Simply how do I see the complete size of a folder within Finder ?

(AFAIK there is no default setting to automatically turn this feature on - correct me if i'm wrong)


In Finder:

  1. Either:
    1. Option + click a folder.
    2. Or: Click the gear icon in the header.
    3. Or: Select the View menu, and then "Show View Options".
    4. Or: Command + J
  2. Select "Show View Options"
  3. In the 4th subset of options select the box "Calculate all sizes".

If a folder is empty it will only show "--" like all the folders previously did.

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  • The skitch is strong in that bassplayer7 one :-) – bmike May 31 '13 at 18:14
  • @bmike Clarify "skitch" - do you mean his annotation in red ? – Simon May 31 '13 at 18:25
  • @Simon Skitch (and Napkin is even more awesome than Skitch in many respects…) – bmike May 31 '13 at 18:27
  • @bmike Ah yes I think it was bought by Evernote, and then because people "complained", Evernote released it as a stand-alone product again recently – Simon May 31 '13 at 18:29
  • @bmike Ah ok thanks for informing me. I know about Skitch but when you said it above I thought it was some american word i'd never heard of :) – Simon May 31 '13 at 18:31

You can use use quick look on a folder (just select a folder and hit spacebar). This will calculate the complete size of the folder just once.

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