How to add the print directory feature to Windows Explorer

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to add the print directory feature, and how to enable printing of the directory listing from within Windows Explorer. For more information about How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
321379 How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7

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To have us add the Print Directory feature for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to add the Print Directory feature yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

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To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

Add the Print Directory feature
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  • If you are not using the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Then, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.



Let me fix it myself

To add the print directory feature to Windows Explorer, follow these steps:

Step 1: Create the Printdir.bat file

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
  2. Paste the following text into Notepad:
    @echo off
    dir %1 /-p /o:gn > "%temp%\Listing"
    start /w notepad /p "%temp%\Listing"
    del "%temp%\Listing"
    exit
  3. On the File menu, click Exit, and then click Yes to save the changes.
  4. In the Save As dialog box, type the following text in the File name box, and then click Save:
    %windir%\Printdir.bat

    Note If you receive a dialog box that states that you do not have permission to save in this location, you can save the file to the desktop. Next, you click Start, click Run, type %windir%, and then click OK. Then, you can copy the file from the desktop to the location.

Step 2: Edit the registry

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Click Start, click Run, type Notepad, and then click OK.
  2. Type the following commands in Notepad.
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell]
    @="none"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\Print_Directory_Listing]
    @="Print Directory Listing"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Print_Directory_Listing\command]
    @="Printdir.bat \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory]
    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000008

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\Print_Directory_Listing]
    @="Print Directory Listing"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\Print_Directory_Listing\command]
    @="Printdir.bat \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\AttachmentExecute\{0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory]
    "EditFlags"="000001d2"
    On the File menu, click Save As.
  3. In the Save in list, click Desktop.
  4. In the File name box, type PrintDirectoryListing.reg, click All Files in the Save as type list, and then click Save.
  5. On the desktop, double-click the LoggingOn.reg file to add the registry keys to the Windows registry.
  6. Click OK in the message box.

Did this fix the problem?

  • Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this section. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
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Article ID: 272623 - Last Review: November 9, 2010 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
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