How to Print the Content List of a CD

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Like other drives on your computer system, your computer's CD-ROM drive lists the contents of the disc inserted into the drive. The listing, known as the directory, contains the file name, file type, size and date of each file stored on the CD. Within the Windows and Mac environments, the operating systems do not include a way to directly print a CD directory listing. But there is a way to print the contents of a disc using other means including using a third-party application.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhoto or similar graphic program
  • Microsoft Word or similar program

Microsoft Windows

  • Insert the CD you want to print the content list of into your computer's CD-ROM drive. In Microsoft Windows, click “Start” and then click “My Computer.”

    This will show what drives you have on your computer including the CD-ROM drive. Write down the name of your CD-ROM's drive letter on a piece of paper such as \"D:,” “E:” or other drive letter containing the CD-ROM icon.

  • In Windows XP, click “Start” and then click “Run.” Type “cmd” in the box next to the word “Open.” If using Windows Vista or 7, type “cmd” in the “Start Search” box. Press the “Enter” key on your computer's keyboard.

    A command prompt will open and display “C:\>”. You may see a directory name after the command prompt; that is OK.

  • Type “dir X: > list.txt”. With “X” representing your CD-ROM's drive letter you wrote down in step 1. Press “Enter.”

  • Type “exit” at the command prompt. Press “Enter” or “Return.”

  • Click “Start” and then click “My Computer.” Double-click on the “C:” drive icon.

  • Double click on the “list.txt” file. This file contains the directory listing of the CD inserted in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

  • Click on the “File” menu and choose “Print.” Click the “Print” button to print the CD's content list.

Macintosh Operating System

  • Insert the CD you want to print the content list of into your computer's CD-ROM drive. The CD's icon will appear on your Mac's Desktop.

  • Click on the CD's icon to open the disc's window.

  • Press the “Apple,” “Shift” and “3” keys together. Release the keys.

  • Click in the CD's window with your mouse. A screenshot picture of the CD's window will appear on your Mac's Desktop.

  • Click and drag the screenshot picture to iPhoto or similar graphic program to open the file.

    Click on the “File” menu and choose “Print” to print the CD's content listing.

Use Screenshot in Windows

  • Insert the CD you want to print the content list of into your computer's CD-ROM drive.

  • Click “Start,” and then click “My Computer.”

  • Double-click on your CD-ROM's icon. Press the “ALT” and “Print Scrn” keys together (the “Print Scrn” key may be labeled “PrtSc” if you are using a laptop). Release the keys.

  • Open Microsoft Word or similar program. Click on the “File” menu and choose “New,” and then \"Blank Document.\"

  • Press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys together to paste the captured screen shot into a blank document. Click the “File” menu and choose “Print” and “OK” to print the CD's content listing.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also print the content list of a CD by downloading and using Karen's Directory Printer (see Resources for link). Once downloaded and installed, double click on the Karen Directory Printer icon to run the program. Click on your CD-ROM drive's letter to select the drive. Click on the “Print” button to print the CD's directory listing.

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