Friday, February 6, 2009

WINXP - Explorer Addon, Show Folder Size

Found a new and very useful addon for Explorer. Folder Size

This actually installs a Service. This is very handy if you need to see what hard drive space is occupied by folder contents.

The install & setup instructions are at the bottom. Click the screenshots to see larger view.

Folder Size Properties
opened from Control Panel

Folder Size for Windows (v2.4)


This small service utility ADDS a Column Option, Folder Size (the right-click option from Column Heading bar) to Explorer in View, Details. If you only use the icon view, this does not apply, but you can still install just in case you need to use a Details view.

Note that you have the choice of enabling this new Folder Size column for individual Explorer views, or for all views as stated in next section.

Also adds a Folder Size icon to Control Panel for configuration. Suggest setting Compact (GB size) in the Display tab.

Setting it up:

First, make sure you're running Windows 2000 or XP. Sorry, it doesn't work in Vista.

Download the installer (32bit or 64bit).

Run the downloaded file to start the install wizard. It has boring template text, so just keep clicking Next. Typical and Complete installs do the same thing, Custom lets you change where it gets installed.

Now the Folder Size column is available to Explorer, but Explorer isn't displaying it yet. Open an 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.

Changing settings:

Look in the Windows Control Panels to find the Folder Size control panel. If you're in the confusing Category View in XP, where it says Pick a category, click on Switch to Classic View in the left-hand pane. And then view as Icons. Isn't that better?

Use the control panel to change the way sizes are displayed. Also stop/start the service if necessary.


CAUTION: Remove the Folder Size column from all Explorer views FIRST

So it crashes every once in a while, and slows down your computer. That's no reason to uninstall it. Well, if you really want to, use the Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

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