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  • How do I set default file size units?

    I'm comparing two folders and have got a huge list of files and folders. The 'Size' column confuses me. I see the first folder is 68.7 GB, another is 7,196,909, and then a file is 8.

    68.7 GB makes perfect sense to me. I guess that 8 is '8 bytes', which I know is tiny. But I'm not so good with converting millions. Is that 7.2 MB?

    I know that if I do some research I'll find the answer to those questions, but I'd much prefer to be able to set the default file size to MB and above. I don't want to have to look at how many commas there are and calculate whether it's megabytes or something else. I want to see it at a glance.

    I had a good look through the settings, and also searched, but nowhere could I see a setting for default file/folder size units.

  • #2
    Hello,

    The width of the column determines the detail length. We show as much detail as we can, but if you make the column narrower we'll begin to round to a larger set of units.
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    • #3
      Shrinking Columns

      Thanks very much for getting back to me. I gave that a try.

      I start with two files:
      Code:
      File One: 1.38 MB
      File Two: 382,298
      I then shrink that column a little:
      Code:
      File One: 1.38 ...
      File Two: 382,298
      This doesn't help me, because it's 1.38 somethings. It could be GB.

      I shrink it further:
      Code:
      File One: 1.38 ...
      File Two: 373 KB
      I still don't know what the 1.38 means, but at last I see something more human and meaningful for file two.

      And further:
      Code:
      File One: 1.38 ...
      File Two: 373 ...
      And now I'm just lost.

      Unfortunately shrinking the columns doesn't seem to help me. What I think would be easiest to get the maximum detail from with the minimum mental processing is precisely how Windows Explorer does it, but this doesn't seem possible in Beyond Compare:

      Code:
      File One: 1.38 MB
      File Two: 374 KB
      Never mind, I can live with it!

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      • #4
        Thanks for the feedback. Leaving it at a maximum value would probably be best in this case, and we'll look into what we can do to help improve the readability.
        Aaron P Scooter Software

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