Smart folder is a cool feature on iOS and Android which allows easy grouping of files. Windows lacks this feature. Just like any other short coming on Windows there exists an App which tries to mimic this functionality. Honestly, it is pretty successful in doing so!
Smart Folder for Windows has been developed by Addictive Tips who have developed some very useful apps in the past like the UndoClose app for Windows.
A bit of jargon buster
Smart folders was actually introduced on computers in Mac OS X 10.4. On the Mac, Smart Folders refers to live updated folders which contains the content of your choice or in the most naive sense you can compare it to saved searches in Windows ( which was Microsoft’s answer in Vista). While when it comes to iOS and Android, the term just refers to the creation of a new folder when you drag files or shortcut icons on top of another file / shortcut icon.
Download: Smart Folders for Windows
Installation and usage
The installation and usage of app is extremely simple and intuitive, believe me it doesn’t get simpler! Just download the file , run it and click install. No clicking next and twiddling your fingers.
Note that the taskbar will restart once you install the app.
If you want to uninstall the app, just run the downloaded file again and click uninstall.
Smart Folders works well on Windows XP , Vista and 7 with either 32 or 64 bit architecture.
To use it once installed, just drag and drop one or more files over any file of the same format and there you go.
You will be greeted with the Smart Folders dialog box just as shown below to name your folder. As easy and intuitive as that.
Please note that unlike the default explorer move, you cant undo moving of files to smart folders
Smart folder by default supports a variety of file formats, but chances are high that it doesn’t recognize some particular file formats you want. In that case just launch Smart Folders, type in your required extension and click register. But remember that if you uninstall the app, you will lose all your registered file extensions saved in Smart Folders.
Some of you might point fingers at using Ctrl+Shift+N shortcut instead of using Smart Folders, but Smart Folders is targeted for the more common mouse oriented users and in this area it beats the normal Windows method hands down.
Overall a must have application for Windows considering its ease of use, utility and footprint which is non existent. Stay tuned for more updates!