Folder Cache is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices that keeps track of closed folders so that you can reopen them.
How often has it happened to you that you closed a folder only to reopen it again several minutes later? There is not much that you can do about that other than to open a new Windows Explorer instance and browse to the folder that was displayed just minutes ago.
Depending on where it is located, it may take a while before you get there unless you have saved it to the favorites in the sidebar.
Third party tools or desktop indexing programs may help but the majority of users is not using them. If you want something simple, lightweight that works out of the box then Folder Cache may be exactly what you are looking for.
The portable software program has been designed by Donation Coder member Miles Ahead. It is a compiled AutoHotkey application which means some antivirus programs might identify it as malicious, but that is a false positive. The program remembers the 24 most recent folders of the Windows operating system and provides easy access to them when needed.
It will sit quietly in the Windows system tray for most of the time and can be activated by pressing the keyboard shortcut [Shift Page UP]. This will open the main program window which lists up to 24 folders that were open recently.
The most recent folders are located at the top. A double-click on any folder will open it in a new Windows Explorer window. It takes a second or two to open the folder which means that the delay is noticeable but still way faster than having to open the folder manually in Windows Explorer again.
There are a few aspects that might be worth changing. The delay should be investigated and if possible reduced to speed up the process. It would be nice if the software developer would add preferences to the computer program. Thinking of settings to change the number of recorded folders, or filter folders. Another interesting feature would be the addition of permanent folders in the interface that the user could add.
Folder Cache is a lightweight tool for users who work (a lot) with Windows Explorer. It may speed up certain processes if you encounter closed folder, need to reopen, situations regularly.
Update: Folder Cache is not available anymore. If you are using Windows 7 or newer, you may use the jumplist functionality of the operating system instead. Just right-click the Windows Explorer window on the taskbar to display a list of folders that were open recently on your system.
There does not seem to be a comparable application available unfortunately. We have uploaded the latest working version of Folder Cache to our own server. Click on the following link to download the application: FolderCache.zip
Note that we do not support the software in any way.
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