Forum Question: How Do I Print Out a List Of the Names Of Subfolder Files From Finder?

I have hundreds of embroidery files in folders, within folders and sometimes again. It is getting to the point that I need a different way of knowing all of the files that I have, in one place in a list. Currently they are in folders A,B,C, then Animals, Alphabets, Australiana etc then B would have Birds, Babies etc. But inside Alphabets are several font styles etc and there are different birds.I’d like to do a spreadsheet but I can’t copy just the names in Finder. Using Mac Sierra desktop, new 2017.
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Margarose

Comments: 3 Responses to “How Do I Print Out a List Of the Names Of Subfolder Files From Finder?”

    1/12/18 @ 8:24 pm

    This is a tough one. I can’t think of a good way to do it that doesn’t use some coding or the Terminal or some other super-advanced technique.

    So I have to ask: What is your goal? Why do you want such a list? After all, you’ll just end up with a list like you see in the Finder, but far less useful since they are just file names and not the files themselves. If you found an item in the list you wanted to look at, you’d just have to find it again in the Finder.

    Try this. I don’t know what the name of your mail folder is, the one with the A, B, C, … Z folders. Let’s say it is called “Embroidery.” Open a Finder window so you are looking at just that folder, so you see A…Z folders. Switch to List mode if you aren’t already in List mode. So now you see the little reveal triangles to the left of the 26 subfolders. Select All (Command+A) and then use Command+Option+Right Arrow. This opens all of the folders and off the subfolders. Everything is there in one huge list.

    At this point you could select all again, copy, and paste the result into a text document. But that would get you a flat list, without knowing what is in which folder.

    But you could just use this Finder view to examine what you have. It is probably just like the spreadsheet you envisioned, but with every listing actually being the file itself, so you can open it if you like.

    Does that help?

    Margarose
    1/12/18 @ 9:38 pm

    Thanks Gary, and a gold star for the name of the folder! I think just knowing what I have would be great so I will try the (Command+A) Command+Option+Right Arrow.
    M.

    Margarose
    1/12/18 @ 9:53 pm

    Hi Gary, I just tried it but was unsuccessful, but I do understand. At first I thought it was because I store the Embroidery file in a Synology NAS so I tried on the older folder stored on my hard drive. Not to worry. I think I am being a bit OCD.

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