Start button | Computer | Change Your View menu | More Options | Slide the bar to Details view
Click the More Options arrow
In Windows 7 selecting a file in any view displays its attributes in the bottom bar.
A = all??? | RA = Read Only | HA = Hidden
Win98 - Details view can be set to display file attributes, such as whether or not a file is read-only, 'hidden,' a system file, or a file with the attribute bit set. To enable this feature,
- click on a folder
- choose "View"
- choose "Folder Options"
- On the multi tabbed dialog box that appears, click the "View" tab
- Check "Show file attributes in Detail View"
- press "OK"
XP - Details view can be set to display file attributes, such as whether or not a file is read-only, 'hidden,' a system file, or a file with the attribute bit set. To enable this feature
- open a folder
- choose "View"
- choose "Details"
- Choose "View" again
- choose "Choose Details"
- Check "Attributes"
Right-click the file
- Or, select all the files and right-click
- Choose Properties
- On the General tab click the Read-only check box to clear the dot
- Click OK
- Do you want to apply this change to this folder only, or do you want to apply it to all subfolders and files as well?
- Select to change for the folder, its subfolders, or any files in its subfolders.
If you click Apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files, the Read-only attribute is changed for all files in the folder and all files in the subfolders, but the Read-only attribute is not changed for the folder or its subfolders.
CAUSE: Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer. The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts, Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders. When a folder has the Read-Only attribute set it causes Explorer to request the Desktop.ini of that folder to see if any special folder settings need to be set.