How to Print the Folders & Files in My Documents


Windows is an operating system created by Microsoft. Windows stores information in files. These files are then stored in folders. Some of these folders exist within Windows by default. Others are created by users and given customized names. A widely used default folder in Windows is the My Documents folder. This folder is typically used to hold user-generated content including such as word processor files, pictures, music and videos. In some instances, a user might want to print the content of the My Documents folder.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows-enabled computer
  • Printer
  • Click the \"Start\" button and click \"Run.\" In the \"Open\" field, type \"cmd.\" Press \"Enter.\"

  • Type \"C:\" and press \"Enter.\" However, if you have moved your My Documents folder to a drive other than the C drive, type the letter of the drive here followed by a colon. By default, the My Documents folder is stored on the C drive.

  • Type \"cd\\" and then press \"Enter.\"

  • Type \"cd My Documents\" and then press \"Enter.\"

  • Type \"dir > X.txt\" where the X is the file name you want to give the content list of the My Documents folder. For example, if you want to call the list mydocumentslist, then type \"dir > mydocumentslist.txt\" and then press \"Enter.\"

  • Exit the MS-DOS Prompt screen and click the \"Start\" button on the main toolbar. Click \"All Programs,\" then \"Accessories,\" and finally click \"Notepad\" to launch Notepad.

  • Click \"File\" and then \"Open\" in Notepad. Locate the My Documents folder, click on it and then locate the text list file you just created. Double-click on it to open it in Notepad.

  • Click \"File\" and then click \"Print\" to print out this document, which is the list of the My Documents folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • When typing commands in the prompt screen, do not include periods at the end of the commands.

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