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Posted on 2016-08-19
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Hello,

I have a user who has a heck of time with moving files into their correct locations.

She manages over 300 folders and inside those folders are other folders that correspond to specific groups

Our problem is certain folders end up in other folders and due to auditing this can not happen.

  So my question is this.....does a program exist that lays out file directory structure is an easy and clear view that she can glance at once or twice a day and go , Oh look that folder shouldn't be there.
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Is this for Outlook or Windows Explorer?
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by:Obaid ur Rehman
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Assuming a file explorer for Windows. Total commander is a very nice file explorer.
Here's the link:
http://www.ghisler.com
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oh shoot im sorry this is for Windows Explorer
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> ...problem is certain folders end up in other folders

How do those folders end up there? Does she put them there?

> does a program exist that lays out file directory structure is an easy and clear view that she can glance at once or twice a day and go , Oh look that folder shouldn't be there

Can't she just use Windows Explorer with shortcuts to certain folders?
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Windows Explorer is already a graphical tool for managing files and folders, so we're not sure what you are asking for.

The Total Commander tool recommended by @Obaid has a feature that many 3rd-party file managers have: dual folder panes. When you can see two folders, it is much more intuitive to drag a file (or folder) from one folder (or pane) to another folder (pane).
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I use "Beyond Compare" by Scooter Software ($30 per standard user licence):
http://www.scootersoftware.com/
As well as comparing individual files it allows you to compare directories.

If I was simply looking for misplaced sub-folders that had been accidentally moved, I would probably just run a DIR command, output the results to text file, and compare it to the previously saved one.

DIR /ON /AD /B /S "C:\Top_Level_Directory">C:\Path_To\New_Structure.txt

TREE /A /F "C:\Top_Level_Directory">C:\Path_To\New_Structure.txt"

You could use the %DATE% and %TIME% variables in a batch file to formulate part of the listing's file name each time to avoid duplicates, and you could automate the process several times a day as a scheduled task if you really wanted to.

Simpler and free file comparison software programs would make easy work of comparing two text-based files side by side, or you could even use the FC command to show differences.
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thank you this program works well
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Thank you Trevor
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