Cool Tool: Folder Size for Windows Explorer

by Jon Davis 10. December 2007 02:00

Windows Explorer (the file explorer, not Internet Explorer) is missing a key feature: The ability to asynchronously count up and display folder sizes without pulling up the Properties view. This proves quite important when trying to track down what directory contains big, bloated files. Someone created something for this, though, here: 

I tried it on Windows Server 2003 R2 and it just works; it causes Windows Explorer to just add the column as a column option (choose columns).

Unfortunately, however, it doesn't work with Vista. Why? Because Microsoft killed the Win32 API call for it. Apparently, they replaced it for file metadata support as is found in MP3 files. (Garbage. OK, this is stupid. I'm becoming a Microsoft basher now?)

I sent a $15 CAD donation to ask the developer to continue to look into a workaround for Vista.

Update: He sent me an e-mail and said he wants to focus on Ubuntu. That makes it a different product altogether; essentially, I take it as "no, I won't support FolderSize for Windows Explorer anymore". Quick, Windows Vista users, send him more $$!!

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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