DOS Redirection From 1983
One of the top requests for Windows 10 is that Microsoft allow printing of directory listings -- getting a print out of all the files in a folder. But Microsoft so far is maintaining a stance of deafness towards its customers and so it is up to me to show you how.
Now, I know that readers will tell me that such-and-such utility does this, and that's great. Here is the method I use, and it goes back to 1983 when PC-DOS v2 was released. The trick is to use redirection, which still works today in 2015.
1. In File Manager, go to the folder in which you want the file names printed.
2. In the address bar, right-click the path name, and then choose Copy from the shortcut menu. You do this so that you won't need to type in the long path name later on.
3. Click the Start button, and then choose Run.
4. In the Run dialog box, type cmd and then press Enter. Notice the DOS window.
5. Type cd (this is short for "change directory") and then type a space.
6. Right-click, and then choose Paste from the shortcut menu. Notice that the path is pasted.
7. Press Enter, and notice that Windows (or DOS) goes to the folder you want.
8. Now you can use redirection to print the contents of the folder. At the command prompt, enter the following command:
dir /b > dirs.txt
Nothing seems to happen. But it did. A new file is in the folder, named "dirs.txt."
What you did here is use the dir (directory) command with the /b (bare) option to send only the file names to a text file named dirs.txt. (The name of the file does not matter.) The > symbol redirects the output from the dir command to the file; without it, the file listing would appear on the screen.
9. Open the dirs.txt file in a word processor, edit it as required, and then print it.
Cumbersome, true, but that's Microsoft's fault. I like using this method, because it reminds me how powerful DOS was, and still is today.