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In Windows XP Explorer one can turn on Status Bar which shows, among other things, the total size of all the files in the current folder, or if the cumulative size of the selected files. How do I get the same at-a-glance information in Windows 7?

Selecting files doesn't count as it stops after 15 files, and it's rare that I'm concerned about total size with that few files (it's pretty easy to estimate in my head).


UPDATE: Information derived from the context menu (select > r-click > properties) isn't "at a glance", and not as smooth as selecting files and clicking the details link at the bottom in any case. Thank you for fleshing out more of the available routes though.

Yes Q19232 is similar to this one, though it is not a duplicate. That question is about looking for easy free-space on disk stats and this one is easy used-space by contents of this folder stats.

The answer for both is the same though. You can't! Hopefully someone will figure how to get this lost feature back with a shell extension or something.

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When selecting you can still click "Show more details" in the details pane. Unless you have folders selected this will show you the total file size. –  Joey Nov 5 '09 at 22:57
+1 this is also one of the few things I miss in Windows 7! –  fretje Nov 5 '09 at 23:01
i think this is the tenth time or so this question has been asked here. it has been explained elsewhere, they have removed this feature because of "user anxiety ..." –  Molly7244 Nov 5 '09 at 23:27
@Molly: any links? –  fretje Nov 5 '09 at 23:31
In "user anxiety", they should have defined "user". I can understand that novice users who barely do anything may not use the status bar or care about file-sizes, but how in the world would it lead to confusion or anxiety? By simplifying the OS for "grandmothers", they have created massive anxiety for the rest of us. Why could they not have simply left it available but disabled? The status bar is still there; why did they remove the sizes from it? >:-| –  Bobson Sep 30 '11 at 1:31
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Apparently there isn't an easy way, which is why the above freeware program was developed

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thanks for the heads up on this interesting project. I like the new start menu so don't think I'll use it but it's good to know there is an alternative. (also, don't use community wiki until you know how it works here, c.f. meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/23482/…) –  matt wilkie Jul 28 '10 at 16:54
This is perfect!!! You only need to install the Classic Explorer plugin and it will show the size exactly how you need it, plus the Up button is amazing!! –  HaxElit Dec 28 '10 at 17:19
This is the correct answer. Classicshell fixes a number of regressions in the explorer interface. –  Fopedush Aug 7 '13 at 20:01
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If you navigate up one level, and right-click and select "Properties..." of the folder, it will tell you the total file size of the folder. You can also right click the background of the folder (not on a file) when you are browsing it and do the same thing.

However, this will also include the size of all subfolders.

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Right-clicking and selecting Properties displays the total size of whatever files and folders you have selected. If you right-click the "background" of the folder window, Properties gives you the total size of the folder, including any subfolders.

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Another Open source Windows file manager


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It looks like this behavior will return in Windows 8, with a limit of 99 selected files.

If you need more than that, read my other answer on how to select them and get to their properties...

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I haven't seen this mentioned but I highly recommend JdiskReport. It is a small Java app that actually gives you a disk space report that includes all sub folder for the selected drive or folder but then allows you to drill down into individual folders. It reports the size of each subfolder and of "Files in this Directory". I have nothing to do with this program other than being a long time happy user.



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This allows you to very quickly select a bunch of files that must be constraint to some size.

  • Hold CTRL and ALT together and select the items you want.

  • As ALT is hold, you can double click or press enter on one of the items to access the properties.

  • Repeat the last two steps and release the keys when you are done selecting.

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That is much harder than simply pressing Alt+Enter, or even right-click->Properties. I do not like the idea of double-clicking, especially when a bunch of items are selected; you run the risk of accidentally opening them all. –  Bobson Sep 30 '11 at 1:32
@Bobson: Given that you just selected your items with the mouse, it's not really hard to do a double click. If you however use the keyboard it's pretty logic to use Enter instead, please note that Alt is already hold so there's nothing hard about it. Please note that Enter also opens them all if you don't hold Alt, so I don't see any improvement... –  Tom Wijsman Sep 30 '11 at 14:00
Who says I used the mouse? I often use Ctrl+Space to select numerous items. Either way, I do not like Alt+double-clicking feels riskier than Alt+Enter. Either way, the user should not need to use the Properties dialog when in XP it was all available in the status bar. It seems strange to remove useful features; that is not progress. :-| –  Bobson Sep 30 '11 at 22:16
@TomWijsman, sorry I have to disagree: the feature of being able to know the total used space of the current folder or selection by flicking my eyes to the bottom of the window, an operation that takes 1 sec or less and involves no moving digits or appendages, has definitely been removed. –  matt wilkie Oct 1 '11 at 5:43
Where do you see it? The preview pane? Select more than 15 items and you no longer see it. Click the Show more details... link and you see it, but then add or remove even a single item and it goes away again and requires using the mouse again (a huge annoyance when using Ctrl+Space to select numerous items). The total size is not dynamically updated anymore like it was in XP. And it is not just folders that prevent the size from being shown, it is also Internet shortcuts (ie, .URL files). –  Bobson Oct 2 '11 at 0:04
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Go to Organize, then in Layout menu check Menu bar. go to View in the menu bar, you can check the option of Status bar.

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that opens a pane at the bottom, but the pane doesn't show file sizes unless one selects 15 or fewer. At least that's what happens for me: i.imgur.com/xE30wKO.png –  matt wilkie May 22 '13 at 16:44
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I find TreeSize works really well for this.

I have TreeSize Professional on my machine, but there is also a freeware version.

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