Your My Computer window may have lots of whitespace if you only have a few hard drives and optical drives connected to your PC. The idea to use this space to display links to favorite folders or programs is not new, but it has never been added natively by Microsoft.
My Computer Manager is a free portable program for Windows that can be used to add files or folders to the My Computer display in Windows Explorer. When you start the program for the first time you see a minimalistic interface with options to add folders or files in a simple or advanced mode to My Computer or the Control Panel.
Simple mode comes without the customizations of the advanced mode. You basically pick a folder or file which is then added automatically to the selected location. You repeat the selection for every file or folder that you want displayed under My Computer or the Control Panel.
The advanced selection mode offers more customizations. You can select a custom name, the path and icons, as well as arguments if you want to add a file to the location.
All files and folders that have been added this way are displayed in the main program interface. Here they can be removed again if they are no longer needed.
Please note that there are no sorting options available in the program as items are sorted automatically in Windows Explorer.
You can use My Computer Manager to add favorite folders and programs to the My Computer dialog for fast access. The process is identical for adding folders or files to the Control Panel.
My Computer Manager is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Users can download the portable program from the developer website.
Update: The developer site is returning 404 not found errors. We have located the My Computer Manager download over at Freeware files. You can download the latest program version from there instead. Keep in mind though that it may be that the author has abandoned the program, or at least put it on ice for the time being, meaning you won't receive updates any time soon - if at all.
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