Quickly Move Between Favorite Folders Using Folder Menu

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If you have a large number of files in your computer, the best way to manage them is by putting then in separate folders and subfolders. For instance, it will be really easily for you to locate an audio file if its placed in a folder containing all the songs from the same Artist, than when you have to go through hundreds of random songs. However, with that many folders, you also need an efficient program to manage your folders. Folder Menu is a folder switching application for Windows which lets you add your favorite folders and move between them without having to open Windows Explorer or My Computer. It allows you to jump between folders, open favorite folders, launch frequently used programs, visit favorite websites and search files by their extensions. It includes a Recent items list to quickly open recently used files and folders. You can also set custom icons for folders and manage their size.

The program runs in the system tray and can be activated by either clicking the middle mouse button or by using Windows + W hotkey combination. The menu features the Recent sub-menu at the top. The developer has included C drive, User Profile, Program files, Windows and System32 folders as default favorites. In the lower half you have sub-menus for accessing Files, Websites, Windows Registry and setting search filters.

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There are two ways to add items to the Folder Menu list. The first one requires you to middle-click the folder that you want to add to Favorites. From the menu, hover mouse pointer over Folder Menu and then click Add Favorite.

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Another way to add and edit your favorites is from Options dialog. Click Insert Item button to add file, website links, registry scripts, programs. etc., to Favorite list. You can also manually change the name and path to open the item of your choice.

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When you right-click folder in Folder Menu, it will show all the underlying folders.

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The Filter submenu comes useful to initiate file search by types. For instance, if you want to search images on your PC, from Filters submenu, select Images. It will automatically fill the search bar with all the known image extensions and initiate the image search. Likewise, you can search programs, text files, compressed files, etc.

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With Folder Menu, you can quickly navigate between folders, open programs, and visit websites. The Recent items submenu, as well as, the option to choose custom folders makes it easier for you to minimize your time looking for a folder. It is a multi-lingual, open source tool that supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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  • EddyGeek

    using this for most a year. satisfied with.. but need fix to make it works with windows 8 explorer.

  • timul

    This one also does the same thing.
    http://michaeluno.jp/en/quick-menu

  • Gregg DesElms

    Indeed, timul’s recommendation of Quick Pop Menu is a good one…

    …but it misses the central point: Access to FOLDERS, not programs (though Quick Pop Menu will do both).

    Everyone gets all excited about launchers and menu tools which allow quick access to most-used programs, but they often forget that it’s equally important to be able to quickly access certain folders on the system. I, for one, don’t know what I’d do without a tool of Folder Menu’s type which allows really, really fast access to certain key folders on my system. And I see that as an entirely different function than quickly accessing most-used programs/apps.

    The people over at Code Sector software completely get that, as evidenced by the fact that Code Sector makes both a folder access tool (Direct Folders), and a program launching tool (JetStart Pro) (both of which come in freeware and paid versions). Clearly, the folks who make Folder Menu get it, too. Being able to access key folders as quickly and easily as key programs/apps is terribly important; and many tools which allow for access of apps do not also do a good job of allowing access to folders.

    Quick Pop Menu, it appears, is pretty good about that.

    As is the tool which I use: Alentum Software’s freeware “Advanced Launcher,” which is WAY more potent and capable than it might first appear.

    Hope that helps!

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    • Quick Pop Menu User

      @Gregg You can access folders by creating the shortcuts of them. It’s just simple as that.