How to Find the Properties Command in Windows Explorer

By Daniel Hatter

In Microsoft Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000) a Properties dialog box is available for all files and folders. In this Properties dialog box, users have a number of options, including customizable settings for file sharing, security and attributes. (File attributes are settings such as read-only, hidden, encrypted and compressed.) In Windows Explorer (the built-in Windows navigation system) the Properties command for any file is made easily accessible through two different means.

Step 1

Open Windows Explorer. This can be done by opening any folder on your desktop or Start menu (for example, the My Documents folder).

Step 2

Right-click on the desired file or folder. Alternatively, open the File menu located in the menu bar.

Step 3

Select "Properties" from the context menu. The file properties will be displayed on-screen.