I’m sure all of us deal with a fair share of documents but if you’re anything like me, your Documents folder is a huge mess of disorganized Word files, PDFs, Excel sheets and whatnot, with stochastic names that are both hard to pronounce and read. Rummaging through these items can be a tedious task especially if you need to find something from a large number of files. That’s why, Rummage for Windows aims to help you organizing your digital documents with ease. The simple program enables you to index all kind of documents in one place, tag them and access them no matter where they are stored on your computer. It can automatically sort indexed items by their size, creation date, file type etc. The application carries integrated search feature to find indexed items via their name or tags.
When you execute the application, it asks you to (optionally) connect your online accounts like Google, Facebook etc., to connect to people who are also using Rummage. You can, of course, skip this step if you need. Afterwards, the application enables you to select indexing method. Power users can use ‘Advanced Configuration’ option to get more control, while traditionalists might want to click ‘Quick Start’ or ‘Start Full Index’ to get Rummage to do all the legwork.
Here’s what the interface of Rummage looks like when all the indexing is complete. The header comprises a search bar, which can be used to quickly find any indexed item. The toolbar located below the search bar allows you to navigate between file views. All Tags is the default view where you can manage files via tags.
When you click a file, Rummage filters the results so only the selected file is shown. In the file preview section to the left of Rummage, it displays file information as well as tags associated with it. You can also assign custom tags to documents with certain parameters, for example, you can add the tag ‘Media’ to anything in the Media folder, or add the tag “form” to a PDF based form file.
You can also navigate between the files via File Type or Folders in Rummage. The former lets you browse files based on their extensions, while the latter enables you to browse all the folders in your computer. The People tab only works if you connect your social media accounts with Rummage. And finally, the last method for browsing the files is by Dates, for example, files from Today, Yesterday, Last month etc.
All in all, Rummage is a handy application which can organize different kinds of files on a computer. My biggest issue with Rummage was its lack of a re-indexing feature. The app does carry a button to rebuild the index but it doesn’t work in the Alpha release. The application is available for free.