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Folder Guide

CNET Editors' review

Place your favorite folder shortcuts on the right-click menu with this handy freeware utility. Folder Guide's compact button and results window interface won't take more than a minute to understand. Even the single page Help file is superfluous.

Operating this utility is a piece of cake. Simply click Add to create an alias and insert the folder path. A built-in browse function makes it easy to navigate to the folder. The alias is immediately available under the Folder Guide option on the right-click menu. With a click you can sort the aliases alphabetically, or reorder them using simple Up and Down buttons. Keeping different sets of aliases is easy with Export and Import functions. Our testers found that the program uses few resources, and the quick access to favorite folders saved them time and trouble.

While this is freeware that works very well, we did wish for the ability to set a different font for the aliases. Nevertheless, novices to expert users will find this utility a very useful timesaver.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.6 stars

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exceptionally useful, time-saving click-saver."

    July 20, 2011  |   By Pause2Reflect

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    This utility, & I have tried many, is the primary way I navigate. Works even in open & save dialog boxes. Right-click, select, and I'm THERE -- no folder-click-subfolder-so on.

    And after several years of use on 2 XP and 2 Vista system, problem-free.

    Cons

    Settings interface could be prettier (and maximize-able). But after initial setup you so rarely need to go there.

    Summary

    I enter few reviews; this utility deserves it. Get used to the method, which *doesn't take long at all*, and you'll love the instant travel between even path-divergent, well-nested folders.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ah, the next step in a fresh install."

    February 1, 2011  |   By Doctor Entropy

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Does what it says on the tin. Replace a fist full of registry hacks and more with one extension. Be lazy! Customize at will. Lives in context menus. Low overhead.

    Cons

    Apparently not built for 7/Vista.

    Um, I have to take a minute to turn off some bits I don't use or which I access differently? Not much of a con, but the Stars asked.

    Summary

    Used it for ages. Use a variety of default actions from right-click Explorer context menu, add your own, disable what you don't need. Some extensions can go wonky, but this one never caused any problems on my systems. w00t

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems Fine, But Too Obtrusive"

    September 20, 2010  |   By raywood

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Seems to do what it's supposed to do.

    Cons

    Inserts a Folder Guide entry at the very top of the File menu in Windows Explorer in XP. It's obtrusive. Users get familiar with their menus, don't want programs injecting their stuff at random.

    Summary

    I use FileBox eXtender instead.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A must have for all!"

    July 1, 2010  |   By jexpogi

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Saves me a lot of time when browsing my files, this old app is easy to figure out.

    Cons

    When I was using windows xp sp2 it disables the open option in the right click context menu of the dvd drives.

    Summary

    Well I'm amazed that it works in Windows 7. It doesn't even mess up the context menu like it used to in Windows XP. Works even better in Windows 7 with no problems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very handy and now cannot go without it"

    January 29, 2010  |   By x356x

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Getting to files quicker

    Cons

    No problems that i can think of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick access to your Folders, the Easy Way - Great Tool"

    November 25, 2009  |   By ZiffD

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    The main Pro is it saves a huge amount of time trying to find your must used and lesser used Directories.
    Probably has saved me a Light Year already!
    easy to Use! and Free.
    What more can I say " Does exactly what it says on the Tin?"

    Cons

    would like automated backup of the Folder List
    Can be done manually through menu.
    What I am really trying say is that when you add a new folder to the list I wish it would make an automated backup of the folder list in a place of users choosing.

    Summary

    1. Easy to use.
    2. Self explanatory.
    3. Does exactly what it says.
    4. Have used it for more than a year and had no problems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Neat tool, makes it easy to quickly navigate to folders"

    July 7, 2009  |   By rosshiuk

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Works great on win xp pro

    Cons

    None so far, I've been using it for a good while now

    Summary

    If you want an app that gets you to your hand picked folders quickly, then this app will suit you. Just right click your mouse when in a folder finding process; explorer, saving or opening a file etc.. Choose the location from your custom list. Its a big time saver, you no longer have to navigate click after click after click. To add a folder is easy too, right click on the folder and choose ADD...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Extremely handy, but with one problem"

    March 16, 2009  |   By NearlyNormalSteve

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Very fast and convenient way to open frequently used folders.

    Cons

    Right click context menu for CD/DVD drive in "My Computer" loses OPEN, EXPLORE
    and SEARCH options. When Folder Guide is uninstalled these reappear.
    (tried this on two different machines, both XP)

    Summary

    This is such a handy utility, I wish it didn't exhibit this behavior...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love - LOVE - Folder Guide!"

    February 10, 2009  |   By AdelheidBernstein

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    Absolutely one of the best, and more frequently used, add-ons to my system. I regularly have to save, move, copy and delete files across numerous folders and drives. This makes navigating between particular folders a breeze.

    Cons

    None! This has integrated perfectly in Win98, Win2k, WinXP, and Vista without any problems.

    Summary

    This is installed on each and every computer I work on, and it has literally saved me hours of tedious navigation from folder to folder. It's easy to configure, doesn't slow my system down at all, and is totally free. HIGHLY recommended!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great and free"

    January 24, 2009  |   By tdaso

    Version: Folder Guide 1.2

    Pros

    It works like a breeze, speeds searching

    Cons

    Doesn't have grouping capabilities

    Summary

    Overall a great little program - essential download for speed and productivity

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