File management

Duplicate file finder

Do you end up with a lot of duplicate files cluttering your hard drive? If you have a multi-terabyte monster, it may not matter much. But many people have SSDs or laptops with small partitions and space still counts. I have received an inquiry from Tony, who asks, “Is there a duplicate file finder that […]

The PDF lives on

The PDF format for documents has been around a long time. In spite of the criticism it has gotten over the years, it continues to be a very popular format for documents on the web. Because it doesn’t need Windows or any other Microsoft product, Microsoft has tried to kill off PDF with its own […]

Open file and folder properties sheets from the keyboard

Some of the most common file or folder operations involve the properties sheet. It is usual to access this dialog box by right-clicking on the file or folder and then selecting “Properties” from the context menu. Another way that may be faster is to hold down the “Alt” key and double-click the file or folder. […]

Software for less common archive and compression file formats

Although ZIP files are the most common form for archiving or compressing files, there are many other types of file compression that you might encounter. Windows has a native ZIP feature but it does not understand formats like RAR, TAR, or GZIP. If you download one of these or one of the many other archive […]

Free online file storage from Google

Want some free space online to place files so they are accessible from anywhere? Google has announced an expansion of its file storage at Google Docs: We’re happy to announce that over the next few weeks we will be rolling out the ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs. […]

Give a suspicious file the real once-over

Got a file you want to check out? Really check out? How about scanning it with 41 different anti-virus programs? That’s what Virus Total Uploader will do. Lifehacker gives some details: VirusTotal Uploader automatically uploads any file to online virus scanner VirusTotal, scanning it for viruses with 41 different popular antivirus applications—and now it’s even […]

Synchronizing folders between different computers or drives

Many of us use more than one computer. Very often it is desirable to keep the files in certain folders synchronized so that they are the same on different locations. I have previously mentioned the free Microsoft utility called SyncToy. However, I find it extremely slow and I abandoned it after a few tries. For […]