Way back in the days of Mac OS Classic we could open a folder full of files and print out a list of the folder’s contents. For whatever reason, Apple didn’t think printing a folder’s contents was worth writing about. Here are a three ways to grab a folder and print or view a list of the contents, and one fast way to create a list of files and folders inside a folder.
Print – If your Mac has a printer icon, simply grab a folder of files and drag it to the icon. That will pop up a list of all the files. Click print and you’re done.
Terminal – If the print method is just too easy and you need to get your geek on to impress someone, use the Terminal app and the ‘ls’ function. Open Terminal, type ‘ls’ followed by the path of the folder filled with files. That will print the list.
Sounds like fun, right?
PrintWindow – If the Terminal method is too scary, and you have money to burn, there’s always PrintWindow, a Mac app that does what the Mac once did for free. Print the contents of a folder window.
Finally, and this one is my favorite because it does a few things differently and it’s priced as a bargain– FolderToList.
FolderToList takes a folder of files and creates a list. This is different than Print, Terminal, or PrintToWindow and comes with additional options. Choose to catalog files, folders, or files and folders. That makes FolderToList perfect for cataloging a DVD or CD full of files, or creating a list of what’s on a USB flash drive. It will even list files inside folders inside the parent folder.
It’s all drag and drop, too, and preferences are nominal. Fast. Easy. Simple.