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Review: Change folder icons and colors with Folder Marker Pro

Lots of productivity tools promise to help you look after your folders, but few go as far as Folder Marker Pro, or in such a basic yet effective way. Folder Marker Pro lets you change any folder's icon or color to indicate its contents, priority, hierarchy, or even loyalty (team colors, anyone?). Color-coding looks great and works great, too. It's much easier to learn than any other "personal organizer" or folder manager, because it's your own scheme.

Such a basic and intuitive idea deserves a basic and intuitive interface, and Folder Marker Pro follows through … Read more

How to hide a folder within a folder on iOS 7

Hiding preloaded apps on an iOS device has always consisted of creating a "junk" folder, placing all unused apps in it, and hiding it on the last home screen. Up until iOS 7, placing apps such as Newsstand in a folder wasn't even possible.

For the time being, there's a bug in iOS 7 that allows you to place a folder inside another folder, as originally pointed out by TUAW.

The trick to creating nested folders is all in the timing. That may sound familiar, as it's a similar workaround to a previous bug that … Read more

How to move a home folder in OS X

By default, the home folder for your OS X account will be located in the Users directory on your system's boot drive. You can, however, move this folder to a new location, such as to an external or secondary hard drive for better storage management, or even to a hidden folder on the system to keep your home directory more private.

To do this, you will need to perform two tasks: first move or copy the home folder itself to the desired location, and then update your account's directory entry to point to the new location. This can … Read more

Review: Create a matching version of a folder using SyncTwoFolders for Mac

SyncTwoFolders for Mac creates an identical copy of a folder for other uses. Its interface is easy to use and its tutorial breaks it down well enough for even the most inexperienced users to get right to work.

After its initial startup, SyncTwoFolders for Mac brings up a window with basic instructions and a warning to use caution to prevent the loss of data. It also explains the simulation function, allowing the user to double-check the output before initiating the program. The actual program includes a simple menu with a button to select the source and target folder using a … Read more

Samsung at work on dual-screen 'Galaxy Folder' -- report

Samsung is working on what appears to be a hybrid between a flip phone and smartphone.

Japanese tech site RBMen on Thursday discovered a manual (PDF) on Samsung's Web site showcasing a device it's calling the "Galaxy Folder." The device looks like a standard flip phone from the front, but actually comes with a dual-sided touch screen, allowing for control on both sides of the handset.

If the manual is to be believed, the Galaxy Folder comes with at least one 3.7-inch AMOLED display boasting 800x400 resolution. It's also running the dual-core Snapdragon 400 … Read more

How to open multiple Finder windows at the same location

When using the Finder in OS X, sometimes you may want to have multiple views of the same folder open at once. Usually it's quick to create a new Finder window and navigate to the folder; however, this may be inconvenient if the folder is buried deep in the filesystem, such as may be the case when troubleshooting a problem or two with the system, retrieving a backed-up file, or organizing an extensive tree of work files.

If you need a faster approach, there are several, some of which use the Finder and its capabilities, and others that involve … Read more

Review: Wise Folder Hider Portable helps you protect important files and folders

The small Wise Folder Hider Portable allows you to choose folders, entire USB drives, or individual folders to hide. This is an excellent little program if you need to keep information on your computer away from prying eyes.

This portable program allows you to hide information in two different ways. You can drag your folders or files and drop them into the program window. They will immediately show in the window with their full paths. You can also choose one of the buttons "Hide File," "Hide Folder," or "Hide USB Drive," and a search … Read more

Review: Secure folders easily through encryption with Espionage

Espionage for Mac adds basic security to file folders in a streamlined application. The program comes with a free trial version with a 14-day use limit.

After an easy installation, Espionage for Mac opens a setup assistant that prompts the user to enter a master password. The application rates it for its level of security, and encourages the user to enter those that have additional characters. After passing this screen, the program asks the user to enter the password one additional time to start the application. This brings up a small window where the user can drag and drop folders … Read more

Dear Microsoft: Add folders to the Windows 8 Start screen

Microsoft has a host of changes in store for Windows 8.1, including a nod in the direction of a Start button that the company is referring to as a Start "tip." But one feature I think would prove more useful would be a simple folder option for the Start screen.

As you install more apps in Windows 8, the OS keeps populating your Start screen with more and more tiles. The more apps you install, the more cluttered and crowded your Start screen becomes. Anyone who installs several dozen or more apps can easily find themselves having … Read more

Review: Folder Downloader for Dropbox just gets the job done

Folder Downloader for Dropbox does exactly what you'd think it would, but lacks all of the style and form of Dropbox's own app. However, if you need an app like this, you'll love it.

In case you couldn't guess from the name, this app does require access to your Dropbox account to work. Giving it the right permissions only takes a few seconds, though. How fast the app actually does its business depends heavily on your connection. Folder Downloader for Dropbox borrows heavily from Dropbox's own layout, but inverts it so there is a lot … Read more