Checking a folder's storage usage can help you identify the directories that are taking up the most drive space on your computer.Once you've identified the biggest space hogs, you can cut down the size of your biggest folders by uninstalling the software and deleting (or even zipping) the files within.
In Windows 11, there are a few different ways to check the data size of a folder.You can check the details of folder size in File Explorer, Command Prompt, Settings app, and numerous third-party software.These are four ways to check folder storage usage in Windows 11.
How to Check the Size of a Folder with File Explorer
File Explorer is a folder navigation and management application for Windows 11.The detailed view of File Explorer shows file size but not folder storage usage.Still, you can check the folder size in File Explorer by looking at its properties window like this:
1. Open the Windows 11 file manager.
2. Right-click the folder you want to examine and select Properties.
3. Then check the size details on the "General" tab.
4. Then check the size details on the "General" tab.
Another way you can check folder size information in File Explorer is to look at its tooltip.Hover the cursor over a folder for a few seconds until the tooltip in the snapshot below appears.The tooltip includes a size figure for the folder and details of the subfolders.
Note that if the "Show file size information in tooltip" option is not selected, the tooltip will not include size information.If you can't see the folder size information in the tooltip, click the View more (...) button and the Explorer option.Then select the "Show file size information in tooltip" checkbox shown below and click Apply to save.
How to Check the Size of a Folder with Command Prompt
You can also view folder size details at the command prompt by entering a short directory command.This command will display the file size and amount of free drive space for a folder.Here's how to check the size of a directory in the command prompt:
To open Command Prompt, find the application by typing cmd in the search box on the Start menu.Then click "Command Prompt" in the search results to bring up the command shell application.
Next, open a folder in Command Prompt whose size you want to check.To do this, you need to enter a cd\folder name\subfolder name\subfolder name command, which includes the directory path of the folder, as shown in the image below:
3. Then enter the directory command at the prompt and hit enter.
This command will run through all subdirectories and display the size of the entire folder at the end.The first number of total files shows the size of the entire folder in bytes.If the size of the folder is in the gigabyte range, this number might be 10 or even 11 numbers.
How to check the size of a folder by setting
1. To open Settings, right-click the Start tray icon and select the application's shortcut from the Power User menu.
2. Select the Storage option (on the System tab) to view drive space details.
3. Click Show More Categories under the Temporary Files Navigation Options.
4. You can view the size details of the Pictures, Documents, Music, and Videos user folders from the storage usage list shown just below.
5. Click "Other" to view the size details of non-categorized folders.
How to useTreeSizeCheck folder size for free
The above method might be ok for checking a specific folder size.However, you can useTreeSize Free software to view a more detailed overview of folder storage usage.TreeSizeDisplays the size of the folder as a directory listing in gigabytes, megabytes, and kilobytes.Here's how you can check the size of a folder with FreeSize Free:
1. Open on their publisher's websiteTreeSizeFree download page.
2. Select the free download option there.
3. Select TreeSizeFreeSetup.exe (with installer, 9.02 MB) from the drop-down menu, and click the Download button.
4. Use a file browser to open any folder that contains the TreeSizeFreeSetup.exe installer.
5. Double-click the TreeSizeFreeSetup.exe file to open the installation wizard.
6. Select English on the Language menu and click OK to continue into the installation wizard.
7. Click the I accept the agreement option.
8. Select Next to install the software.
9. Click Start TreeSize Free Now to select the check box.
10. Press Finish to open the TreeSize Free window.
11. On the Home tab of TreeSize Free, click Select Directory.
12. Then click the "Select Directory to Scan" option on the menu.
13. Select a directory to scan and press the Select Folder button.
TreeSize will then display the overall size of the main folder, as well as storage usage details for any subdirectories it includes.By default, its "Size" column will display subfolders in order from largest to smallest.The Parent Folder Percentage column shows each subfolder's relative share of the overall root directory size.
TreeSize's View tab includes options you can select to change the way the software displays its details.If you only want to see a specific detail, deselect the Show details option.Then click on the Size, Allocated Space, Number of Files or Percentage options to select the storage usage information displayed by the software.
If you want to see a full overview of the size of folders on your computer's hard drive, click Select Directory and Local Disk.Selecting this option will display the storage size and amount allocated for the entire drive, as shown in the screenshot directly below.Click the > arrow for all folders to view storage usage information for all of its subdirectories.
Tree size can also be accessed from the folder context menu in File Explorer.Right-click on any folder whose size you want to check in Explorer and select Show More Options.Then select TreeSize Free in the classic context menu to see the storage usage details for that folder in the software.
Check folder storage usage to free up drive space
So, this is how you can check which folders are consuming the most storage space on your Windows 11 PC.Doing this will give you a better understanding of the user files you most need to delete.The best approach above is to utilize TreeSize as it provides the most comprehensive overview of folder storage usage.
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