Multiple options to print folder trees or files list in Windows – watch this short video. Follow these simple steps to print folders on paper or to PDF, TIFF, XML, or CSV.
Print Folders in Windows
These are the best options to print folders and file lists/trees in Windows.
The simplest way to print folder and directory contents is to use the Folder Size application. Best of all, it is completely free and very easy to use. It can do a lot of things and help you to free up disk space easily. However, we will focus on printing folder contents and file lists.
In short, there is a Windows Explorer context menu “Scan with Folder Size”. All you have to do is to navigate to the folder that you want to print and use it. This will start the application which will scan the corresponding folder and list all the files and sub-folders of the selected item.
In order to print the results use the File->Print option. This will display the Print Preview dialog where you can choose multiple options. Folder Size can print to many file formats. Certainly, those include the proprietary PPV (Print Preview), PDF, EMF, or multi-page TIFF. Of course, it will print on paper to the printer too.
Print Folder & Files
Printing folders and files is quite easy. The user interface of the tool resembles the one of Windows File Explorer. Therefore, it is quite easy and intuitive to use. The user interface is empty on startup. That is because the tool will list only the files and folders that you are interested in. Evidently, it will scan only the locations that you are interested in to save resources. Certainly, you can print network locations and mapped drives as well.
Steps to print folders & files:
- First, click the yellow “Scan Folder…” button and choose the folder that you want to print.
- Then, select File->Print Details View.
- Finally, set the printing options and click “Print Pages”.
There is a short video tutorial on how to print folder and directory contents here:
Print Folder Tree
Printing the folder tree is not too different than printing the folder’s content. The difference is that the tool will print the folder tree that is on the left side of the application. Obviously, that folder tree is almost identical to the one of Windows File Explorer.
Steps to print folder tree:
- First, click the scan folder button and choose the folder that you want to print.
- Then, expand the folders that you want to print in the folder tree on the left.
- Finally, click the “Print Folder Tree…” button. Set the print options and click “Print Pages”
Export Folders & Files to XML or CSV
The main goal of this free tool is the disk cleanup task, and printing a directory is just a tiny feature of all the things it can do. With its Explore-style interface, you can start using the tool right away without the need of checking the documentation. The application can scan certain folders or entire hard drives and present the results sorted by size in a neat report. This makes it easy to determine the space hogs immediately. The distribution of disk space is also visualized with nice pie and bar charts that can be interactively used for navigation too.
You can easily export the folder tree or the files list to CSC or XML.
To export the files list to XMLS or CSV follow these steps:
- First, scan and select the folder that you want to export.
- Then from the File menu click on “Export details view…”. By using that option you can export the information in the large details view on the right.
- Choose the file name and also the file type. If you want to view the information as an Excel table then export it as CSV. Microsoft Excel natively supports CSV files.
To export all the files and folders to XML or CSV follow these simple steps:
- First, scan the folders, computers, or network locations that you want to export
- Then choose File->Export As from the files menu
- Select the file type in the Save As dialog, set a file name, and click “Save”
There are options that you can set in order to customize the exported data. You can find them in File->Options->Export.
You can view the Folder Size tutorial here.