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Quick Tip: Easy Trick Creates A File List

This quick and simple trick will produce a list of the files in any folder, which you can then paste into any text editor, then Save and/or print. (Possibly a handy way to keep track of your music/videos collection.)

1) Open the folder you would like to list.

2) Click on one of the files to “select” it (turn it blue), and then hit Ctrl+A (the keyboard shortcut for “Select all”) to highlight all the files in the folder.

3) Right-click on any of the (now highlighted) files, and click on “Send To“, and then “Mail Recipient“.. as shown below. (This right-click menu is called the “Context menu”, btw.)

4) This will open your computer’s default e-mail client (Outlook Express, for example) and the ‘body’ of the e-mail will be your list of files.

5) Highlight (aka “select”) the list, and then press Ctrl+C (or, in the Menu bar: Edit > Copy) to copy the text to the clipboard.

6) Open your text editor (Word, Notepad, etc.) and press Ctrl+V (or, in the Menu bar: Edit > Paste) to ‘paste’ the list into your document.

Now you can Save this text file, or simply print it out.

[note: you can ‘paste’ the list into other programs as well, such as a spreadsheet program – like Excel.]

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February 2, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to, tech | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Cool adhoc trick… I never thought of this. Thanks Paul!


    Comment by Adrian | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Great trick… Love it!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | February 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      It’s a “quick and dirty” method that has many uses– but as I said in my reply to Adrian (above), if I thought I was going to be doing a lot of this, I would use Karen’s delightful little app.

      I cannot recall where/when I first saw this trick, or I would give that clever person due credit…


      Comment by techpaul | February 4, 2010 | Reply

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