Getting a File Count

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 12, 2013)

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After using Drive for a while, you could end up with dozens or hundreds of files. (Trust me—it's not that hard; the files seem to proliferate while you sleep.) At some point you might want to know how many files you have, but Drive doesn't include a tool that shows you the count.

There is a workaround, though. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive (drive.google.com).
  2. Locate the files or folders you want to count. (Your files should be listed in the main Drive screen.)
  3. Select the checkboxes to the left of each of the files or folders.
  4. Click the More button. (Make sure you click the one at the top of the screen, not the More link at the left of the screen.) Drive presents a number of options you can choose.
  5. Click the Download option. Drive displays a dialog box that shows information about the files.
  6. Note the file counts in the dialog box—by type at the top of the dialog box and a total near the bottom. (See Figure 1.)
  7. Figure 1. Getting a file count using the download box.

  8. Click Cancel. Drive closes the dialog box.

That's it—a quick way to determine files stored in Drive. If you want to do a count for all the files stored in Google Drive, follow these somewhat shorter steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive (drive.google.com).
  2. Select a checkboxes to the left of any file or folder on the main Drive screen.
  3. Click the More button. (Make sure you click the one at the top of the screen, not the More link at the left of the screen.) Drive presents a number of options you can choose.
  4. Click the Download option. Drive displays a dialog box that shows information about the files.
  5. Click the All Files tab. The dialog box looks similar to the one shown earlier in this tip, but it includes counts for all files in Drive.
  6. Click Cancel. Drive closes the dialog box.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven more than 3?

2014-10-30 11:09:02

Melanie

Outdated information. Google now auto-downloads a zip file and even though it tells you how many files it also begins creating the zip file automatically which is annoying if you don't want it.