Way back in the day, back when the Mac was not populated by macOS Sierra, classic Mac OS had some ease of use still not found on modern computer operating systems, including Apple’s latest and greatest for the Mac.
Back then, Mac OS system files could be moved hither and yon and your Mac would still boot up with ease. Got a folder full files and need a list? No problemo, amigo. Mac OS could print a list of the folder’s contents. Try that on a Mac these days. There are ways, you can do it, but they’re cumbersome and forgettable. This is not.
Print Window Prints
I’m not advocating that we return to the glory days of yesteryear where we printed out email, documents, spreadsheets, and even file listings from folders. Thanks to PDFs, email, file sharing, and the cloud, the PC printing business just isn’t what it used to be. Enter Print Window, a mature Mac utility app (it’s been around a few years) that does one thing and does it better than any other solution I’ve run into. It prints a file listing from a folder of files.
What it prints out is what it’s always printed out. The contents of files in a folder– icons, file information, sorting, sub-folder contents, and more.
Print Window Standard edition is free and might be all you need (it’s not like we print a list of folder contents every day), but more features are included in the Advanced edition. The Standard version prints full page file lists, names only, icons, and works with a simple drag and drop.
The Advance version is stuffed with time-saving features, including detailed file listings for Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, photo thumbnails, meta data, folder sub-folder details, and even an option to export as a PDF.
If there’s another Mac utility that does all this, and some of it free, I haven’t run into it yet. More recent versions have a cleaned up, less cluttered and confusing interface, which makes it easy to print out folder file listings, including font choice, sub-folder level expansion (and an option to select only individual folders), and handy presets.
This is nicely done, has a small learning curve, and very useful for office or school environments that don’t worry about trees (thank you, Adobe PDF).