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Folder Scout for Windows

By Folder Scout LabsTrial versionUser Rating

Key Details of Folder Scout

  • Access instantly any file, folder, or drive on your PC.
  • Last updated on 8/30/2015
  • There have been 2 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Folder Scout promises to help users eliminate tedious, confusing searches through folder trees to locate a specific document. However, some users may find this program's structure to be a larger obstacle than the trees it aims to replace.

This program presents its interface in a puzzling fashion. The display is broken into three pieces: the top being a Root Folder Quick Jump; the middle a selection of four tabs allowing users to seek folders as a disk tree, Favorites, Recent Folders, and Recent Docs; and the bottom being reserved for a standard search feature. Each option offers a different way of finding folders. The end result was normally a list of files and subfolders attached to each. We found that the simplest way to locate items was by using the standard search function, which takes a key word or words and skims the hard drive.

Folder Scout lists folders and files as it claims, but doesn't differentiate itself from the traditional file tree enough. Most search results, no matter which of the three methods one uses, result in something that looks an awful lot like a file tree itself. On top of this, by showing the three different search methods at once, users may be confused as to whether they are used individually or in conjunction with one another.

Overall, this 30-day trial doesn't live up to its promises of making file trees obsolete. We can't recommend a program that could potentially be harder to use than the built-in Windows Explorer search tool, especially since it doesn't offer that much more in return.

What's new in version 1.3.2

Version 1.3.2 fixed issue with mobile phones connection through USB.

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Full Specifications

July 20, 2012
Latest update
August 30, 2015
Operating System
Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows NT, Windows Server, Windows 2000
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Developer's Description

Access instantly any file, folder, or drive on your PC.
Folder Scout avoids everyday tedious folder tree navigation and searches allowing you to focus on just your important tasks. Folder Scout does not degrade your system performance since it does not use any background indexing engine that generates intensive CPU load. It just catalogs your drives in a few seconds and then stay minimized consuming 0% of your CPU. While you are working, automatically tracks changes in folder tree and keeps a list of recently used folders and documents.