How to Print From Windows Explorer

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Windows Explorer provides listings of the files, folders and drives on a computer running the Windows operating system. Explorer allows users to rename, copy and transfer files from one directory to another. There may come a time when you need to remember which files or subfolders are found in a Windows Explorer folder. Fortunately, there is no need to memorize the contents of the folder by heart; you can print a screenshot of the folder's contents.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processing or image editing program
  • Launch Windows Explorer using the "Start" menu at the lower-left corner of the screen. Navigate to the folder whose files or subfolders you wish to print.

  • Press the "Alt" and "Prnt Scrn" (Print Screen) keys simultaneously to capture an image of the folder you are viewing.

  • Launch a word processing or image editing program. Examples include Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Paint. Open a blank document.

  • Select the "Paste" option from the program's "Edit" menu. Click "Yes" to paste an image of the Windows Explorer folder into the document.

  • Select "Print" from the program's "File" menu to print the image.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that the folder you are printing may contain more files or subfolders than Explorer is able display in one window. After printing the first set of files or subfolders, scroll down to the next set and repeat steps 2, 4 and 5.

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