by Barry Dysert
(last updated April 6, 2015)
Both Windows Explorer (Windows 7) and File Explorer (Windows 8) are handy utilities that you can use to display the number of files or folders within a folder. Navigate to the folder you're curious about and ensure that no file or folder is selected in the details pane. In the lower left corner of the status area, the total number of items in the current folder is displayed. For example, the following figure shows that there are 12 items in my Temp folder. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Windows Explorer window showing 12 items in the Temp folder.
Note that these 12 items include both folders and files. Since I have organized the layout of the details pane such that folders appear at the top of the pane, I can easily determine how many folders there are and how many files there are. One way to do this is by selecting the top folder, holding the Shift key, and then selecting the bottom folder. This results in the number 4 being displayed in the status area, indicating that there are 4 folders in the Temp folder. (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. Windows Explorer window showing 4 folders selected in the Temp folder.
Obviously, then, the number of files in Temp would be 12 minus 4, or 8. If there were a large number of items in the folder, you could perform the same action but select the files instead of the folders. This would then result in the number of files being displayed in the status area instead of the number of folders. (And it would save you from having to perform the subtraction yourself.)
This tip (12389) applies to Windows 7 and 8.
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