Indicating when a file is "empty"

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In the estimating world I deal with a variety of different vendors to which I could receive multiple files each. I keep a blank default folder for my vendor quotes, and within that folder i have sub-folders for each budget group that are "empty" (and by empty I mean with no files rather than no folders). I use the same structure for every project, and not every project will have the need for files in every budget group.

Is there a way to shade or identify the empty (file-less) folders so that I can still use and see the structure but know when a folder (budget group) has been used and don’t go down an empty path looking for something? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Eleven Yu (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 10,706 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    You can quickly find the empty folders using below method.

    Press Win + E to open File Explorer.
    Click on the Search Tab to open the Search Menu
    Set the Size filter to Empty, and be sure that the All subfolder feature is checked
    After the search ends, it will display all files and folders that do not take up any memory space

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  2. MotoX80 32,441 Reputation points

    Depending on your folder structure, a Powershell script might work.

    Get-ChildItem 'C:\Program Files\' -directory | foreach {
        [PSCustomObject] @{
            'File Count' = (Get-ChildItem $_.FullName -recurse -file).count
            Folder = $_.FullName
    } | Out-GridView

    Put your folder name in that and save it somewhere. Ex: c:\Scripts\Analyze.ps1. Create a RunIt.bat file that calls the script.

    powershell.exe c:\scripts\Analyze.ps1

    Then just double click on the bat file to run it.

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