I'm using some folders over and over again during my daily work routine. My mp3 folder for instance, my profile folder and the folder that contains most of my applications stored on the computer.
I have been using shortcuts to access them until now but I found a free software today that adds favorite folders to the right-click menu so that you can open them from there directly.
Folder Guide lets you open any folder that you have added with just two clicks, and adding folders is pretty easy as well.
You click on Add in the main program interface and choose an alias which is the name that will be shown in the right-click menu and a path to the folder that should be opened when you select it.
The program can add any folder that is accessible on the system. You can also right-click any folder in Windows Explorer directly to add it to the folder list this way.
It is furthermore possible to sort the folders in the right-click menu to create a structure that you are comfortable with. You can add folders from removable drives or network drives which is nice if you are connecting those to your computer regularly.
Selected paths are opened automatically when you select them in the right-click context menu.
If you access a handful of folders or drives on your system over and over again, you may want to use the program to speed up the process significantly. Just add any folder or drive you want to the structure to open them with two mouse clicks whenever you need to access them.
No more browsing in Windows Explorer until you finally are at your destination.
Update: Folder Guide has been last updated in 2008. It is still compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. I have tested it on a 64-bit Windows 7 installation and the context menu showed up fine in Windows Explorer.
Please note that you may need to log out and in again, restart the computer or kill the explorer.exe process before you see the new context menu entry in Windows Explorer.
The program ships with import and export options, which is useful if you want to have the same folders accessible on multiple Windows systems.
Note that you do not really need the program if you are running Windows Vista or a newer version of Windows considering that you can add folders to the favorites in the sidebar in Windows Explorer easily to access them from there directly.
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