FlashFolder a small toolbar that docks onto the Windows’ “Open/Save” and “Browse for Folder” dialogs.

It provides a number of functions including the ability to bookmark and quickly access favorites folders as well as quick access to recently used folders.

It also offers a number of other related functions.

Another program for tweaking the Windows “Open/Save” dialog, but this one is my favorite yet. This is the kind of freeware find that I love: a tiny program that provides very useful and user friendly functions that make Windows easier to use.

Here’s a list of function:

  • Quick access to recently used folders (through a drop down menu)
  • Quick access to favorite folders: define your frequently used folders and you’re on your way. Note that this can use the directory menu from Total Commander.
  • Easy access to all folders with currently open files; not sure why I would need these, exactly, especially when most of the folders in the dropdown are system folders that are being accessed by Windows and other background processes. It would have been great to be able to suppress system folders from this dropdown in the ’program options’.
  • Adds a folder address bar to the “Open/Save” dialog. This offers the option to manually edit the folder path if you need to. At first I was inclined to think this was an entirely unnecessary but in fact it placed so efficiently in the FlashFolder dock that it quickly started to make sense to have it there.
  • Centers the dialog on the screen; enlarges it and makes it resizeable.
  • Provides a button to quickly set the *.* (All file types) filter.
  • Works with MS Office’s “Open/Save” dialog (requires Windows XP)

See screenshots to get a feeling for this (recommeded) program. [Thanks go again to reader Risk for tipping me off about this program].

Version tested: beta

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP.

Go to the Sourceforge download page to get the latest version (approx 410K). Also visit the program home page.