Frequent use of your PC often results in duplicate and misplaced files. Thankfully, there are programs out there that offer a side-by-side view so you can manage the contents of your folders. Compare Folders (Java) is just such a program, and even goes a step further by generating checksum files for unavailable files.
Compare Folders (Java)'s user interface is pretty plain, but it serves the purpose of the program. A drop-down menu at the top of the window gives you the options to compare folders, create a checksum, find duplicates, and update a checksum file. Another drop-down menu lets you choose what information you want to display. There are also options for changing the size and font of the text for a better view. From there, you simply browse for the two folders you wish to compare and click the Start button. We first opted to compare folders and quickly browsed for, and selected, two folders for comparison. The program instantly returned a summary stating that it found "one difference and zero identical files"--a little vague, but we got the point. On our second test, we selected the two folders that we knew were exactly the same. We also selected the "show identical" option. Sure enough, the program returned with a list of all the identical files found in the folders. An adequate Help file is available as a Word document bundled in the same ZIP file as the program itself. Overall, we found Compare Folders (Java) a very basic, but functional, program for staying on top of duplicate files.
Compare Folders (Java) runs as an executable, so no installation is needed, although it does include the Java *.class files need to install the program on your hard drive. We recommend it for all users.