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I need to manage large numbers of text files, so I need to be able to tell how many files are in a folder when I select it. Currently, in Windows Explorer, I have to right-click to open the folder's properties.

Is there a way to have Explorer show a count of the files in a folder?

It seems there are numerous alternatives to Windows Explorer and a list of file managers, but I have no way of knowing which one is best without trialling them all.

  • Actually there is this feature in Windows Explorer. Organise -> Folder and Search options -> View -> Display file size information in folder tips – Jimmy_A May 26 '17 at 9:07
  • Thanks, I just checked and I already have this enabled. it gives the total size of files in the folder, and the first few filenames when you mouse hover over the folder, but what it doesn't do is to give the integer quantity of files in the folder. – Hamish_Fernsby May 26 '17 at 9:16
  • This seems to be related: superuser.com/questions/470115/… — and this: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/… – slhck May 26 '17 at 9:18
  • I does on my computer. When I open the folder I get a total number of files present at the bottom bar – Jimmy_A May 26 '17 at 9:23
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Is there a way to have Explorer show a count of the files in a folder?

I need to be able to tell how many files are in a folder when I select it.

The number of files is shown in the Status Bar when a folder is selected.

To turn on the status bar:

  • Menu Bar > View > Status Bar

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  • This shows the count only when selecting an individual folder… my assumption is that the OP wants to compare folders side-by-side. I've been looking for a similar feature. Tried enabling the File count column in the Details view, but that just stays empty. – slhck May 26 '17 at 9:20
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    @slhck The question says "I need to be able to tell how many files are in a folder when I select it." – DavidPostill May 26 '17 at 9:21
  • Ah, true that, guess I was adding my own problem on top of the OP's :) – slhck May 26 '17 at 9:22
  • Also works with a selection. So you can select all .txt files and it will show that total in the status bar too. – LPChip May 26 '17 at 9:25
  • @slhck maybe what you are looking for is Beyond Compare that does a folder or file comparison, or WinSCP – Jimmy_A May 26 '17 at 9:26

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