How To Find Files Based On Size Using Windows Explorer Search Filters

Not a long time ago, a hard disk of a personal computer with 1 Terabyte of available storage space was unheard of. Nowadays, it is considered to be the standard hard drive space for a personal computer, and we can easily fill it up, since we’ve stopped deleting large files after their use is over. For instance, most of us do not bother to delete HD movies, even after watching them. To help our readers analyze disk space usage and manage data on the hard drive, we have covered a lot of useful disk space management applications in the past; OverDisk (reviewed here), Disk Space Fan (reviewed here) and RidNacs (reviewed here), just to name a few. Disk space analyzers allow you to view the files and folders stored on your hard drive with respect to their size and provides you with the option to delete them. There is no question about their usefulness, but what if you can view all the files bigger than a particular size without installing any third party application? In this post, we will explain how you can use the Windows Explorer Search to find files bigger than a defined size.

The following screenshot displays an example of a search filter. The filter used in this case will display all files in the current location that are greater than 1 GB. The size filters available by default are empty (0 KB), Tiny (0 – 10 KB), Small (10 – 100 KB), Medium (100 KB – 1 MB), Large (1 – 16 MB), Huge (16 – 128 MB) and Gigantic (> 128 MB). Just enter “size:” in the search bar of Windows Explorer and the default list will be automatically revealed. You can select any size filter to search for the related content.

To search for files larger than 1 GB using the Search bar of Windows Explorer, open Windows Explorer and enter the following command and hit Enter.


After the search is complete, all the files with a size of more than 1GB will be listed in the Search Results. Now you can look through the list and delete any unneeded file. The file size can be anything, for instance, you can enter 500KB, 20MB, 500MB, 2GB, 10GB etc. By default, there is also a list of pre-configured file size filters, such as Empty (0 KB), Small (10 – 100 KB), Large (1 – 16 MB), Gigantic (>128 MB) etc. This way you can search for files according to file size and keep your hard drive free of huge, unwanted files.

[via Lifehacker]

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Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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