There are basically two types of computer users when it comes to organizing files on a computer system. Type a sorts files neatly in folders based on type or other criteria while type b likes to put all files into one folder that is growing immensely over time. The ever growing single folder can slow down operations including the time it takes to display the folder contents or to locate a file in the folder.
Manually sorting the files into different folders on the other hand can take quite some time. The free tool DropIt aids the user by automating much of the process.
The software can be configured to move files to designated directories based on their names and extensions. Folders and their linked file extensions are configured in the DropIt interface. Wildcards are supported as well as multiple file matches that need to be separated with a ";".
It is for instance possible to configure all document formats to be copied into a documents folder or all media formats into a media folder. Wildcards can be used to specify file names or extensions, *.doc* would for instance move all .doc and .docx files into the folder while a*.mp3 would move all mp3 files beginning with a into that folder.
Two options are available to copy the files into the selected folders. DropIt can be configured to add a shell extension to Windows Explorer. That's probably the easiest option, any right-click on a folder or files and the selection of Sort with DropIt will start the process.
The second option is to drag and drop folders or files on the program icon that is automatically created during installation.
The tested program version has a small bug. It is not possible to close the configuration window. Both the close button and the window X button are not working properly. Killing the application in the Windows Task Manager is the only option to close it. The changes on the other hand are saved automatically. DropIt works only if the configuration window is closed.
Users who want to give DropIt a chance can download the latest version from Sourceforge. The Open Source software is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system and available as a portable version and setup.
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