Access Windows Folders Quickly

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 23, 2008
Updated • Oct 30, 2017

Folder Guide is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices (XP or older officially supported), to access folders quickly.

One thing that most users would like to see in the next Microsoft operating system is an option to create bookmarks for folders. Opening a folder in Windows Explorer currently means to click your way through the parent folders until you reach it.

Shortcuts are a temporary solution but they are only accessible where they have been placed. Application Launchers could be a solution but most users would probably prefer a integrated Windows Explorer solution.

Update: Newer versions of Windows Explorer / File Explorer support the adding of favorites. You can add any folder to the favorites to display it in the sidebar of Explorer. This means that those folders are just a click away in Explorer, and that a program such as Folder Guide is not really required anymore on those systems.

Folder Guide

Folder Guide provides quick access to Windows folders that have been added to the software program. It acts pretty much like a new entry to the right-click context menu which becomes available on the Desktop, in Windows Explorer and Open/Save/Browse dialog windows.

The Windows folders that have been added that way can be opened with only two clicks no matter where they are located on the hard drive. One benefit of Folder Guide is that the application itself is only running during configuration of the Windows folders that are added to it. This means it does not add another icon to the system tray or use up valuable computer memory afterwards.

New Folders can also be added to the application by right-clicking the folder and selecting Add To Folder Guide from the menu. This makes it easy and comfortable to add all Windows Folders that are updated regularly to the software.

A similar program to add Windows Folders as favorites is Direct Folders which has been covered before at Ghacks.

Closing Words

Folder Guide is a handy program for Windows to quickly access important folders. While you can configure this in newer versions of Windows directly, Folder Guide adds the option to the right-click menu so that it is independent of the Explorer window.

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  1. Benony said on August 25, 2008 at 12:49 am

    I’ve been using FolderGuide for probably 1 – 2 years now and it’s great. But I also use other useful software’s like Dirkey and QTab Bar. Dirkey uses hotkeys to access folders faster, and it’s great when saving files cause you can also use the hotkeys to locate the folders you want to save the files in faster. And Qtab bar is a great alternative for Windows Explorer.

  2. lily said on August 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    still using filebox extender til something better comes along…

  3. Keule said on August 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    What’s with WIN+R -> %windir%?

  4. Martin said on August 24, 2008 at 1:08 am

    And you were right to mention it :) So, we were both right, let us drink a beer and celebrate our geekiness, it’s weekend after all ;)

  5. Womble said on August 24, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Your right of course, this is a better solution, I was just acting immaturely for the fun of it :D

    Forgive me ;)

  6. Martin said on August 24, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I’m always forgetting that one Womble. But it does not help you when browsing or saving or opening files.

  7. Womble said on August 23, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Take a guess what the favourites menu in explorer is for ;)

  8. Rarst said on August 23, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    @Roman ShaRP

    If file manager can’t offer fast access to folders needed… It’s time to look for new file manager. :)

  9. Roman ShaRP said on August 23, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Too bad it don’t work for file managers which integrate Explorer menu. It opens explorer instance, not path in file manager.

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