Back in the day of Mac OS Classic it was easy. Select Print from the File menu and wait a few minutes to get a printed list of the files in a folder. These days Apple doesn’t make such simple tasks so easy. Thankfully, there’s Print Window.
Easy Way Or Hard Ways
Before I get into the easy way to print a folder’s contents– file names– to a list, there are a few other ways besides Print Window.
One involves the Mac’s Terminal.app, which means command line (think DOS of ancient days), navigating to the folder of files and issue the proper Unix command to list files.
Wait. There’s more.
Then click on the Mac’s Menubar, select Shell and Print the selection. Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? But it’s free.
Also free is using TextEdit. Drag the files from a folder onto an open and blank text (not Rich Text Format) document in TextEdit.
Magically, the list of files appears and they’re safe to print. Or, just use Print Window, which comes with a bunch of useful features not found in the other methods.
Print Window has the basic features you expect after you’ve printed a folder of files using the other methods.
For example, you can expand the folders and print the file names of files within other folders (and you control the number of levels deep). Change the printing font and size with a click.
Print Window doesn’t just do lists. It creates lists which can fit on a CD or DVD jewel case. There’s also the fast and dirty drag and drop option. Got a few hundred photos and need thumbnails and file names? Print Window does what TextEdit and Terminal.app cannot.
Even better, you can save your settings as a Preset and use it again and again with no configuration or setup. Just drag and drop. Print Window comes in two versions; one is free but with fewer features.