Folder Marker Free

by JL Beeken on 9-13-2010

Folder Marker Free, all you organization-crazed genealogists!

No backup option in the free version but fun in the meantime. After installation, ignore the screen for the ‘updated version’.

Compatible with: Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista or Windows 7. x32 or x64 editions

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Miriam Robbins Midkiff 9-13-2010 at 6:20 PM

JL,

I’ve been using Folder Marker for some time now to mark my genealogy files. Blue for my dad’s lines, red for Mom’s, green for my father-in-law’s, yellow for my mother-in-law’s, purple for my paternal grandmother’s adoptive ancestors; orange for my maternal step-grandfather’s line, black for location folders (Washington State; Kent County, Michigan, etc.), grey for my siblings-in-law’s lines, white for general info and my genealogy society. These match the colored hard copy folders I have in my filing cabinet.

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JL 9-13-2010 at 6:44 PM

So, you’ve just been holding out on us, or what?

I don’t use color-coding for my genealogy files because it seems like way too much work to me, but I’ve heard of it which is what brought me to wondering why operating systems in general don’t put a color palette in the right-click menu. Now that I have folder color options I’ll have to think of some use for them. Also, in the free version, you can add up to 10 of your own icons.

Having been working with the dearth of choices in XP, I’ve come up with my own filing systems so even the library option in Windows 7 (coming to my door soon) is now overkill.

One issue with Folder Marker is the lack of backups (as far as I can tell). Copying a new folder to a flash-drive carried the color with it, but not for already established folders. How do you handle this?

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JL 9-15-2010 at 12:47 PM

The backup option only works on the Home ($24.95) but mostly Pro ($34.95) versions. There’s an option button called “Make customized folder distributable”.
Compare Editions.

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