Windows 10: Can't see folder size in Explorer

Discus and support Can't see folder size in Explorer in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi, Can someone please help? I can't see the size of each folder in Windows explorer. If I open the folder, I can see the size of the individual... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Cornishman, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. Can't see folder size in Explorer


    Hi,
    Can someone please help?
    I can't see the size of each folder in Windows explorer.
    If I open the folder, I can see the size of the individual files, but not the size of the folder.

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    :)
     
    Cornishman, Sep 1, 2015
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  2. lacrumb Win User

    How do I?...Reconnect File History Drive and then back it Up

    Getting to knowing how much size you would need,

    In File Explorer right click on a folder that has your music in it, click on Properties, it will tell you the size of the folder. This way you can see what size you need to store the folder.
     
    lacrumb, Sep 1, 2015
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  3. COLUMN RESIZING

    Windows File Explorer:

    I would like to see the lack of ability to apply "Size Columns to Fit" and "Size All Columns to Fit" to all of sub-folders of a folder addressed.

    Thank You.
     
    PatrickFultz, Sep 1, 2015
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  4. lx07 Win User

    Can't see folder size in Explorer

    It doesn't show it, no. You can right click and select properties or hover your mouse over it. Both show the size - properties shows more information such as the size on disk rather than just the nominal size that the tool tip shows.

    There are plenty of third party tools which will show you the size of folders (such as treesize free ) but File explorer will not.
     
    lx07, Sep 1, 2015
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  5. Thanks! I downloaded treesize free, and that did the trick!
     
    Cornishman, Sep 1, 2015
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  6. lx07 Win User
    You're welcome. I guess the reason File Explorer doesn't show sizes is it could get sluggish if it had to add up the sizes of all items in folders before displaying them...
     
    lx07, Sep 1, 2015
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  7. LMiller7 Win User
    Windows Explorer does not show folder sizes because Windows doesn't know, and cannot know, without a potentially long and laborious process. A single folder might contain hundreds of thousands or even millions of files, each one of which would have to be looked at to obtain the folder size. That is bad enough on a fast SSD. But imagine what it would be like on a slow conventional drive, or even worse, a slow network connection.

    See these articles for more information:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/...9/5750353.aspx

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/...28/336219.aspx

    The blog entries are by Raymond Chen, a Microsoft developer since before Windows 95.
     
    LMiller7, Sep 2, 2015
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  8. fsmart Win User

    Can't see folder size in Explorer

    With all due respect to the Microsoft windows development team it seems like it would be pretty easy to me to have windows have a table of folder sizes that it updates whenever a file is changed.
     
    fsmart, May 17, 2016
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  9. LMiller7 Win User
    This is one of those things that seem simple at first. But when you consider the details of implimentation things become much more complex.
     
    LMiller7, May 17, 2016
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  10. fsmart Win User
    Be that as it may. I don't understand why tiny third party software can do it lighting fast but explorer is incapable of implementing similar technology.
     
    fsmart, May 17, 2016
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  11. Wullail Win User
    Because those tiny programs concentrate on doing that one thing only using fast recursive searches , explorer is coded to do a lot more and a file copy for example would get majorly bogged down if it ran that recursive search to the exemption of everything else when you opened a drive letter.
     
    Wullail, May 17, 2016
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  12. dalchina New Member
    XYplorer manages this quite effectively - a dual pane tabbed full-featured file manager, so I would guess there are other 3rd party file managers that can do this too.
     
    dalchina, May 17, 2016
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  13. LMiller7 Win User

    Can't see folder size in Explorer

    Windows Explorer is the default file management utility in Windows unless another is installed. It needs to be an appropriate tool with no serious problems for a wide user base, not just home users. As already explained obtaining the folder size by current methods has some serious potential issues when used in a corporate network, and some other situations as well. That makes this feature inappropriate for Windows Explorer. Maybe some other implementation is possible without these issues but only an experienced developer who thoroughly under stands the issues could make that judgement. This is far more complex than most people imagine.

    If a user desires this feature they can install a third party utility. In that case the user takes on the responsibility for any issues it may cause.
     
    LMiller7, May 18, 2016
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  14. Berton Win User
    For accuracy in looking for information Windows Explorer was renamed to File Explorer in Win8 and later. For historical info, on Win3.xx/WFW3.xx it was called File Manager, changed in Win95.

    I've found the display settings play a part in hiding the drives' Properties item at the bottom of right-click menus, sometimes helps to Maximize the File Explorer window.
     
    Berton, May 18, 2016
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  15. DannyBoy Win User
    A file manager is so basic to an operating system. This kind of problem is ridiculous. Microsoft has head up ass. I've been coping with it for 35 years now since before windows NT. 3 out of 4 versions they put out are crap, windows 10 included. I'm going back to windows 7.
     
    DannyBoy, Jul 23, 2016
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