Folderico

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[Note: this review was written by my friend Mohammed Raei from Amman, Jordan; see his personal blog here – The Freewaregenius]

Folderico is a nice little program that allows you to change the color and individual icons of folders right from the context menu.

This is a versatile program and can be used in so many ways. For example you might denote all of your work folders with a red color to visually differentiate them from other folders, or you could change the icon of your downloads folder from a simple plain folder to one that, say, has a big green arrow on it.

This program is very similar to another program previously featured on Freewaregenius called Foldermarker. There are a number of differences between them which I will point out.

Here is what I like about this program:

  • Allows the change of a folder’s icon straight from the context menu (right mouse click).
  • Comes with multiple built-in themes that contain custom folder icons on various subjects (e.g. music, video, Linux, etc). A theme is the collection of icons that are automatically presented as options when you right-click on a folder; you can switch across a number of built in themes or load your own.
  • A nice feature is that it can load icon libraries (.ICL) and install these as custom ’themes’ (Foldermarker, on the other hand, allows you to load up custom icons individually). You can use BeCyIconGrabber to create .ICL files from other icon resources including .ICO or .DLL files. (Or use ICL Builder, a program by Folderico’s creators).
  • Unlike manually changing a folder’s icons or changing it using Foldermarker, Folderico stores the folder’s new icon within the folder itself. In other words, if you change a folder’s icon on a flash drive and transfer it to another computer it will show the new icon, while another folder changed manually or using Foldermarker will display the default windows folder icon. (This is also true for network drives for example).
  • Tooltips: a not-so-obvious function is that you can use Folderico to display whatever string you want as a tooltip that will show whenever you hover over the folder with the mouse.

Ways in which it could be improved:

  • Unlike Foldermarker, Folderico does not support changing the icons of a group of folders simultaneously. So, for example, if you wanted to denote all your work folders using a red color you would have to change the color for each one of these individually.

This is a convenient and easy to use program that does the job really well. It is easy to use and I especially like the fact that changed folders with Folderico retain the new icons when transferred to other computers. I highly recommend it.

Version tested: 3.7.2

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP.

Go to the program home page to get the latest version (approx 1.3 megs).

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