How to Filter Files By Size in Windows File Explorer

File Explorer has built-in search functionality that is very good at what it does. Using the search bar, here’s how you can filter files by their size in Windows File Explorer.

The File Explorer in Windows has several different filters which can be used to better search and find the files you are looking for. Using those special filters, you can find files that are equal, larger or smaller than the file size. As you can guess, this approach is particularly useful to find large files in your system.

So, without further ado, let me show you how to find large files in File Explorer in Windows.

Note: I’m demonstrating this in Windows 10 but the same steps are applicable for Windows 7 and 8.1.

Filter and Find Files by Size in File Explorer

First, open File Explorer if you haven’t already. Next, go to the folder where you want to filter the files. For example, if you want to filter files by size in D drive, then go to that drive. If you want to filter your enter hard drive and be in the root of the File Explorer (This PC page).

1. Pre-defined Size Filters

File Explorer has some simple pre-defined size filters. They are as follows:

  • Empty – 0KB files (empty files)
  • Tiny – between 0KB & 16KB
  • Small – between 16KB & 1MB
  • Medium – between 1MB & 128MB
  • Large – between 128MB & 1GB
  • Huge – between 1GB & 4GB
  • Gigantic – greater than 4GB.

So, if you want to find files that are greater than 1GB, just type size: huge in the search bar and press Enter. File Explorer filter the files and lists all the files that are greater than 1GB.

Filter files by size win 10 - predefined file size paramenters

2. Files greater than or less than a specific size

If the predefined size names are not helpful for you, you can directly enter the file size.

To filter files greater than the specified size:

size: >500MB

To filter files less than the specified size:

size: <500MB

3.Files of the exact size

If you want to find a file of specific size then you can use the below filter. Of course, replace 135MB with the file size of your choice.

size: 135MB

Keep in mind that the File Explorer can sometimes round the exact size of files. As such, the below command can show both 134MB and 136MB files along with 135MB.

4. Files between a specific size

In a similar manner, you can find files between a specific size.

For example, maybe you want to find all the files between 1GB and 2GB. In those situations, you combine multiple operators. The filter will look something like this.

size: >1GB AND <2GB

Note: Capitalization of AND operator is important.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, finding large files, finding small files or even files between a certain size is pretty easy in File Explorer. Just play around a bit with the size parameter and File Explorer will help you along the way some useful suggestions in the drop-down menu.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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