David Wardle, Editor / Informer Technologies, Inc. / December 19, 2012
These application can create lists with the files from a folder or from a drive. Most of these programs also allow you to export these lists to various file formats, such as text or CSV files. All of them can also list folders and subdirectories, not only files. Another thing that these applications have in common is the fact that they are all free.
These programs can help you with what you're intending to do:
Simple File Lister is a useful free tool that will allow you to create lists of all files stored in a given folder – and its children subfolders - and save them in customizable text-based documents. The generated list can be stored as CSV or TSV files, which can then be easily imported in most spreadsheet viewers, such as Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice, Google Docs, and LibreOffice.
File List Generator organizes, prints, and helps isolate files from even the largest, disorganized directories. This freeware proprietary software helps ensure your essential files have been recovered, with industry leading speed and accuracy. Windows does not offer an option for printing directories, and trying to compile a comprehensive list of files can be cumbersome and time-consuming.
File& Folder List Maker makes filing tasks much easier. This neat little program does just what it says. It makes lists of any files and folders that you want, that you can copy and paste, save and print. This is very useful because it is difficult to remember exactly what folders are stored on your memory sticks, discs or external drives.
File List Creator is a little utility that can help you manage and keep track of all your files. If you download a lot of binaries such as MP3s and compressed files and keep them on Zip disks or Cds, you will find File List Creator a great tool for you. File List Creator can help you create catalogs of any file types and save them as data files.
PrintFolder alows to directly print the list of files, subfolders or folders contained in a selected folder. Very small application, it uses very few system resources. Easy and simple to use. The folder list appears as in MSDos format and can be color inverted. It shows the number of files, total filesize of the folder and the free disk space.
Need to easily be able to catalogue your software or music cd-s? FileLister Pro allows you to display the content of your drives or folders in a simple text format that you can copy and paste into your favorite database program or excel spreadsheet.