Your files. When and where you need them.


After the succesfull instalation of zenFolders, a new icon appears on the desktop. This is the root zenFolders. It does not contain any files, just some predefined folders for some of the most common searches.

zenFolders can be browsed in Windows Explorer like any other folder. And like any other folder, they can have subfolders. Subfolders are created by right-clicking on the empty space in the list view on the right side of Windows Explorer and selecting "New Folder" option from the sub menu.

A new subfolder appears waiting to be renamed. As soon as it is given a name, it will contain files that are related to that name.

In this example, we've created a folder called "Astronomy". Following picture shows that this folder contains all sorts of files somehow related to astronomy:

Now, we don't really need to see those ".js" and ".css" files, so we right-click on any of the ".js" files and select "Hide all '.js' files" from the popup menu. We do the same operation for ".css" files and on any other file type we do not want to see.

Similar to the "Hide all '.js' files", there's a command "Show only '.pdf' files". It instructs the folder to display only ".pdf" files, or files with any other extension.

For those files we wish to see but somehow grouped together, there's the command "Move all '.jpg' files to 'jpg files' folder". This command creates a new folder "jpg files", or any other extension, and then 'moves' all files with that extension (.jpg in our case) in that folder. Note that files are not really moved. Instead, the "Astronomy" folder is instructed not to show any ".jpg" files, and the subfolder "jpg files" is set to show only ".jpg" files.

And, finally , right-clicking the folder itself and then selecting "Properties" command from the popup menu, we are presented with the folder properties dialog. Here we can manualy set the search string and a number of other options.

The search string text box accepts a search string that is passed on to Google Desktop Search. This means that it uses the exact same syntax as Google Desktop Search. You can learn more about the search string here and here (second link is for the Mac page but the operators are the same).

Currently, zenFolders display only files that exist somewhere on the file system.