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Print Out a Directory Listing

Print Out a Directory Listing
Intended For Windows XP
Windows 2000
Although there is no built-in way to print a directory listing (all the filenames in a folder),
there is a way to add this functionality to Windows. Here's how you do it:

Solution #1:

Obtain and install the Copy to Clipboard as Filename utility.
This allows you to select all the files in a folder, in Explorer, or in the Find window results
list, right-click on them, select Send To and then Clipboard as Filename.
You can then paste the listings into a text editor, such as Notepad, for printing or saving.


A similar tool is also available as part of O'Reilly Utilities and Creative Element Power Tools.


Solution #2:

Open a text editor, such as Notepad, and type the following lines into a new document:
(assuming the printer you wish to use is connected to printer port #1).


CD %1
DIR >LPT1

Save the two-line file into your Windows\Command folder, and call it PRINTDIR.BAT.
Find the file in Explorer, right click on it, and select Properties.
Click on the Program tab, turn on the Close on Exit option, choose Minimized from the Run
list, and click Ok.
Next, run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
Open My Computer\ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Directory\ shell.
Select New from the Edit menu, and then select Key.
Type Print for the name of this new key, and press Enter.
Highlight the new Print key, select New from the Edit menu, and then select Key again.
Type command for the name of this new key, and press Enter.
Double-click on the (default) value in the right pane, and type C:\Windows\Command\PRINTDIR.BAT
(assuming that C:\Windows\ is your Windows folder).
From now on, when you right-click on a folder icon, you can click Print to print its contents.
Note: this assumes that your printer is connected to the LPT1 port, which is true for most users.
However, if your printer is connected over a network or you have more than one printer,
you need to change LPT1 to the correct port.
Last Reviewed:10/27/2002
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