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medalHeadI get frustrated from time to time when I have to navigate to the same directories over and over again. I have lots of different folders for lots of different jobs and functions. So it would be awesome for me to have a link to all of them that I could bring up with a click or two. Mapped drives are OK but I still need to open My Computer and navigate to them. I found a great solution to create shortcuts, and it is called MedalFolders.

The download is a little less than 3MB and the memory footprint on this bad boy uses about 12MB of memory. Can you spare 12MB to make your life easier? I sure can!

Now let’s take a look at how it works and how it can create shortcuts and save you some time. First you need to download and install the application from the above link. You will run through the normal barrage of next, next, and a little more nexting. Finally hit finish and we can get started.

Now you will see a new icon in your system tray. It looks like this:


By clicking on the red starred folder you will bring up this menu:



We do not have any shortcuts listed just yet as we have not added them yet! So click on your only option and Open Medal Folders. That will bring you to a ultra simple interface for adding folders. To create shortcuts, all you need to do is drag a folder into the box below and it will be added to your MedalFolders. How easy is that?

This is what the interface looks like:


So open up Explorer and simply drag your folders, drive letters or mapped drives right into the application and they will be available to you at the click of a button. Once you drag your folder in, you will be asked to give it a display name or as they refer to it a Media Folder Name. Add that and hit the Add button.


Continue adding folders to your hearts content. Here are some of the ones I added.These are the drives I use the hell out of on a daily basis, But feel free to add whatever you want to the list.


Now after you finish adding your items to your interface they will appear at the click of your mouse. I hovered over the Medal Folder icon and clicked. This is what I see:


Now simply clicking on one of those links like my MUO Drive for instance opens a Windows Explorer window to that folder like so:


Once you get your folder straight you can export your settings for use on another machine. Just hit File – Export menu. On the machine you want to import to hit File – Import menu and point it to the file you exported. Easy peasy”¦


Do you have another favorite launcher or file manager? Do you have some slick tricks that help you navigate your files or folders like a champ? If so please leave a comment in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you about your tricks. Maybe one of them can even become an article on its own!


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  1. Marius
    October 22, 2009 at 2:02 am

    A note to all:

    MedalFolders 3 (beta) is going to be released within the next week or two. Please sent us an email should you want to become a beta tester. You can email me at Subject line = "MedalFolders Beta Tester"....

    The new MedalFolders 3 is going to kick some #@#.... :)
    We have include some incredible features...

    Guy and Girls, please make sure you get the latest MedalFolders 3. To be released soon...

  2. Craig
    September 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Yes, Filebox Extender is a good program but the best yet is Folder Guide - it allows you to go to any folder you include with a simple click on a specfic context menu containing all the folders that you place there (also with a simple click on those very folders or via a dialogue box, if preferred). This means that you can produce the context menu with the Folder Guide alternatives ANYwhere in an Explorer window as well as in File Open and Save dialogue boxes and in the Start Menu. Google it and you won't regret it!

  3. Sajni Ho
    September 19, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Guys! Does any1 of u see "Favorites" Menu in the Menubar. save your commonly used folders there. SIMPLE

    • Main Ki Karaan
      September 19, 2009 at 8:38 am

      O Ya! That's so cool!

  4. Walter
    September 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    MedalFolders sounds OK but after checking their website I can't see that it offers any more than, and probably offers less than, many other launchers already available. Portable program launchers like A-Suite and Portable Start Menu can still be installed on the local hard drive, can open folders as well as files, are also operated from a system tray icon and seem to offer more options to customize and access their menus than does MedalFolders.

    When it comes to quick access to folders, the open source program HawkScope is even better still. HawkScope opens with a single click on the system tray icon and displays a list of user-specified folders along with a self-populating list of all drives (both internal and external) that are currently available on the PC. Hovering the mouse over any folder or drive shows it's contents along with an open button to open it in Windows Explorer or one can continue to drill down through the folder tree by hovering the mouse over the folders in each subsequent level. Files can be opened with a single click.

    HawkScope also offers a number of options including show/hide hidden system folders/files, a user-defined blacklist to prevent specified items from displaying and a user-defined 'Open With' list that over-rides the system defaults.

  5. Badhshah
    September 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Guys, check out FILEBOX EXTENDER, which is lot better than Medalfolders.. I have been using for years...

  6. Snickers Boston
    September 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    So why dont you just drag a folder into the quick launch area (next to the start button) and its always there. you can add anything into the folder you want including files or shortcuts to other drives, files or folders. i have six or seven commonly used folders (and some shortcuts to files) in my quick launch bar at work to take me to deeply burried folders and files.

    I agree with Bob, am I missing something or is this all it does?

  7. Bob
    September 18, 2009 at 11:37 am

    How is this any better than adding shortcuts to your desktop? With the same/less effort you can right click on the file/app you need to nav to and "send to desk top. now you can access it throughout the window's app structure and you don't need another useless piece of freeware.

    Or am I missing some functionality that this thing offers over my method?

    • Karl Gechlik
      September 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

      With desktop shortcuts you need to Windows-D or minimize everything to see them this is always available.

  8. Evt
    September 18, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Does not install on Vista. Unpacking ok, but further installation fails.

    • Marius
      October 22, 2009 at 1:25 am

      You need to be logged in as Administrator and then after installation do a system restart...

      BTW: We are launching our all NEW version 3 with awesome new features within the next week or two... Watch our web for this new release...

  9. Badhshah
    September 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Filebox Extender is the best in this. The above one covers only 20% of it.

  10. Victor
    September 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

    When I went to install this app I received an Ad-Watch Live notification that it has blocked setup.exe as the process has been identified as Win32.Adware.Chiem