How to print list of Files in a Folder in Windows 10

If you ever need to print a list of files in a folder on your Windows 10/8/7 computer, here are a few ways you can do it. You can use the Command Prompt, Paint or a free software.

Print list of files in a 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.

open-cmd-here

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.

list-files

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. Select 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.

print-with-paint

Now from the File menu of Paint select Print.

3] Use a 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.

Template

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 print more than 15 files at once.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

14 Comments

  1. smilencetion

    tree >list.txt 🙂

  2. Nice – the Tree command will give a better formatted listing. Thanks. 🙂

  3. Chris Van Antwerpen

    Sadly i can’t find the file on the freeware page.

  4. Frankly Osix

    ty 😉 im rusty ha

  5. Fannie

    This isn’t working for me. I get the command window. I input the magic words. Nothing happens. I hit enter. A new line appears, simply the first line, without the “List.txt” added.

  6. farokshah

    Fannie, of course a new line will appear. but please go to the related drive or folder then you can see a Notedpad file already created and the file name will be”list”

  7. Aria

    If you have a complex folder structure on your PC and need to navigate through it quickly, it will be useful to print the list of folders and have it on hand. You will see the location of each subfolder, so you can easily find the one you are looking for.

    A tool that will help you with this is Print Maestro. This handy solution will quickly print folder tree after preview.
    http://www.coolutils.com/Print-Folder-Tree

  8. Lulu

    Thank you, the first solution worked perfectly. Saved me a lot of time.

  9. Kenny

    After the Open Command Window Here, in the C:WINDOWSSystem32cmd.exe window, type in:
    dir *.jpg > myfile.doc
    This will write a list all the files with JPG extension to a file named, myfile.doc. In this example this file is formatted for MS Word. If you want just a simple text file, type in myfile.txt. The ‘*.jpg’ tells the Windows to list only files with .JPG extension. Use the ‘*.’ (asterisk and a period) to filter out from the list a file type that you want — i.e. *.txt, *.mov, *.doc, *.xls, etc. The ‘>’ symbol tells the Windows to write the list to a file.

  10. Jsøtnaant Whoaond

    dir > List.txt Works great!

    Thank you!

  11. binaryman

    If you need more than just the date and size then you should use Directory Report. It prints many files attributes for many different file types

  12. Judy

    OK, we can “Print screen”, or us MS/Dos commands to create a list. Microsoft, Don’t you feel ashamed?

  13. Patrick Pk

    Fastest way…

    1. Go to the directory you need in Windows Explorer.
    2. In right hand pane: Ctrl + A (selects all)
    3. Shift + Right Mouse Click which brigns up a context menu
    4. Seect Copy As Path from that menu. (That loads it into memory)
    5. Paste it in any app you like, Word, Excel, Text, etc.

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