How to See the Number of Files in a Google Drive Folder

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When you want to see the number of files in a Google Drive folder, it’s not immediately obvious how to do so. There isn’t a count anywhere to be found.

Using the workaround below, though, you’ll be able to find the number of files without any manual counting. These workarounds require no third-party apps or tools, and you can do it right from your browser.

Tip: If you have issues uploading files to Google Drive, we have the fixes here.

Drag But Do Not Drop Method

  1. Open the Google Drive folder to see the available files.
  2. Scroll all the way down until all of your files are loaded. If you do not do this, you will only get the count of the files that have been loaded.
  3. Select all the files using the Ctrl + A key combination.
  4. Once all the files are selected, drag as if you are going to drop them into another folder, but do not drop – just leave them there.
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Drag Method

When you do that, you should see the count of the files in a small rectangle in the middle of the screen. The red circles the number.

See Number of Files in a Google Drive Folder Using Select All

Similar to the drag method above, you can also see the number of files simply by selecting all your files in a particular folder.

  1. Open your desired Google Drive folder.
  2. Scroll until you reach the end of your file list.
  3. Press Ctrl + A to select all files. You’ll see the number of selected files at the bottom left corner of your screen.
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Selectall Method

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Using the Share Dialog Box to See the Number of Files

In this method, you click the Share button as if you are going to share the files, but you’re not actually sharing anything.

  1. Open the Google Drive folder and get to the end of the folder so that all the files load.
  2. Press Ctrl + A to select all the files on the screen.
  3. Right-click on any one file and select “Share”
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Share
  1. On the following screen you should be able to see the number of files you have in the folder at the top of the window.
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Share Files

Count All Files in Google Drive

The above methods let you see the number of files in a Google Drive folder versus your entire Google Drive. If you want to see the number of files you’ve created along with shared files, you just need to view your Storage.

  1. Select “Storage” near the bottom of the left pane.
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Storage
  1. Scroll until all files have loaded.
  2. Press Ctrl + A to select all files.
  3. The number of files pops up in a small box at the bottom left of the screen.
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Drag All Files Total

Get Totals from Google Drive for Desktop

If you have the Google Drive for Desktop app, you can get a total for all your files in a specific folder by checking the folder’s properties. Use our guide to learn more about using Google Drive from File Explorer.

  1. Open Windows File Explorer.
  2. Expand “Google Drive” in the left pane.
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Desktop
  1. Right-click “My Drive” for all files that belong to you or open “My Drive” and right-click your desired folder. Select “Properties.”
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Desktop Properties
  1. The number of files is beside “Contains.”
How To See The Number Of Files In A Google File Folder Desktop Properties Total

Whenever you need to know the number of files in a Google Drive folder again, you can use any of the methods above. Right now Google doesn’t have plans to add a count to your drive or folders by default, but many users have requested it, so hopefully, it’ll be added in the future. For now, you’ll need to use these workarounds. But, thanks to these Google Drive keyboard shortcuts, you’ll get more done faster.

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Crystal Crowder
Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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