Sometimes you may need to monitor a directory for changes. This can be the case if it contains super-important files that no one but you should tamper with or to get information about new or modified files in a specific directory. While you may be able to monitor a folder manually if it contains a handful of files, the tasks becomes impossible for larger sets of directories and files.
Enter Directory Monitor, a free program for Windows to monitor one or multiple directories. When you start the program for the first time you will see the main interface with an option to immediately add a directory for monitoring.
You can either paste a folder path into the form at the top or use the folder browser to pick a directory for monitoring. A click on Add starts the monitoring of the selected folder. All folders added this way are monitored for new file events only.
A right-click on a folder opens the context menu with options to edit or delete the selected folder. The edit directory entry opens a new menu with options to change the events that the software monitors. Additional options include file modifications, deletions and renames. The program will monitor subdirectories by default, can record the user information that made the change or execute an application when a change is recognized.
All changes are by default displayed in the lower half of the program window. This log can be saved, copied or cleared from the Log menu at the top.
The program options and settings can be used for advanced configurations. This includes options to set global file or folder patterns that you want included or excluded. Handy if you only want to monitor document formats instead of all formats in the selected directories.
The default monitoring interval is set to 180 seconds, which means that Directory Monitor will check the selected directories in that interval for changes. It is possible to decrease or increase that interval in the settings.
Directory Monitor is a handy tool for Windows users. It could use notifications, sound or visual for example, to further assist and notify the user about changes made to directories that are monitored.
The program requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. It can be downloaded as a normal installer, web installer or portable version without installation from the developer website.
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