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How to use Smart Folders in Windows

For people who use Mac products, there is a very simple process of creating folders which involves dragging and dropping applications on top of one another. Windows 7, although it comes with a whole range of innovative features, does not appear to possess this built in functionality. In fact, creation of folders in Windows has not changed since Windows 98 where the user is required to create a separate folder and move their preferred files manually into it. Now users won’t have to feel a step behind Mac users with the free application called Smart Folders designed by AddictiveTips. The application makes it incredibly easy to create folders whenever a user feels the need and to retain a neat desktop. All versions of Windows (XP to Windows 7,8), 32-bit or 64-bit, can run the program smoothly.

The application essentially follows the same mechanism as Macs where organizing word documents, images and media files can be performed in a swift operation.  The process involves clicking or highlighting the preferred file(s) located on the desktop and dragging them on top of another file, followed by the application requesting the user to type in the name of the folder they wish to create. When the folder name has been entered it is thus generated in the same location and the files all transferred into that particular folder. 

Downloading and installing Smart Folders

The application, Smart Folders, can be downloaded from here. The program is quite small in size and should not take more than a few minutes to download. Once downloaded, click the .exe file to commence installing the application. In some instances, users may experience a User Account Control warning (as shown below), if this is the case, click Yes to continue.

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When the main interface appears, choose the ‘Install’ option and the program will begin the installation process. 

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When the installation process is complete exit out of the main interface.

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Using Smart Folders:

To automatically create folders, navigate to your desktop. Select one or multiple files (if preferable) and a small pop up stating ‘move’  should appear when you start dragging them. Drag the files to another program or file and release.

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A dialog box will display requesting a name for the output folder. Type in a preferred name and click OK for the folder to be created.

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The folder has now been formed and your selected files have transferred into it. That’s it!

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Configuring file extensions in Smart Folders:

The application is registered for all extensions by default, however, some Windows and other programs have specific file extensions that may need to be registered manually by the user. In order to configure file extensions, open the application and enter in the particular file extension in the text box and select the Register button.

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The file extension should now appear on the list of acceptable file extensions for Smart Folders. You can also make it that only registered file extensions can be used by Smart Folder.

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If you want to remove the file extension for whatever reason, then just select the relevant one and click Deregister.

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Uninstalling Smart Folder from Windows:

If you find that you are not overly content with Smart Folders or require the drag-and-drop method for other reasons, you can uninstall it by navigating and launching the installers file.

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Select Uninstall.

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All file extensions will be unregistered and the application deleted from the operating system. Please note that settings for configured file extensions will not be retained and therefore if you decide to reinstall Smart Folders you will need to re-enter your preferred settings.

 

The Smart Folder application is useful tool for users who want to easily and simply create folders without having to perform it manually. Furthermore, it is not an overly complicated program with an easy to use interface which ensures any computer user whether they be novice or experienced to use the program.

 

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