Managing large folders which contain thousands of different files in not an easy job. If you are a regular web worker and have to deal with email attachments, press reports, software downloads and other important files on a daily basis, you know how difficult it is to manage different file types kept in a single folder. An example will make the situation more clear.
I have a temporary dump folder on my desktop which contains word documents, photos, spreadsheets, PDF’s, application setups, torrents, videos and other files which I download from the Internet. Whenever I download something, the file goes straight to this folder dump, because I don’t like the idea of cluttering my desktop with random files, photos or documents. After a few weeks,when I need a specific file and I open the dump folder, guess what happens? I find there are thousands of files in a single folder and the document I need immediately is lost among several other similar documents.
If you ever come across a similar situation and want an easy way to organize different file type extensions into subfolders, here is a useful utility worth checking out.
Folder Axe is a superb folder splitter for Windows operating system which lets you split large folders into subfolders and organize same file types into a single folder. This software is ideal for organizing file types by size, date, type, name or file group. This is very handy when you are backing up important data from your computer or you want to find all the word documents stored on a specific directory, without having to stare in the computer monitor and do it manually.
Here is how the basic interface of Folder Axe looks like:
Using Folder Axe to split large folders into smaller subfolders is not a very big deal. First, select the source folder which you want to split and then select a condition for splitting. You are free to define your own filtering rules but the following conditions are currently supported by Folder Axe:
- Sort files by amount – This is useful when you want to organize 10,000 files into 100 small folders, each folder containing exactly 100 files. Folder Axe will automatically create 100 subfolders, and move all the files randomly to each folder. No file will be lost, modifie, deleted or destroyed during the organization process.
- Sort files by size – Have a really big folder containing a whole lot of files with different file sizes? Folder Axe lets you organize files into separate subfolders in such a way that smaller files are kept in one folder while larger ones are kept in a separate one. You have the right to choose which files are “small” and which files are “large”. This is a lifesaver when you are uploading files to your website or have to email a whole bunch of documents to your client. Use Folder Axe and automatically organize all the files by size.
- Sort Files by name – Want to organize all the files in alphabetical order? Folder Axe lets you move all the files with a specific name or extension to a separate subfolder, so this is ideal when you are dealing with thousands of images that begin or end with a common file name.
- Sort Files by type – This is self explanatory. Folder Axe makes it very easy to move files of the same file type into its own subfolder. So you can automatically filter word documents from a pile of PDF’s, spreadsheets and move them to a dedicated folder created by Folder Axe.
Recently, I decided to clean up my external hard drive and get rid of junk files which I have been gathering for months. After some manual cleanup, I realized that it was impossible to decide which file is important and which is junk. I have to hop from one folder to another, open each document and check whether it is important or not.
Then I thought – All right, lets first organize my entire hard drive by creating subfolders and allocate a subfolder to each file type. Which means, word documents have a special folder, PDF’s have a special folder, images and photos have another special folder and so on. After my categorization was complete, I found that most of the files that were consuming huge space on my external HD was nothing but movie files and YouTube videos. Shift + Delete!