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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 219
    Windows 10 Home
       02 Sep 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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  2.    02 Sep 2015 #2

    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.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 219
    Windows 10 Home
       02 Sep 2015 #3

    halasz said: View Post
    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.
    Thanks! I downloaded treesize free, and that did the trick!
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  4.    02 Sep 2015 #4

    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...
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 626
    Windows 7
       02 Sep 2015 #5

    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.
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  6. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       17 May 2016 #6

    LMiller7 said: View Post
    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.

    The blog entries are by Raymond Chen, a Microsoft developer since before Windows 95.
    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.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 626
    Windows 7
       17 May 2016 #7

    This is one of those things that seem simple at first. But when you consider the details of implimentation things become much more complex.
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  8. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       18 May 2016 #8

    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.
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  9.    18 May 2016 #9

    fsmart said: View Post
    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.
    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.
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  10. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,230
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       18 May 2016 #10

    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.
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