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Include "folder tracking" in Explorer.

Submitted by hoopla_punta on November 2, 2008 to Usability

Again this is a suggestion.

This feature would highlight changes made to folders (like when you download new files to your download folder, or new files in your shared libraries)

This will also provide "news" like from Live Mesh on what changes are made.
so you will get, <User> copied/moved/pasted/downloaded/saved/deleted <file string> from <file location> to <new file location> on <time/date>. This is extremely useful.

Users also can get Explorer to notify or orange-highlight changes in tracked folders.



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Discussion (16 comments)

sibbl wrote on November 2, 2008, 5:07pm

Really nice idea! Like that

NIXin wrote on November 2, 2008, 5:55pm

Nice one!

.Chris wrote on November 3, 2008, 12:34am

Great idea. They can also have a live mesh plug in and such..

angus wrote on November 3, 2008, 1:33am

Something like TortoiseSVN do. It would be great!

hoopla_punta wrote on November 3, 2008, 2:54am

Changed problem description.

DavidTaraso wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:35am

That's a brilliant idea! I have no idea how many times I've moved a file somewhere and completely forgotten where... most of the time it's to a USB drive, just that I can't remember which one (you can never have too many USB drives!)

.Chris wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:42am

I know. I have 4 sony USB flash drives. 1GB, 2GB, 4Gb and 8GB. All filled with tons of information, not to menton almost 10 CDs. I'm tring to slowly transfer all my CD content to my flash drives but I have a lot... may need to get some more flash drives.

Dony trust online services to store things as someone could hack in there and get my stuff or if the service shuts down....

adondai wrote on November 3, 2008, 8:31am

great idea!

GRiNSER wrote on November 3, 2008, 5:51pm

Color Labeling like in OS X would also be useful in many cases when you want to get a better (and customized) distinction between different files...

mdta wrote on November 3, 2008, 7:13pm

Some kind of labeling for new or modified files/folders in the explorer views is a nice one, with the option for grouping and sorting by a "changed" field. Also some small app to keep a diary of what has been changed, opened, downloaded, or created in a day, which can be reviewed by administrators or the user themselves. It would be a lot friendlier than searching by a modifyed or created date, especially if they are flagged with a "created" "modifyed" "downloaded" "opened" label.

Arayta wrote on November 3, 2008, 9:25pm

This is something that I have thought about too! There should also be some kind of meta data attached to each file and it's shortcuts. For example, if I create a shortcut to a file or folder, then decide to move that file or folder, then the shortcut should be changed accordingly. Or, if the file or folder is deleted, then the shrtcut should also be deleted. Perhaps maybe instead of meta data it could be worked into the registry. I don't know, but that would be a very useful feature! No more [File Not Found] errors when you click on outdated shortcuts!

larsendaniel wrote on November 6, 2008, 10:01pm

this would be hard to get just right. but if done right? WOOT!

brian.shapiro wrote on December 18, 2008, 3:51am

It would be cool if folder tracking would be smart to if an application did the changes or the user. Then you could filter by application name to see what files were downloaded by say, Firefox.

Plus, I would really like what mdta said about flagging files---and if certain types of flagging could be done automatically, like all files created by Firefox or IE or Safari or Opera in your Library folders would be flagged 'downloaded', until you open them or clear the flag.

nyp wrote on March 14, 2009, 6:58am

You can monitor files, registry and more with Process Monitor:

But a built-in and more user-friendly interface would be helpful.

xpclient wrote on August 27, 2010, 9:25pm

They are moving in the opposite direction. You can't track files downloaded in a single folder like downloads too because they get auto sorted or auto arranged. If tracking through Explorer, auto sorting and auto arrange is the first thing that would need to be turned off for folder tracking. Vista/7 provide no way to do this currently.

BMN wrote on April 22, 2011, 8:48am

oh yes! +1 to the flagging by application type--especially url, would love to remeber where i downloaded from certain images, music etc. would save heck load of folder hierarchy =DD
i also typically sort the them into 'group/sotrt by date last modifiedcreated. but when the file itself already has a 'set' tag..argh DX
this and almost everything said above(i dunno livemesh) would be so.. lifesaver!

xpclient wrote on September 21, 2011, 6:43pm

Back in the XP days, tracking a folder for files being written, newly created was easy as the files appeared at the end of the list. In Vista and 7, they automatically sorted so it's impossible to track them.

You can show your support for disabling auto sort/refresh and auto arrange in Explorer for Windows 8 by posting here:

Comment edited on May 29, 2012, 2:37pm

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