While a graphical user interface like Windows can make
things easier, sometimes it just gets in the way and
makes life more difficult.
you want to send someone a list of the files in a
particular folder. File Explorer doesnt provide a
way to capture a file listing to the clipboard, where you
can then paste it into an email.
always open a cmd prompt, navigate to the folder in
question, and type dir > files.txt,
which sends the output of the dir command to a
text file. You can then open the text file and copy the
contents to the clipboard.
add-ins allowing you to right-click on a folder and
select an option to copy the list to the clipboard. But
they often have limitations regarding how the data gets
Both of the
above solutions only work for the file system. What if
you want to capture a list of folders in your email? Or
what if, as happened to me, you are in Outlook and want
to capture the data in a Folder Size window.
Outlook does not allow copying the data to the clipboard.
The list can be quite long and the dialog box is small
and not resizable, so even doing screen captures is not a
to the rescue! This cool little free program allows you
to capture data stored in standard list-views,
tree-views, list boxes, combo boxes, text-boxes, and
WebBrowser/HTML controls from most Windows
requires no installation. You just run the executable and
shows all objects from which it can capture data.
Generally, it is a confusing and long list of various
programs, controls and list boxes. You can scroll through
the list looking for what looks right, but a far easier
method is to drag the target icon at the left edge of the
toolbar to the area containing the data you want. If
SysExporter can capture the data, the top pane will
highlight the windows title, the type of the object
and some other technical data. The bottom pane will show
the actual data.
export the data to a file in a number of formats of plain
text, HTML, or XML. You can also copy the data to the
clipboard in tab-delimited format. I find the latter to
be very useful. This makes it easy to paste into a
spreadsheet for further manipulation such as sorting,
filtering, or formatting. For example, for the Folder
Size data from Outlook, I removed the KB
from each line of data, formatted the Size
columns as numbers with comma separators for thousands,
added KB to the header row, and sorted by the Size
System requirements: Windows 95 through Windows 10
Originally published: January, 2017