How to print list of files in folder in Windows 8

If you ever need to print a list of files in a folder on your Windows computer, there are a few ways you can do it.

Print list of files in folder in Windows

1] Using Command Prompt

Open the folder whose list of contents you want to print. Hold down Shift and right-click to open the hidden context menu items. You will see Open command window here. Click on it to open a command prompt window.


Else simply type CMD in the address bar and hit Enter to open the command prompt window there.

In the CMD type the following and press Enter:

dir > List.txt

print list of files in folder

A notepad text file will be immediately created in this folder. Open List.txt and you will be able to see the list of the files in this folder.


Alternatively, you could also use the cd/ command to change the directory from the User directory to Downloads directory as follows:

cd C:\Users\ACK\Downloads

2] Using Paint 

Open the directory whos contents list you want to print. Selecet the Lists view. Press Alt+PrntScr. Next open the built-in Paint application. Click Ctrl+V to copy-paste the contents of the clipboard here.


Now from the File menu of Paint select Print.

3] Use freeware

You can print the name of every file on a drive, along with the file’s size, date and time of last modification, and attributes, Read-Only, Hidden, System and Archive, with Karen’s Directory Printer. You can also sort the list of files by name, size, date created, date last modified, or date of last access. You can download it from its home page.

Simple File Lister does the function of DIR command for Windows OS to get a list of files in a directory and save them with their attributes to user chosen .TSV, .CSV or .TXT formats, which you can then print. You can also select the File Attributes to be printed.


InDeep File List Maker lets you create and print a list of files in your folders, drives and even in your DVDs/CDs.

See these posts if you need to save & print list of start-up fileslist hidden files & foldersprint a list of startup files or make Windows 8 print more than 15 files at once.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.