Finding and saving documents and files to and from various
folders on your computer may not seem like the most time-consuming
task. But Buzz Folders Free, a nifty utility that streamlines the
file-saving and file-opening process, could save you a few seconds
of time each time you use it–seconds that could quickly add
Once installed, Buzz Folders Free adds a small box below the
open/save dialog you see when opening or saving any type of
document or file. The box has four tabs, each of which offers
access to frequently-used or favorite folders. The first tab links
to folders that you’ve recently used with the current application.
(If you’re using Microsoft Word, for example, these will be folders
where you frequently store Word docs.) The second tab links to
“stickies,” which are folders you’ve defined as your favorites for
the current application. The third tab links to “global” folders,
which are those you’ve recently accessed from any application. The
fourth tab, meanwhile, is a customizable option where you can
specify a file type and Buzz Folders will display folders where you
have recently accessed or saved a file of that type. The names
(especially “stickies” and “global”) don’t make the functions of
the tabs immediately apparent, but after using it once or twice, I
forgot about the odd monikers and was using Buzz Folders as if it
were second nature.
Describing the tabbed layout of Buzz Folders Free takes a lot
longer than actually using it. When you’re opening or saving a
document from within an app, Buzz Folders finds the folders you’d
logically want to access, rather than presenting you with useless
suggestions as many apps like Microsoft Word are wont to do. After
using Buzz Folders once or twice, I quickly learned to rely on it
when opening and saving Word documents; it learned my patterns
quickly and displayed the folders I wanted to see every time.
The only complaint I have is that Buzz Folders lacks any
centralized control mechanism; you can access it only when you
actually have the open/save dialog open. If you want to set up your
favorite folders (or “stickies”), you’ll have to do it then. It
would be easier if Buzz Folders offered a control panel where you
could adjust the settings from the start.
Buzz Folders Free isn’t going to revolutionize the way you use
your computer. But it will save you a little bit of time here and
there–as well as plenty of frustration along the way.