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How to print out a directory listing with file properties in Windows

Print file title, subject, comments, date taken, album and artist

We often get asked how to print out Windows directory listings, with details of file properties. Here's how.

QUESTION Is there a utility that will print out a directory listing, including file properties such as title, subject, comments, date taken, album and artist? I'm unable to find this functionality within Windows. Steve Vogt

HELPROOM ANSWER This is a feature that Windows users have wanted for years, yet Microsoft seems to be unwilling to provide it. You can redirect the output of the MS-DOS 'DIR' command into a printable file with a little tinkering, but this method won't print out the extended file properties you're after.

Microsoft has saved you the bother of doing this yourself by providing a Fix it wizard you can download for free. The website provides details on how the tool works.

If you're willing to pay for the functionality you seek, however, we have found one application that can help. Art Directory Print costs $24, which is around £15. Art Directory Print integrates with Windows Explorer, allowing you to print out or save the directory listing from any Windows folder, including any attribute you select. It can print the Exif data stored in digital photographs, which includes the date taken, exposure time and f-number, for example. You can also access the ID3 tags found in music files, which will provide the album and artist details you wanted.

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