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Folder Size is Freeware for Windows that Displays Folder and File Size

One of my biggest pet peeves with the built-in Windows File Explorer is that it doesn’t show the size of folders in Detail View. Out of the box the only way to see folder size is to hover over a folder with the mouse and wait for the info box to pop-up, or open up the folder’s properties through the context menu. Why? If Windows was constantly querying folders for size then the Operating System would see a noticeable performance hit.

Folder Size is a freeware program that aims to solve this by scanning a drive only when you request it.

The program features a simple yet effective graphical user interface. It looks similar to Windows File Explorer and anyone used to Windows should be able to figure out how to use it right away. Best of all, it’s available in a portable version that doesn’t require installation.

folder size overview

System space can be sorted by folders across the entire system. With default settings, this shows the top space users on the system. These size rankings can be adjusted and narrowed down into very specific sub folders if needed.

sort folder size

Space used can also be sorted showing which files are the largest. As with folders, this can be set to rank based on the entire drive or specific subfolders.

sort file size

What I like is that the program can also be used as a file browser. To open files, it will first brings you to the directory using the default Windows File Explorer.

file explorer

Overall Folder Size is a groovy app that does what it advertises. If you’re cleaning up old junk off of your hard drive, there’s no doubt it’s useful.

Folder Size can be downloaded directly from the developer’s website, MindGems.com.

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3 Responses to Folder Size is Freeware for Windows that Displays Folder and File Size

  1. Steve Krause November 19, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    This is a great tool. I’ve used it to find a few gigs of waste in temp folders and my iTunes folder :)

    Nice tool.

  2. zack November 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Nice tip. Thank you.

  3. d.clubb January 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Best tool I have seen
    Fast and accurate

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