No. Can. Do. At least, I didn’t know how to print a list of files from a folder. It all worked rather easily in Macs pre-OS X. Then I found Print Window. It’s exactly what you think it is. It prints a list of all the files in a Mac’s folder.
Print Me, Baby, One More Time
There are a few hidden and cumbersome ways to take a folder of files and print a list of the files out, but none rival what you get in Print Window.
Select the folder of files you want to print (names of files; not the actual documents inside). Select the font and size. Click Print.
There’s more to it than that level of simplicity, of course. For example, if you want to print all the files of folders within the folders, Print Window does that, too.
Or, if you have a folder of folders and each folder has files inside but you don’t want to print them all, then use the manual mode to select which folders to expand and print.
Why do you need to print the names of files in a folder? CDs. DVDs. Archives. Think of Print Window as a kind of photo contact sheet for files within a folder– including icons, photos, videos as well as file names.
Did I mention the photo contact sheet metaphor? Well, it’s not really a metaphor. Print Window can take a folder of photos and print out what looks like a contact sheet.
Name of folder, page number, thumbnail of photo or image, file name, and even the dimensions.
Getting file names printed from a folder starts many different ways. Use the Finder to create a list of files in a folder. Use the keyboard shortcuts. Or just drag and drop the file of folders onto the Print Window icon in the Mac’s Menubar.
Print Window comes two ways. There’s a free standard version, and an Advanced edition which does things like CD and DVD file listings, photo or image thumbnails, manual file selections from a folder, print options, and the Menubar icon.
The free version is good to start and you may need nothing else, but the Advanced version is worthy for anyone who needs a list of file names and icons from a folder. This is one of those Mac apps that’s been around a few years, but still does better than what OS X does by itself.