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  1.    24 Mar 2017 #1

    How can I print a list of Folders and Files as it appears on screen


    Should be a simple task, Even my keyboard has a "Prt Scr Sys Rq" I believe I have done it in the past Using Word (Home and Student 2007) - what I would like is a "photo snapshot", but printed just of the open folder list of Folders and files as option 1, I am filling pages with Hand written Scrawl that may lose the plot.
    Option 2 I would find it useful to perhaps head the page with the Pathway to the folder's contents.
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  2.    24 Mar 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by billz View Post
    Should be a simple task, Even my keyboard has a "Prt Scr Sys Rq" I believe I have done it in the past Using Word (Home and Student 2007) - what I would like is a "photo snapshot", but printed just of the open folder list of Folders and files as option 1, I am filling pages with Hand written Scrawl that may lose the plot.
    Option 2 I would find it useful to perhaps head the page with the Pathway to the folder's contents.
    could a command line command be enough? You could open a command prompt, go to the folder you need and type

    Code:
    dir /B /S > list.txt
    that will create a list.txt file containing directories, sub-directories and all files there. You can than print it out..
    Last edited by brainvision; 24 Mar 2017 at 12:15. Reason: typo
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  3.    24 Mar 2017 #3
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    snipping tool might work
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  4.    24 Mar 2017 #4

    Hi Brain vision and 51sandman, thank you both for responding.
    I tried using Cortana and typed in cmd and got the Command prompt popup, typed in dir/B/S/>list.txt at first nothing happened the curser went to next line. Then after a while the screen printed two series of paths ending with the directory path is too long It is too long - The Computer wants to access every bit of infomation along convoluted pathways as I have saved information from 98Se and Word 2002 at least.
    I just need the visual information a print screen command will convey-
    Having just typed that - the idea light bulb lit up. so I went Cortana and got the Microsoft Paint shortcut and pinned it to my task bar. Found a Folder I could stand losing opened the folder pressed "PrtScrn" opened paint "Ctri V" and screen shot was duly pasted in full colour, also the origin folder was in a list on the left hand side under a list starting Quick access, Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Folder1, Folder 2 etc which on my long list of Folders did not finish in the Landscape copy i took, so To get a longer list I tried adjusting the printer to Portrait setup with the folder in question showing as I had not bothered in first go, all what happened was the Landscape page got shrunk until it fitted in the now narrower width of Portrait and only taking half the page to print the same landscape print on paper. They were both saved in the "Pictures" Main folder, and both copies were placed in an empty folder. Magic, I had started trying to write the information down, to get some order in finding important to me documents I have stored over the years. It was defeating me.

    51sandman I have heard of snipping tool , I can understand the idea, or the concept, what is it, and how do you use it.

    Regards, Billz
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  5.    24 Mar 2017 #5
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    Windows key and X key, then click on Command as an administrator and make sure that you are in your My Documents folder under your username. Otherwise it is going to end up in the System32 folder. There is no way to get a visual of what is in Explorer without taking a snapshot with the Snipping tool or just the Print Screen key and then open Paint and paste the screen shot into it. Doing the command from Command will give you the DOS version of the folders for that directory that you are in.

    Is there any particular reason why you want to do this?
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  6.    24 Mar 2017 #6
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    the command is

    Code:
    dir /S /B > list.txt
    pay attention to white space

    the > part means it outputs the content of dir /S /B to a text file that you should open with an editor; it will be in the same directory where you are in command prompt when typing the command

    Also be sure to first use cd command to go to your folder (if enabled into your File Explorer you can also right click a folder and select Open Command Prompt here): like

    Code:
    cd C:\Users\blablabla\Music
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  7.    24 Mar 2017 #7

    Hi Bro67,
    Followed Windows button and X got a list and I note there are two Command Prompts, the one marked Admin which gives authorization to alter computer. I am searching all my old documents and wanted a simple way other than using Notebooks to follow the paths of what I have found and copied or printed, the simpler the better. As I am certain some important documents are lost in my disorganized system over the years of putting items in Folders used at the time , and as time progresses those folders are scooped up for space and parked This has gone on for a very long time.
    By copying the screenshot instead of writing it down will bring some control and order to my searches, without destroying documents I believe I may need to produce., as I find documents I can print them off or mark where they are for easy retrieval.
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  8.    24 Mar 2017 #8

    Hi brainvision,
    I did try your suggestion earlier but T got messages about extra long pathways. I cant risk changing anything.
    I note what you say about white spaces.

    Regards, Billz
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  9.    24 Mar 2017 #9
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    If there is a windows.old folder still, that is where the old installation of Windows and your old user account is located. If gone, you are SOL in retrieving them, unless it was set up to sync to One Druve and they may be online at the Microsoft One Drive cloud under that account.
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  10.    24 Mar 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by brainvision View Post
    could a command line command be enough? You could open a command prompt, go to the folder you need and type

    Code:
    dir /B /S > list.txt
    that will create a list.txt file containing directories, sub-directories and all files there. You can than print it out..
    Good to know.
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