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How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder

How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder

Posted March 19, 2011 at 2:36pm by iClarified
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These are instructions on how to get Mac OS X Finder to display the size of your folders. This is especially useful if you are trying to free up space on your drive and want to determine which files and folders are largest.

Step One
Launch a new Finder window by clicking the Finder icon in your dock
How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder

Step Two
Select Show View Options from the View menu at the top of your screen.
How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder


Step Three
Check the Calculate all sizes box.
How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder

Step Four
Notice that Finder will now begin to calculate the size of your folders. This may take some time depending on the size of your folders. You can now sort by size and actually see which folders are taking up the most space.
How to Display Folder Size in Mac OS X Finder
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Derek Mankelow
Derek Mankelow - October 24, 2016 at 4:40pm
thank u so much !!! I wish I had known this before!!!
aa2007
aa2007 - June 29, 2016 at 12:48am
useful tip
Surferride
Surferride - May 1, 2015 at 1:06pm
Hi there, I am using Mavericks but for some reason the folder size of all folders are not showing I just see "--". Do you know what could it be? Thanks and regards.
Phil
Phil - June 29, 2014 at 2:18am
Great tip! Thank you very much.
Xamikaze330
Xamikaze330 - May 14, 2014 at 7:28pm
How do I apply this to all folders?
Giel
Giel - November 1, 2015 at 9:00pm
Click the button "use as default"
Sonali
Sonali - January 5, 2014 at 10:12am
This is really useful! Thank you for this!
twosaabs
twosaabs - September 1, 2013 at 7:44am
Perfect, thanks!
fred
fred - June 14, 2013 at 7:55pm
awesome, thx for the tip!
gary
gary - March 16, 2013 at 6:02pm
how come mi size option is not accessible for checking?
Joanne
Joanne - March 20, 2013 at 1:31pm
Me too. The calculate all sizes box is grayed pout and I cannot check it.
Howard Barnett
Howard Barnett - December 12, 2012 at 12:56am
how do I get them on an external HD, even w/ firewire connection, it's calculating the sizes of folders for days. especially the Backups by Time-machine
Joanne
Joanne - October 31, 2012 at 9:57pm
This is so helpful. Thank you!
Anabela
Anabela - September 5, 2012 at 1:12pm
THANK YOU!!!!!
riconster
riconster - March 20, 2011 at 6:36am
LOL!
Daniel
Daniel - March 19, 2011 at 4:49pm
You just discovered this now??? This was the first thing I did when I got my mac!
Junaid
Junaid - March 19, 2011 at 11:13pm
Lolzzzzzzzzzz
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