Well, keeping files organized and also your drive storage optimized means that you guys have to get rid of files you don’t need. Hard drives have gotten big and you guys can easily find systems along with 1TB drives but users who are now moving to an SSD have to make do along with less storage space. If they do not really have a hard drive to go with it. Regardless of your storage situation, you guys should still keep unnecessary folders off your desktop. It’s a good idea to start along with large folders and move them to external storage. Read this How to Display Folder Size in Windows 10
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How to Display Folder Size in Windows 10
The Windows 10 file explorer actually has a lot of useful functions, however, many of them aren’t too obvious. If you want to see the size of your folders, then you have many options available to you. Now here are some of the best:
If you guys want to see the size of your folders, then you can actually do so just by hovering over a folder. Just open your File Explorer to a random location and then hover for a second or two over the folder in question as well.
You’ll see some additional info there, and also part of that is the size of the folder!
Make Size visible
If you want to see your file sizes permanently, then you can easily change a setting in order to make this possible. Just open a file explorer window and right-tap on the ‘Name’ field at the top. You’ll see some options – specifically, options, and that also lets you pick what sort of info that you want to see about your folders.
Just choose the Size and the property will then appear on the far right of your window actually.
Tip: when the size property will appear, it may sometimes be empty – Windows can’t always correctly estimate file sizes in that view actually. Especially for folders that basically contain additional folders. You can use one of the other methods if this one doesn’t work for you!
For the most detailed view of your folder sizes, you guys will have to use the Properties feature. To do that, right-click on a folder and choose Properties at the bottom of the menu.
A new window will then open up and show you some additional info on your folder. You’ll see what size a folder is if it is compressed or not, how much space it takes up on the disk (this is the size on disk property) as well. And even how many other files and folders are in the folder too.
Tip: Windows only looks into the actual folder, and not sub-folders. So, if your folder contains two files and two folders, each and every with two files each, and this view will still say two files and two folders as well. It doesn’t count the files in those folders into the total number of files. However, it DOES count them into the folder size property of X MB, for example.
- You have to open File Explorer.
- Choose the folder that you guys want to view the size for.
- Now wait a second or two and a tool-tip will appear.
- The tool-tip will show you the actual size of the folder.
If you guys need a more holistic view of how storage is being used on your Windows 10 PC. Then the Settings app has an excellent tool that lets you guys visualize how storage is used.
- You have to open the Settings app.
- Head to the System group of settings.
- Choose the Storage tab.
- Permit the tab in order to load the storage usage.
- When you load, then click the Show more categories.
- You guys will get a list of how storage is used on the drive. Choose a category to view folders under it.
- For non-Windows drive, just scroll a little further down and choose ‘View storage on other drives.
TreeSize Free | Display Folder Size
There are lots of third-party tools that you guys can use to see the folder size on Windows 10. It’s basically an area where the OS generally lacks so plenty of tools have developed to fill the gap actually.
- You can install a free app called TreeSize Free from the Microsoft Store.
- Run the app, and then tap on the Select Directory button.
- Pick a folder or a drive in order to scan for folders.
- The app will now show you each folder and its size. You guys can sort the results via folder size.
- Expand each folder and you can then see the size of the folders nested under it.
Folder size in File Explorer search
You can also use File Explorer in order to search for files and folders and the results can be sorted via size.
- First of all, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to search in.
- Tap on inside the search bar, and enter a search term. Then click on Enter.
- When the Search completes, then head to the Search Tools tab.
- Open the Size dropdown, and choose one of the sizes presets to narrow the results down.
- Just like that, you can use the size: search modifier to enter a custom size e.g. size:1MB. Now add it at the end of the search term.
Folder size in File Explorer | Display Folder Size
If you set the folder view of a specific folder to ‘Details’, File Explorer adds a Size column to it. Unfortunately, this column remains empty for any and all folders as well. Windows 10, and its many predecessors do not really show the folder size in File Explorer. And it doesn’t actually plan on doing that in the future even though users have been asking for the feature.
Well, the reason the feature doesn’t extend to folders is that it can also take time to calculate folder size and that would slow File Explorer down as well. It’s not a big deal for smaller folders that do not actually have a complex folder structure. However, for large folders with many files and many nested folders under them. It can become a problem that Windows would like to prevent.
Delete unnecessary folders
It’s a really good idea to keep junk files and folders off your system. Here are a few ways in order to do that;
- Clean or empty the Recycle Bin most of the time.
- Turn on the Storage Sense from the Settings app under System>Storage.
- Remove junk files and also remove Windows update files. You can do this via right-clicking the Windows drive, and choose properties. Tap on ‘Disk Cleanup’ and delete anything that isn’t needed.
- If you take a lot of screenshots, then make sure you delete the ones you don’t have because the folder can get really big over time.
- Check folders like those created via Apple and delete anything you don’t need e.g., multiple backups for a device as well.
Well, I hope you like this “Display Folder Size” article and understand all the steps. However, if you still have any problems and queries related to this article. Then feel free to ask me in the comments section below. I’ll get back to you shortly.