Checking a folder’s storage usage can help you identify which directories are taking up the most disk space on your PC. Once you’ve identified the biggest space hogs, you can reduce the size of your largest folders by uninstalling the software and deleting (or even compressing) the files in them.
There are several ways to check folder data size in Windows 11. You can check folder size details in File Explorer, Command Prompt, Settings app and many third-party software. Here are four methods to check folder storage usage in Windows 11.
How to Check Folder Size with File Explorer
File Explorer is Windows 11’s folder management and browsing application. Explorer’s detailed view shows file sizes but does not show folder storage usage. However, you can still check the size of folders in File Explorer by viewing their properties windows as follows:
- Open Windows 11 File Explorer.
- Right-click on a folder whose size you want to check and select Properties.
- Then check the size detail on the General tongue.
- you can click OKAY to exit the folder properties window.
Another way to check a folder’s size information in File Explorer is to view its tooltip. Hover over a folder for a few seconds until a tooltip appears like in the snapshot below. This tooltip includes a size figure for the folder as well as subfolder details.
Note that tooltips will not include size information if the Show file size information in tooltips the option is not selected. If you don’t see the folder size information in the tooltips, click the See more (…) button and Choice in Explorer. Then select the Show file size information in tooltips checkbox shown below, then click Apply save.
How to Check the Size of a Folder Using Command Prompt
You can also view folder size details in the command prompt by entering a short directory command. This command will show both the file size of a folder and the amount of free disk space. Here’s how to check the size of a directory in the command prompt.
- To open the command prompt, search for this app by typing ordered in the Start menu search box. Then click Command Prompt in your search results to bring up the command-shell application.
- Next, open a folder whose size you want to check in the command prompt. To do this, you will need to enter a cdfolder namesubfolder namesubfolder namesubfolder name which includes the directory path of the folder like the one shown directly below.
- Then type this directory command in the prompt and press Walk in:
This command will go through all subdirectories and show an overall folder size at the end. The first digit of the total number of files indicates the overall size of the folder in bytes. This number can be 10 or even 11 digits if the folder size is in the gigabyte range.
How to check folder size with settings
The Settings Storage section provides a limited overview of folder sizes. There you can check the storage usage of some folders, but it doesn’t show all the directories. You can check the storage space usage of certain folders with settings like this:
- To open Settings, right-click Begin the taskbar icon and select the shortcut for this application from the Power User menu.
- Select the Storage option (located on the System tab) to view disk space details.
- Click on Show more categories under the Temporary files browse options.
- You can view the size details of Pictures, Documents, Music and Videos user folders from the storage usage list displayed directly below.
- Click on Other to view the size details of unsorted folders.
How to check the size of a folder with TreeSize Free
The above methods may be suitable for checking specific folder sizes. However, you can view a much more detailed overview of folder storage usage with the TreeSize Free software. TreeSize displays folder sizes in gigabytes, megabytes, and kilobytes with a directory listing view. Here is how you can check folder sizes with FreeSize Free:
- Open the Free TreeSize download page on its publisher’s website.
- Select the Free download option there.
- Picking out TreeSizeFreeSetup.exe (with installer, 9.02 MB) from the drop-down menu, then click the To download button.
- Open any folder containing the TreeSizeFreeSetup.exe installer with File Explorer.
- Double-click the TreeSizeFreeSetup.exe file to open this setup wizard.
- Select English in the language menu, then click OKAY to proceed to the Setup Wizard.
- Click it I accept the agreement option.
- Select Next to install the software.
- Click on Launch TreeSize Free now to select this check box.
- Hurry Finish to open the TreeSize Free window.
- Click on Select directory on TreeSize Free House tongue.
- Then click on the Select directory to scan the option On the menu.
- Choose a directory to scan and press the key Select Folder button.
TreeSize will then display the overall size of the main folder as well as storage usage details for all the subdirectories within it. By default, its Cut will display the subfolders in descending order from largest to smallest. The % parents The column indicates the relative percentage share of each subfolder in relation to the overall size of the root directory.
Shaft size See The tab includes options you can select to change how the software displays its details. If you only want to see a specific detail, deselect it. Show the details option. Then click on the Cut, Allocated space, Number of filesWhere Percent to select the storage usage information that the software displays.
If you want to see a full overview of folder sizes on your PC’s hard drive, click Select directory and Local disc. Selecting this option will show the drive’s overall storage size and allocated amount as in the screenshot below. Click it > arrows for all folders to display storage usage information for all of their subdirectories.
TreeSize can also be accessed from the File Explorer folder context menus. Right-click the folder whose size you want to check in Explorer to select Show more options. Then select Free TreeSize in the classic context menu to view storage usage details for the folder in the software.
Check folder storage usage to free up disk space
This is how you can check which folders are consuming the most storage space on your Windows 11 PC. This will give you a better idea of which ones you need the most to delete user files. The best method above is to use TreeSize as it provides the most comprehensive overview of folder storage usage.