Do you find yourself often clicking through the folders to access a file/folder buried deep inside a directory tree? If you are a developer or a designer or have like to organize your files neatly into folders then you know what I am talking about, yes I mean going to C drive then Program Files then Java then JDKxxx then lib or perhaps C drive then XAMPP then HTDOCS or your deeply buried Movies folder or anything you get the point. Well if you want fast access to a folder than I present 3 ways to do them:
- Place a shortcut on the desktop
- Add the folder to My Computer for easy access
- Access the folder via Drive letter (Create a Virtual Drive)
Lets quickly run over each of these. Placing a shortcut to the folder is the easiest and the most intuitive, but not the most useful specially if you like to keep the desktop clean like me, because it quickly clutters up once you start placing icons on the desktop, more over you don’t get easy access to the folders in the File dialogs and command line via this method
Add Folder to My Computer
The next option is that you can Add the folder to My Computer, by this I mean that you have ready access to the folder along with all the drives(partitions) directly from My Computer. There is a complicated registry hack for this or you can do it the easy way with Folder2MyPC. Folder2MyPC allows you to choose a folder, a label, tooltip and Icon that you want to assign to the folder, click Create and refresh, there is your folder inside My Computer, You can also add applications to My Computer with the same application and Show/Hide other system folders. These folders will also be available for ready access from any file dialog under My Computer.
Assing Drive letters to Folder (Virtual Drive)
The last option is to create a virtual drive pointing to the folder so that you can access it readily with one click. This is done with the susbt command, but using subst can be cumbersome for many and moreover the settings are lost when you restart (although there is a workaround to this). However a better solution exists, its called Visual Subst, its nothing but a GUI front end the subst command, using Visual Subst you can choose folders and then assign drive letters to them, what’s more it saves your setting so that they are not lost when you restart!
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So which one is better? All have their own pros and cons, assigning a drive letter gives you easy access via command line as well where as Adding to my computer allows more customization, adding shortcut to desktop or taskbar is the most straight forward. So I leave the choice up to you.. Can you think of other pros and cons or some other methods? Let me know in comments