Anyone who uses Microsoft Windows regularly is probably familiar with Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer in Windows 10). It is Windows' default program for locating documents, photos, videos and just about any file saved on your computer or external storage devices.
Clunky as it sometimes can be, you can say it does its job fairly well; it lets you find files by going through your file directories or via Search. From there, you can copy, cut, paste, rename and delete files. You can even view the basic properties of a file or folder such as size, date created and sharing permissions.
For all its decent basic functions, there are still some things that Windows/File Explorer doesn't do really well.
For instance, listing the files and their respective sizes within a folder and its sub-folders is a chore. You can right-click on a folder to view its size properties but there is no usable breakdown of what files or subfolders are contained within. To view these enclosed files, you will have to go into their subfolders to view their properties.
If you are trying to manage your storage space, imagine digging into hundreds of folders and subfolders just to peek at what files you can delete. This can be tedious and terribly inefficient. Thankfully, there's this free program that can help you make this task a lot easier.
GetFolderSize is a nifty little freeware from Michael Thummerer Software Design that displays the size and properties of a folder, its subfolders and all the files contained within. So instead of right-clicking through each of them, the folder and file properties are all conveniently viewable with a few clicks.
Interface-wise, GetFolderSize is easy to use. A drop-down box on its top pane lets you select the system drive you want to scan. The initial scans were fairly quick for us and after a drive is scanned, the left pane displays all the folders on the drive while the right pane displays all the files contained within the folder.
Navigating through the folders is as simple as clicking on the drop-down arrows on the left pane and selecting the subfolder you want to explore. All the sizes of folders, subfolders and files are conveniently listed by the software and it takes out a lot of guesswork when dealing with multiple files.
File size is displayed by default but you can also customize what sort of properties you can view via the software's adjustable columns.
You can display File Extension, File Type, Attributes, Last Modified Date, Last Access, Owner, Path, Full Path and even the Line Number of the item. You can then reorder your view based on these categories or show specific files via the built-in filter.
There is also an option to view the file sizes in different formats - Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes or Gigabytes, with or without decimal places. Once done with a scan, you can save or print a report for future reference.
Additionally, it is packed with a pretty basic Search feature, which is a little rudimentary and clunky to use. For searches, you may want to stick with Windows File Explorer or third-party add-ons like FileSeek.
For what it was designed to do, listing and finding your folder and file sizes, GetFolderSize does a great job. It makes Windows storage management easy and gives you an exact idea of which files and folders are consuming your PC's disk space.
Download and install instructions
GetFolderSize works with Windows XP through Windows 10, 32-bit or 64-bit.
To download this free software, just click on the blue download icon below to take you straight to GetFolderSize's main download page.