How to print or save a list of the files on a disk in Windows

There are many reasons why you might want to save or print a list of files on a disk: list music files on a CD, keep a record of documents for a project, list the files on a boot disk, put the list in a spreadsheet or database.

Disks used to be just floppy disks and hard drives, but now they are, of course also flash drives, CDs, DVDs and network drives.

Should I list all the files on a disk?

On your PC's hard disk, a lot of the files are for the operating system, and in most cases, you probably wouldn't want to list them, because they are standard files and there are thousands of them, which you have had no input into. Also, application files are probably not worth including for the same reason. Usually the files you might want to list are the ones you have produced or are used by yourself. These are found in the "My Documents" folder. Listing all the files on your hard drive would take a long time and make a massive list of files, most of which are not of interest to you. It is better to list just the folders you want. With DDFileCatcher, you can choose folders from Windows Explorer to list as well as complete drives, and search for files in a folder and its subfolders.

How to list all the files on a disk

Windows Explorer can list all the files on a drive, but Windows does not have a built in way to print or save a file list from Windows Explorer. Our application, DDFileCatcher, lists files on a drive and gives the choice of over 700 file properties to display.

The best way to save or print the files on the disk with DDFileCatcher is to use the "List a drive" menu. All connected drives are shown, and you choose the one you want to list. Large drives could take a long time to list, but flash drives and CDs take a few seconds. Once DDFileCatcher has the list of files on the drive, you can choose what to do with it; select which file properties to display, save the list to a file, save it for a database, send it directly to Microsoft Excel or Word.

To print the file names and a choice of file properties, you also need a way of formatting the output. DDFileCatcher saves the list of folder searches, files in a folder, several folders, or a complete drive in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to print the file list using all the formatting facilities of those applications.

You may want to print in different fonts and formats, and from different applications. DDFileCatcher puts the file lists in disk files, Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Spreadsheets, and other applications so you can print results of the the file search exactly how you want.

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  • Put file lists directly into Microsoft Excel and Word for printing using their formating features
  • Choose from several output formats
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