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    How to See the Folder Size in Vista
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    How to See the Folder Size in Vista

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    In Vista Windows Explorer you can see the size of a file in the Size column. However, the folder is left blank with no size. This will show you how to see the size for the folder.
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    This was done on purpose. On large content folders, it can take a few seconds to gather the size information for it. Now image that mulitplied by how many folders are in the window (EX: C:\Windows\System32). It could make navigating Windows Explorer an extremely slow nightmare.

    EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Folder Size Column
    Folder Size-size_example1.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    View Folder Size in a Pop-up Description

    NOTE: This is turned on by default in Vista. You will still only be able to see the size of one folder at a time though.
    1. Open Folder Options.
    NOTE: For more on this see: How to Turn Pop-up Descriptions On or Off in Vista

    2. Check Display file size information in folder tips. (See left screenshot below step 4)

    3. Check Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items. (See right screenshot below step 4)

    4. Click on OK.
    Folder Size-options1.jpgFolder Size-options2.jpg
    5. Move the pointer over the folder you want to see the size for and let it hover. (See screenshot below)

    6. A pop-up will show you the Size and Date created of the folder.
    NOTE: It might take a second if the folder has a large content.
    Folder Size-size_popup.jpg





    OPTION TWO

    View Folder Size in Folder Properties

    NOTE: This method contains more details than just the pop-up description in Option One above.
    1. Right click on the folder and click on Properties. (See example at top)
    NOTE: You can also select the folder, and press Alt+Enter to open the properties windows of the folder.

    2. You will now see the size information under the General tab. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: It might take a moment if the folder has a large content.
    Folder Size-properties.jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Folder Size

    An earlier contributer....."Valek Hawke" <ValekHawke@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    wrote
    > You know, I'm sure this question has probably been asked and answered
    > elsewhere, but for some reason my search queries don't seem to be doing
    > too
    > well. The question I have is this: Is it possible to get Windows Explorer
    > in
    > Windows Vista Ultimate to show the total size of a folder in the Details
    > view? It shows it for Compressed Folders (.zip) and individual files, why
    > in
    > God's name can't or won't it show a cumulative total for all of the
    > individual files that are saved in a particular folder? I don't want to
    > have
    > to use any third-party software to do this. This is functionality that
    > should
    > have been a part of Windows since 3.1 IMHO.

    And I whole heartedly agree:

    Surely the microsoft gurus could leave it to the owner of the computer to choose whether or not he or she would like to see the folder size displayed as is the file size.

    In these times of information overload it is easy to loose large files and subfolders among the many unspecified folders on our computer

    Is there not a fix for this erroneous shortfall available to those of us that would like to order our folders by size to easily optimise our disk space usage.

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    Re: Folder Size

    Hi jakrusl,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Unfortunately, not without using a 3rd party Windows Explorer substitute.

    I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for anything new that may allow this with some hack or change in Vista, but I believe that it is one of those things that is just to hard coded. I would be nice to have it as a Folder Option to check or uncheck.

    Sorry,
    Shawn

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    Re: Folder Size

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink
    NOTE: This was done on purpose. On large content folders, it can take a few seconds to gather the size information for it. Now image that mulitplied by how many folders are in the window (EX: C:\Windows\System32). It could make navigating Windows Explorer an extremely slow nightmare.
    I used the freeware Explorer shell extension FolderSize in XP for years, it seemed slick enough to me and that was with a much slower system. But now it seems MS have changed the way file information is obtained, FolderSize doesn't work in Vista.

    But if it was done for that reason, let the ones who don't object to any sluggishness resulting have it as an option like a 9x/XP Powertoy rather than built-in.

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    Re: Folder Size

    Hi cpemma,

    Yes, Vista has changed the way that functions. I agree with you. It would be nice to have a option to turn the Folder size on or off in the Size column like.

    Shawn

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    Re: Folder Size

    I have a problem with my windows after I upgraded to SP1.
    It seems that the General tab is missing after I right-clicked on a folder and selected properties.
    The only tabs available are Security, Sharing and Customize.
    As such, I can't view the size of the folder and am not able to set it as hidden or read-only. This happens to all folders (even the ones on desktop) but not to files.



    Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Re: Folder Size

    Hi mdshaman,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Sorry it took so long to reply, but I was trying to find a solution for this strange problem. I could not find anything on the net on this.

    Have you tried a restart to see if it was just a fluke?

    You might see if running a sfc /scannow command can find and fix the problem. You can see how here if needed.

    System Files - SFC Command

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Folder Size

    Hi,

    I have exactly the same problem as mdshaman on a laptop I'm borrowing while abroad. Have you managed to fix the problem? I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit with SP1 installed.

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    Re: Folder Size

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Sorry nothing yet. You might try running the sfc /scannow command to see if that can fix it.

    I would also post this question in the Vista General newsgroup to see if someone there may have ran across this too.

    Sorry,
    Shawn

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    Re: Folder Size

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hi Jeffrey,

    Sorry nothing yet. You might try running the sfc /scannow command to see if that can fix it.

    I would also post this question in the Vista General newsgroup to see if someone there may have ran across this too.

    Sorry,
    Shawn
    Im having the exact same problem??? Saw it today, its every folder??? You 2 guys who had this issue, have you used vlite to alter youre Vista DVD´s somehow??? Maybe its vlite?? Or what else could it be? Please if anyone knows an answer, please tell us?

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