View and edit file properties with PropertySystemView, a new freeware tool from Nirsoft

PropertySystemView is the latest addition to Nirsoft’s ever-expanding arsenal of byte-sized utilities. The program graduated from pre-release to the steady model right this moment.

View and edit file properties with PropertySystemView, a new freeware tool from Nirsoft

It gives a method to view the file attributes utilized by Windows’ properties system.  But, it will possibly do extra than simply viewing the Properties because it lets you modify them. This may be helpful if you wish to protect or add some metadata like Last Saved Date, Author or EXIF data.

A menu bar is positioned on the high with a toolbar just under it. The giant clean space of the window is the properties pane the place the assorted attributes of the chosen file are displayed.

Loading Properties

The drop-down menu positioned close to the toolbar has three choices to view the properties. The first of those is the “Load properties of the next path”; to make use of this click on on the three-dot button to navigate to the folder the place the file that you simply wish to view is positioned. The program additionally helps drag-and-drop, so you need to use it to load a file shortly.

PropertySystemView example loaded

To view the properties of an utility that is working, click on on the “crosshair” icon and drag it onto the window of this system. This will load the focused utility’s window deal with. The third possibility within the menu lists all properties obtainable in your laptop. Hit the F8 key or the Go button to view the data of the chosen file or window.

Eleven columns are displayed within the property pane: Canonical Name, Display Name, Formatted Value, Raw Value, Read Only, Viewable, Property Type, Multiple Values, Property Key, Enum List and Index.

Click on the identify of a column to kind it in ascending or descending order. The View menu homes a columns editor that has toggles for every column, and additionally permits you to rearrange them.

PropertySystemView columns

The Options menu has a toggle to show solely the properties which might be editable. The Show Time in GMT setting is helpful for displaying the timestamp of the edited file in GMT, as an alternative of this system’s methodology of changing them to your native timezone.

Enable the “Grid Lines” to enhance the readbility of the properties. Or toggle the Mark Odd/Even rows possibility, which in my view is best than the grid view. Right-click anyplace within the properties pane to view the built-in context menu.

PropertySystemView context menu

Use this so as to add, edit or take away a property. Double-clicking a line additionally brings the property editor into view or you need to use the keyboard shortcut Control + N.


This pop-up window has two choices: Property Name and Property Value. If you are creating a new property, you need to use the drop-down menu on this window to pick the property identify. The choices listed below are the Canonical Names.

PropertySystemView example

The worth must be entered manually and differs primarily based on the chosen property’s sort. Trouble discovering the property you wish to edit? Hit Ctrl + F or the “Find” icon on the toolbar or the Edit menu to shortly seek for a particular attribute. The Options menu has one further setting that you need to use. The “Keep Filename Time on Property Change” preserves the unique date and time of the file whose property you edited.

PropertySystemView example 2

The “Open Microsoft Web Page” possibility in this system’s context menu hundreds a new tab in your browser the place you may study extra concerning the chosen attribute. The context menu additionally has choices to avoid wasting a chosen property to a doc, and you may select from TXT, Tab Delimited Text, JSON, Comma Delimited CSV, HTM or HTML (Horizontal/Vertical) and XML codecs. If you simply wish to copy the property to the clipboard, there’s a shortcut for that within the right-click menu.

PropertySystemView save report

The HTML Report menu merchandise saves a copy of the chosen property or all properties, and opens the saved file in your net browser. The report is saved in this system’s folder, must you wish to put it aside for reference.

The Properties command within the menu shows the details about a chosen property in a pop-up window. This is helpful in case you discover the conventional view troublesome to learn. All the context-menu choices are additionally obtainable from the menu bar and some may also be accessed from the toolbar.

PropertySystemView properties window

PropertySystemView helps Command-line choices, you may study extra about these on the program’s official net web page.

Like all of Nirsoft’s purposes, PropertySystemView is transportable and helps 32-bit and 64-bit programs. It helps all variations of Windows from Vista and above.

If you favor working with command-line applications, try ExifTool, which additionally permits you to view, edit and extract the properties of information.

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