On request 4wd provided an excellent program to dynamically monitor the number and total size of files in a particular folder -- FolMon
It's great for keeping track of a file-generating process that should be steadily adding files to the folder, to glance over and see numbers changing, getting larger. The computer resources overhead seems negligable running FolMon. I'll have it on two computers, one on either side of my main computer, running for months to come.
I have an additional related request now:
Double-click a desktop icon to bring up a small window showing the most recent files (created or modified, either one would do) within that folder. Number of files = 5... would be great.
No need to go deeper than a single level -- just the folder itself.
No need to keep dynamically updating. Periodically as desired user can double-click and see the result. This way he/she will have a better idea where progress has gotten to in the overall job being monitored.
4wd might think to add it to his existing FolMon -- an additional little window within FolMon that shows file names of new files as they are added -- but doing so probably would add too much to overhead resource hogging. Plus it's just a once-in-a-while request that user would likely be wanting, no continuous need.
I've noted out there lots of programmers requesting code to accomplish the task above -- in Python, C++, etc. -- but no simple little Windows program to do it.Double-click ---> List 5 most recent files in folder XYZ.
I'd sure appreciate having this.
One can, as an alternative, use Windows Explorer in details mode, columns sorted on Modified (etc.) in descending order, then hit refresh periodically. But..., if the folder has a really large number of files, the refresh takes a long time. Maybe, though, most of you would suggest this route. If so, that's what I'll do.