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Monday, February 22, 2010

How to print list of files in a folder windows 7

How to print a list of files in a Windows 7 directory.

There is very easy to print a list of files in directory on Windows xp. You just need to dropdown file, hit print director, and it provided a basic listing of files in the director.

I wonder if there is a simpler way to do in Windows 7.

1. Click Start button --> All Programs--> Accessories --> Command Prompt.
2. Use "cd directoryname" command to go to the directory from which you want to print a file list.
3. Type "dir > filelist.txt".
4. Double-click on the filelist.txt file and press "Ctrl-P" to print list of files in a folder on windows 7.

Or you need to instll firefox on Windows 7. And drop the folder on the Firefox icon, then firefox will open with a printable file list. It's the easier way.


  1. Another utility that not only prints the list but can also show you space taken up by folders, file types, etc:
    showsize (showsize.com)

  2. remember a parameter to get more information "/s" to include sub directories. Old DOS commands, type on the DOS screen dir /? for more info.

  3. It's generally more useful to use the /B switch with your dir command


    C:\Movies>dir /B > list.txt

    Also, if the directory you need a list of is stored on a removable drive, such as a USB drive, then you will need to use the /d switch with your cd command.

    example: C:\>cd /d k:

    The example above assumes your USB drive is seen as the k drive in windows.

  4. On a MAC, you can do Command-A on whilst in a folder, then Command-C, and if the target after that is a text editor, you jusy Command -V and it just pastes the filenames with extensions, Genius! I've beena PC guy for years, is there not anythinglike this for Windows we can use?

  5. Already had Firefox and never knew it would do that - brilliant idea - many thanks

  6. As per Simon had firefox and never knew. Thank you so much.

  7. My current work place (and previous organisations I have worked for) have disabled the CMD prompt so I cannot Run and command, nor will .BAT files run. What suggestions for us second class citizens?
    PS Fortunately they have not outlawed FF here so that works, thanks.