Shock Bookmark is a free program that provides access to your favorite folders, files, internet bookmarks, and program shortcuts straight from the Windows explorer right click context menu. It also enables quick right-click copy and/or move operations to your bookmarked locations.
A quick and easy way to access your favorite folders, apps, and websites, Shock Bookmark allows you to install and launch these in your right click menu. Here are more notes on this program:
- The what: gives right-click access to files of any type, folders, program shortcuts, internet favorites.
- The where: works on the desktop or within Windows open/save dialogs
- Adding objects: simply right click on an object and select “Bookmark Add/Delete” in the Shock Bookmark context menu. This will immediately add the object to Shock Bookmark’s list or, if the object is already there, will prompt the program to ask if you want that object deleted. You can add shortcuts to files and folders and it will automatically find and bookmark the actual object, which is very useful.
- Organizing objects: you can create sub-folders and organize your bookmarks into them from the options screen; however only one folder level is supported (you cannot place folders inside other folders). You can change the order of your objects at will, which is cool. The program also allows for saving your configuration of folders and objects to a file (for backup purposes, presumably?).
- Copy/Move: select files and folders and right click to quickly copy them to your favorite folders (see screenshot to the right). Very cool.
- Memory consumption: was somewhat hard to determine, but I believe it is somewhere between 250K-500K in memory. Someone please correct me if I am wrong (used the wonderful System Explorer to investigate this).
Wish list (or how this program can be even better):
- Preserving file/folder icons: the version I tested does not preserve file or folder icons, and instead uses its own generic icons for folders, files, and browser favorites. These look ok but the ability to preserve and/or customize the icons used for various objects would have been better.
The verdict: I must say I really like being able to right-click to access my favorite folders and apps – a device which is quite frequently employed in alternative shell replacement software like
(e.g Emerge desktop). Shock Bookmark is very similar to another freeware title, the previously reviewed Folder Guide, except it goes a couple of steps further in that it supports files, apps, and internet bookmarks when Folder Guide is restricted to favorite folders only, and it also adds the “move/copy to folder” function as well, which I personally found very useful. Overall a very nice program.
Version Tested: 3.0
Compatibility: Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista.
Go to the program page to download the latest version (approx 590K).