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9. Advanced Word Hacks > 83. Show a Directory Structure as a Word Outline

Show a Directory Structure as a Word Outline

Use Outline view to quickly scan a directory for errant files or space hogs with this RTF hack.

When directory structures were small, you could figure out where all the space on your hard drive went by just using a bit of DOS at the command line:

> dir /os/n c:\somedir > summary.txt

But these days, a typical hard drive just has too many incidental subdirectories, and finding the large files (or a directory full of a million small files) in that summary.txt file would be like finding a needle in a haystack.

Tip

This hack assumes that you have Perl installed on your system and that you can run Perl scripts from the DOS command line. To download a free version of Perl for Windows, go to the ActiveState web site at http://www.activestate.com.


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