Smart Folders, An Easier Way To Move Files and Create Folders

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 4, 2012
Updated • Aug 7, 2018
Software, Windows software

Creating new folders has never been easier than in Windows 7. Just use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-n to create a new folder. It is automatically selected to let you change the name of the folder to a more descriptive one.

It still takes multiple actions to copy files to that new folder, and while you could use a program like MyFolders to quickly move or copy files to selected folders, the action would still require multiple steps to complete.

Smart Folders

Smart Folders is a free program for the Windows operating system that combines folder generation and file moving in one step.

When you start the program for the first time you need to click on the install button to register its functionality in Windows Explorer. Please note that you can only use it in Windows Explorer and not in third party file managers that you may have installed as well.

The basic idea is simple: Drag and drop files onto each other to spawn a new folder creation prompt. Enter the desired name for the new folder to complete the action.

This works only with files that you drag on top of each other, and not with folders.

The program is by default compatible with all file extensions. You can limit that functionality in the program settings by registering only select file extensions. This did not work properly during tests though.

You can unregister the program functionality at any time with a click on the uninstall button in the program interface.


Smart Folders is a handy tool for users who often need to create new folders to move files into them. It is especially useful to move different file types quickly into different new folders. Whether that is enough to warrant its installation on the system is up to each individual user.

It may depend on the frequency of the operation; if you need to create new folders and move folders to it just occasionally, you may not require use of an extra program for that. If you do so regularly, you may benefit from Smart Folders or comparable applications.

Drop It is an alternative for that specific purpose. It can be used to sort files based on patterns into destination folders. A pattern can be a file extension for instance.

You can download Smart Folders from the Addictive Tips website.

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  1. Angel Figueredo said on November 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Good Info. Thank

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