How to See the Folder Size in Vista
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.
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
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.
Open Folder Options
NOTE: For more on this see
: How to Turn Pop-up Descriptions On or Off in Vista
Check Display file size information in folder tips
. (See left screenshot below step 4)
Check Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items
. (See right screenshot below step 4)
Click on OK
Move the pointer over the folder you want to see the size for and let it hover. (See screenshot below)
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
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)That's it,
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.