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August 19, 2013

Find the Number of Files From a Google Drive Folder

Google Drive lacks many basic features. For example, it's not easy to tell how many files are in a folder. Here are a few ways to do that:

Method #1: drag and don't drop

1. open the folder
2. repeatedly scroll down until you reach the end the folder. You can use the End key
3. select all the files using Shift+A
4. drag the files, but don't drop them anywhere. You should see the number files in a red circle


Method #2: preview (better suited for Chrome)

1. open the folder
2. repeatedly scroll down until you reach the end the folder. You can use the End key
3. select all the files using Shift+A
4. click "Preview" and you'll find the number of files after a few seconds at the bottom of the page.
5. press Esc.

"Preview" doesn't count subfolders and the files from subfolders.

If Google doesn't show the number of files, there are two other ways to find it, but they only works for folders with 500 files or less.

Method #3: share

1. open the folder
2. repeatedly scroll down until you reach the end the folder. You can use the End key
3. select all the files using Shift+A
4. click "Share" and you'll find the number of files after a few seconds: "Share with others (X items)"
5. click "Done".

"Share" doesn't count the files from subfolders.


There's another option for folders with less than 500 files:

Method #4: folder view

1. right-click the folder
2. click "Get link"
3. copy the URL and open it in a new tab
4. you'll see the number of files at the top of the page. This only shows the number of files if the folder has 500 files or less. If the folder has more than 500 files, you'll still see "500 items". That's a limitation of the folder sharing feature, which only includes the first 500 files from a folder.


Method #5: the Drive app

Probably the best option is to install the Google Drive app and quickly find the number of files of each Google Drive folder. If you use Windows Explorer, right-click the folder and select "Properties".


{ Thanks, Sushubh. }

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