Windows Tip: How To View Folder Sizes in Windows Explorer
Sometimes when I’m using the computer, there are times where I stop and just think, WHY DIDN’T THEY ADD THIS FEATURE? It’s so obvious to the user, but for Microsoft and other developers, it must NOT be that obvious…clearly a times where you can see that programs are designed by engineers…without the users they’re programming for in mind.
Here’s a great example: When you’re using Windows Explorer in the DETAILED VIEW, you’ll see a column called “SIZE” which displayed the size of FILES that are in any given folder you are viewing. But if there’s a FOLDER in the list, it neglects to calculate that folder size and instead displays a blank. Why wouldn’t the Microsoft programmers that made Windows add that information? C’mon!
Here’s a great add-on program that solves the problem and allows you to see the FOLDER SIZES in Windows Explorer:
Now this is a very practical application to download and install. Here’s the directions from the site:
Setting it up
- First, make sure you’re running Windows 2000 or XP. Sorry, it doesn’t work in Vista, or in a 64-bit version of Windows.
- Download the installer.
- Run the downloaded file to start the install wizard. It has boring template text, so just keep clicking Next.
- Now the Folder Size column is available to Explorer, but Explorer isn’t displaying it yet. Open a Windows Explorer window in Details view.
- Right click on the column headers to see a list of columns you can add. Choose Folder Size.
- Now we can replace the existing Size column with the new Folder Size column. Right click on the column headers and uncheck the Size column. Drag the Folder Size column header to where Size used to be.
- Make this the default view for all folders. Go to Folder Options from the Tools menu. In the View tab, click Apply to All Folders.