ARCHIVED: In Windows, how can I see or print a list of all my directories and files?
Note: This document does not apply to Windows 3.x.
To see a list of all your directories and files in Windows, first go to the ARCHIVED: command prompt and make sure you are in the root directory. To get to the root directory, at the command prompt, enter:cd ..
Continue to enter the above command until you see a
C: is your main drive). Then, at the
command prompt, enter:
The entries will appear one screenful at a time. Press the Spacebar to scroll through the list. To make your lists easier to read, you can sort by name. To do so, at the command prompt, enter:dir /s /o |more
To create a text file so you can print the list of all your directories and files, at the prompt, enter the appropriate command:
- Windows 7 and Vista:
dir /s /o >c:\Users\yourusername\Desktop\dir.txt
yourusernamewith your Windows profile username.
- Earlier versions of Windows: dir /s /o >dir.txt
This will direct the contents of the list to a file called
dir.txt, which you can then open in Wordpad, or any text
editor, and print.
To create a list for a single directory, change to that particular
directory, and then follow the directions above. For example, to
create a list of files and subdirectories for a directory called
papers, at the command prompt, you would enter:
Then follow the steps above to list the subdirectories and files in that directory.
Last modified on October 22, 2012.