Find & Remove Empty Folders with FolderSizes

FolderSizes provides an extremely powerful built-in search facility that can isolate specific file and folder instances based upon a broad range of criteria. FolderSizes search can easily be used to find and remove empty folders.

Find Empty Folders with FolderSizes

Using FolderSizes to Search for Empty Directories & Files

Here's a quick overview of the steps required to find and remove empty folders using FolderSizes 6 (please note that the precise steps will be different for older versions of FolderSizes, but the general idea will be the same).

  • Click the Search button in the application ribbon bar. The FolderSizes Search window will appear.
  • Add one or more paths to the Search Paths tab by using the New Path button.
  • Click the Search Rules tab, and click the New Rule Button. Select New Folder Rule from the pop-up menu. The Rule Editor window will appear.
  • Click the Size tab in the Rule Editor window, and select the Specify Size radio button [screen].
  • Specify a folder size "Equal to" 0 KB.
  • Click OK to save the rule and click the Start toolbar button to begin the empty directory search.

Once you've got a listing of the zero-length file system objects, you can select the ones you don't need, right click, and choose Delete Selected Item(s) [screen].

Important: Never assume that a directory is safe to delete simply because it is empty. Make sure you understand the potential impact before modifying any part of your computer or network file system(s).

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