A Really Easy Way To Jump To Folders


Direct FoldersIt's hard to believe that in the early days of MS-DOS, before Windows was even thought of, there was no support for folders or directories on a disk. Every file was at the same level of the hierarchy, because there was no hierarchy!

Folders today allow you to organise your files very specifically, but navigating that folder structure can be tricky. Which is where a really neat utility called Direct Folders can help. Double-click on your desktop, or press the centre mouse button, and up pops a bookmarks menu which lets you navigate directly to any folder that you have added to the list.

It works on all recent versions of Windows, including 10, and is free for non-commercial use. It's a 3.6 MB download from http://www.codesector.com/directfolders and is malware-free according to VirusTotal. The download site is also rated as reputable by Web of Trust.

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Personally, I am using Listary instead.

It's quite good at just the same that is being described AND offers a ton of other twists & tweaks on top of that.
It's free for personal use: http://www.listary.com/

You might give that one a try, too.

And what is wrong with just typing the name of the folder you want in the Windows 10 search window? Works like a charm to find any folder just by putting in the a few letters of the folder's name. Duh!

Maybe I am missing something but a quick look seems to just bring up nothing more that Explorer and the Quick Access menu which I have used since the inception with W7 if I recall correctly. I have Free Commander XE but have not spent time learning it but should. I have almost all the time close to half a dozen Explorer windows on the TB which allows me quick access to things I might be working on at some specific time. Things I might use frequently, I simply pin to the QA and then can drag/drop between panes when moving or copying files.

It's a Geek Off!

I just use the "pin" function to put special folders readily available. The PIN works just like it does with many of Microsoft Office and also several browsers. Right click on "File Explorer", in this example, and select the folder.

Anyone remember the CP/M?
According to Wikipedia: "(Control Program / Monitor), microcomputer operating system; a precursor to the IBM PC-compatible disk operating systems (DOS)."
It had commands like COPY A:FILE.TXT B: (B: the second floppy drive!)
It could be used on many different types of computers before the DOS arrived but many of the commands were the same.

Why not use the favorites/quick access feature built into explorer, visible in the top left of the screenshot?...

still no support for being able to have tooltip comments for each folder and file!

How can everyone overlook TRS-DOS as used on the TRS-80 (affectionately known as the Trash-80) from Tandy Radio Shack?

Aside from that, unless the article has been edited since the first post by Burn-IT, at least by the time I saw it, the reference was to "the early days of MS-DOS", also known as PC-DOS when purchased from IBM, not merely "DOS".

DOS was around before PCs
I was using it on "mainframes" before th PC was invented.

DOS as an acronym for Disk Operating System is a very common name for many different computer operating systems that have not much in common except their name. While MS-DOS and PC-DOS are often shortened to DOS, they are no relation to any of the following operating systems (OS) - all of which I used in the 1980s.

  • Mainframe OS like IBM DOS (DOS/360).
  • Minicomputer OS like DEC DOS and Datapoint DOS.
  • Microcomputer OS  including Apple DOS, CBM (Commodore) DOS, Cromenco DOS, Ohio Scientific Pico DOS, and Atari DOS.  


DOS was around before PCs was one of the points I was trying to make.
I was using DOS on "mainframe" machines well before PCs were available.

Great utility Rob.
I have used this program for the last 7 years, and it is indispensable
Always has ranked in the top 5 freeware utilities on my computers

If you have a lot of data, with lots of file and folders, these programs are great for navigation
For example, when you are downloading files, and you are using the "Save as..." dialog box

An alternative is 'Listary', which is also found on reputable freeware sites

[i]It's hard to believe that in the early days of MS-DOS, before Windows was even thought of, there was no support for folders or directories on a disk. [/i]Are you sure???
I am fairly certain that directories and folders were around before Windows.
a) there is a limit of 256 entries in root.
b) products such as Xtree were around before Windows.
c) why would DOS limit it on PCs when the concept had been around for years under DOS on other machines.

There wasn't that many files (or even clusters) that would fit on a floppy-disk which was the standard storage device for such microcomputers. The floppy-disk provided relatively random data access and was a step up from sequential access devices like cassette tape drives and stringy floppy drives.

A tree/hierarchical file system was only needed once there were larger storage devices like hard disks.

Yes Burn-IT they were around before Windows. I think the editor refers to MS-DOS 1.0, a renamed version of QDOS in 1981, which did not support a hierarchical file system. It was only added to MS-DOS 2.0 in 1983. (Ref: MS-DOS: A Brief Introduction; The MS-DOS File System)
According to Wikipedia, the first release of XTree was in 1985, i.e. after MS-DOS had supported the hierarchical file system.