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    Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    I generally do all my file management with Windows Explorer. The

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    The same holds for the "Shared Documents" folder, the equivalent of "My Documents" for "All Users", so no doubt this behavior is by intent (but I don't know what that intent was).

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Don't know about the various other OS versions, but I'm running Windows MCE and I can't find any directories where the status bar doesn't show the disk free space. Strange indeed...

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    'My Documents' & 'My Sharing folders' that show up in the root of the tree in Windows Explorer are two examples of special 'majic' Windows folders. In spite of the name it is not the same as the My Documents buried in Documents and Settings/user/... Those special majic folders are special view and that is why he only sees an object count and not free space.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    You're correct - if I walk the folder tree to Cocuments and SettingsHansMy Documents, the available space is displayed in the folder tree, but not in the magic top-level My Documents.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    It is because we at looking through "Mirrors" and NOT at the real folder.
    As they say, Microsoft does a lot with "Smoke and Mirrors". <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    This is something else that I must have missed along the way.
    Can someone provide screen shot showing the location of the "status bar" and let me know if it has to be enabled some how? In my XP Pro windows explorer I see nothing resembling a status bar.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Here is one, the lower left corner of Windows Explorer.
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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Ah, it is something that has to be checked, in the view menu. I had not done that previously.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    You toggle it on/off using View | Status Bar.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Another tip, for those who don't already know: The "objects" that Windows Explorer counts include documents in the selected folder, and <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">top-level</span hi> folders directly beneath the selected folder. Nested sub-folders within the top-level folders do not appear to be counted. Also, documents within the top-level folders and sub-folders beneath them are not counted.

    Is there a utility that counts ALL the documents and folders in and below a selected folder?

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    TreeSize Free shows the combined size or the number of all files in a folder and its subfolders. There is also a non-free more powerful version.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Also see the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Folder Size for Windows Explorer.

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Also right-click the folde and select Properties

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    Re: Curious Windows Explorer behavior (tip)

    Stuart R: Thanks for the Properties tip! Right-clicking on a folder and selecting Properties shows something, all right. But when I tried it on the My Music folder at work, it responded with "2 files, 0 folders." Windows Explorer shows the following: My Music folder > Desktop.ini file and Sample Music folder. Sample Music folder is a shortcut to a folder elsewhere that contains desktop.ini file (different than the one above), and two wma files.

    If you count a shortcut as a file, the Properties method gave the "correct" result. The Sample Music icon looks like a folder, with a VERY tiny shortcut arrow at its lower left corner. So maybe I need a magnifying glass on an arm that I can swing over my monitor?

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