name, Date
    Taken, Tags, Rating, Size, Dimensions, and others. To see the full list,
    right-click on any column heading and choose More... from the context menu.

    In addition to WHICH columns to display, we also can choose how wide each
    column should be. The first choice is "Size column to fit". If the first
    column (Name?) includes an entry with a very long name - and many picture
    files do have very long filenames - then that first option may make the
    column so wide that we can't see the header for the second column It may
    appear that there is only a single column, especially if the Navigation Pane
    (on the left) and the Preview Pane (on the right) have been toggled ON and
    if the Explorer window is not maximized. In an extreme case, the column
    label ("Name") may be so far from the left margin that it has disappeared
    off the right side of the window. The "column bar" should still be there,
    but blank, with no apparent label in it. There should be a horizontal
    scroll bar at the bottom, but it is easily overlooked. This confusion can
    be compounded by the choice to show Large Icons or Tiles or some other
    "View", rather than Details, which we may be more accustomed to seeing.

    My suggestion is to invest some time in exploring the many viewing options
    for Windows Explorer. Unfortunately, the option settings are scattered in
    the UI. There is a Menu Bar, but it is turned off by default; you can
    toggle it on momentarily by pressing <Alt>, or (semi-)permanently by
    clicking Organize | Layout. On this Layout menu is where you can also
    toggle the Navigation, Preview and Details Panes. In addition to the Views
    button on the Command Bar (where we choose Small Icons, Details, etc.),
    there is also a View button on the Menu Bar.

    Click this View button on the Menu Bar, then click Customize this folder...
    Here you can choose the "template" for this folder. For most folders you
    will want to set it to Documents or All Items, rather than the Pictures or
    Music choices. You also can check the box to "Also apply this template to
    all subfolders".

    These settings seem quite fragile, and I have to re-set mine from time to
    time. :>(

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Feb 18, 2008
  6. It's a hiccup in the saved folder views. If you don't mind losing saved
    views, you can use the 'Reset Folders' button on the 'View' tab of the
    Folder Options dialog.

    If you want to be more surgical in your approach, you need to edit the
    registry. You first need to find out which numbered subkey of:

    [HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

    contains the saved view settings for the folder. Two ways I know of -- for
    both you should have a shortcut to the folder on your desktop so you can
    open & close the folder without browsing thru any others:

    1) You can download Process Monitor: and set a
    filter with the parameters: Path Includes Bags, then open & close the folder
    in question and see which bag # was accessed.

    2) Export the Bags keys to save your view settings, then delete it. Log off
    & back on & then open & close the folder, then check via regedit to see
    which Numbered key was recreated. Make a note of the number & then import
    the keys you saved during the Export.

    Once you have the bag number, navigate to:


    Look for the value named 'FFlags' in the right-hand pane. Open calculator
    and use the view options to select 'Scientific' mode, the select 'Hex' as
    the base. Enter the FFlags value, then AND it with the value FCFFFFFF.
    Then edit FFlags to reflect the new value.
    Keith Miller \(MVP\), Feb 18, 2008
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    Rileore Guest

    Hi, Bob!

    The only solution that worked was the use of the "system restore" function
    of Windows. But thanks anyway!
    Rileore, Feb 19, 2008
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    Rileore Guest

    Hi, White!

    You are right, I meant "column headers". But the only solution that worked
    was the use of the "system restore" function of Windows. Thanks anyway!
    Rileore, Feb 19, 2008
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    Rileore Guest

    Hi, Miller!

    Unfortunatelly, the solution you suggested didn't work. The only thing that
    worked was the use of the "system restore" function of Windows. But thanks

    Rileore, Feb 19, 2008
  10. Odd it didn't work. I can turn column headers on or off for a folder view
    by manipulating the FFlags value. Glad you got it fixed tho.

    Good Luck,

    Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]

    Keith Miller \(MVP\), Feb 19, 2008
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