I use Finder mostly in the column view, which has a preview option. This shows a thumbnail of the selected file. Previously this showed file information like a date and file size. I prefer this much over the current view.

How do I get the file size and date info back without having to open the Info window?

  • 2
    When you're in column view, and you have a single file selected and showing in the preview pane, is there a More (...) button showing? Try scrolling the file's preview pane, or enlarge the entire window itself. The file size & date/timestamp is underneath the More (...) button.
    – IconDaemon
    Jul 5, 2019 at 13:32
  • Thanks, stupid that I never noticed that you could scroll down. My Finder window is never that high.
    – SPRBRN
    Jul 5, 2019 at 13:49

2 Answers 2


You can control what is shown in the Preview pane with "Show Preview Options" under the View menu. However, these settings seem to apply per-filetype.

You may want to remove the Quick Actions bar, which gets in the way of the file info. (You can still access the Quick Actions on a right-click Contextual menu.)

  • I would want to remove the Quick Actions bar. Do you know how to do that?
    – SPRBRN
    Jul 6, 2019 at 16:20
  • 1
    As I say: there's a checkbox in Show Preview Options.
    – benwiggy
    Jul 6, 2019 at 17:15
  • I didn't realise that you can right click on the quick actions bar, because that gives other options than right clicking on the filename.
    – SPRBRN
    Jul 6, 2019 at 17:19

The file size, creation and modification date information is shown just below the file preview.

enter image description here

You can scroll vertically over the file preview area or enlarge the Finder window to view the information.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .