Display Folder Size In Vista Windows Explorer – [Reader Query]

I have already got so many requests from readers where they asked me is there any way to see the folder size in windows vista explorer with the file sizes, by default windows xp or vista both does not show up the size of the folder with the files sizes displayed. But there is a freeware utility called Folder Size which works for xp only not in vista. [ as shown in the image below ]


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But there are some utilities which lets you see folder sizes alternately so that you can get an estimate which folder is bigger or lighter in data size of the files and subfolders stored in it. In case of vista there are 2 in built ways to see the folder size.

1. Placing your mouse over the folder whose size you want to know.


2. Second way is to right click the folder and then select properties to see its size


after clicking properties it will display its size


But there are some free utilities too which lets you figure out folder sizes in windows vista in more easier way – lets discuss them one by one.

DirSizeIt will scan the hard drive based on the hierarchy of the folder structure you browse and display them in a simplified tree with the disk usage for that tree. It will quickly allow you see what folders on your disk contain large amounts of data.

Here is a screenshot of this tool while running.


Another tool which works on both windows vista and xp, is called WinDirStat

WinDirStat – It is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows [ as show in the image below ]


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We have also written a related tip on – 3 Ways To Free Up Your Disk Space


  1. says

    I love windows more than macs, but I have to say, this is a stupid stupid option to leave out. I am extremely disappointed. I know there are workarounds, but this is something that should be built in, and an option for us to click on. Why is that so difficult?

  2. Juan says

    Because Microsoft has always been about the money for them.
    Not the end user.

    *()_ Almost any serf will make it to heaven.

    People that work for are so evil MS don’t even see they are evil
    Patents and copyrights 5-7 max
    Think about it.
    I have discovered how to cure cancer or aids, but I don’t have to share it unless you pay me what I want and if you,use my info without paying we will fine and lock you up.

    Some thing about PC and Mac are easy to become fond of.
    In fact I am.
    But that doesn’t get them off the hook
    Most serial killers had mothers that loved them to.

  3. patrick says

    Developer states
    Folder Size 2.5 is for Windows 2000 or XP. Sorry, Vista and 7 changed Explorer so it can’t support this column anymore.

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