FolderChangesView v1.63 - Monitor files changes on Windows
Copyright (c) 2012 - 2014 Nir Sofer

See Also

  • ProcessActivityView - Shows the files accessed by the selected process.
  • NK2Edit - Edit, merge and fix the AutoComplete files (.NK2) of Microsoft Outlook.

Description

FolderChangesView is a simple tool that monitors the folder or disk drive that you choose and lists every filename that is being modified, created, or deleted while the folder is being monitored.
You can use FolderChangesView with any local disk drive or with a remote network share, as long as you have read permission to the selected folder.

System Requirements

  • This utility works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.

Versions History

  • Version 1.63:
    • Added 'File Properties' option, which displays the file properties window of Windows Explorer.
  • Version 1.62:
    • Added 'Explorer Copy' option (Ctrl+E), which allows you to copy one or more files and then paste them into opened folder in Windows Explorer.
    • Folders are now displayed with a folder icon.
  • Version 1.61:
    • Added 'Clear Recent Files List' option to the 'Open Recent Configuration' menu.
  • Version 1.60:
    • Added 'Keep last size/time information of deleted files' option.
    • Added option to display only files with the specified size range.
    • Added 'Sort On Every Update' option.
  • Version 1.55:
    • You can now start monitoring folders with the last 5 configurations you saved, directly from the tray menu.
    • Added 'Show Choose Folder Window On Start' option. You can turn it off if you don't want that the 'Choose Folder' window will appear when you start FolderChangesView.
  • Version 1.50:
    • Added new columns: 'File Size', 'Modified Time', and 'Created Time', which displays the current date/time and size of the specified file.
    • Added 'Open Recent Configuration' menu, which allows you to easily load the last 10 configurations you previously saved.
    • Added /cfg command-line option, which instructs FolderChangesView to use a config file in another location instead if the default config file, for example:
      FolderChangesView.exe /cfg "%AppData%\FolderChangesView.cfg"
  • Version 1.40:
    • Added option to save and load the entire configuration of FolderChangesView ('Save Configuration' and 'Load Configuration' under the File menu).
  • Version 1.35:
    • Added option to show only files that match to the specified wildcards. (For example: *.html, *.xml)
  • Version 1.30:
    • You can now specify one or more folders (in comma-delimited list) to exclude. Wildcards are also allowed. For example: in order to exclude all files under C:\Program Files and its subfolders, you should specify: C:\Program Files*
  • Version 1.26:
    • You can now specify environment variables (For example: %appdata%) in the folder path to monitor.
    • Fixed bug: When specifying wrong folder, FolderChangesView entered into monitor mode without allowing you to stop it.
  • Version 1.25:
    • Added 'Automatically Scroll Down On New Items' option.
  • Version 1.22:
    • Fixed the flickering problem on Windows 7.
  • Version 1.21:
    • Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to make it easier to read a single line.
    • Added 'Auto Size Columns+Headers' option, which allows you to automatically resize the columns according to the row values and column headers.
  • Version 1.20:
    • Added 'File Owner' column, which displays the owner of the specified file.
  • Version 1.16:
    • Fixed issue: The properties and the 'Choose Folder' windows opened in the wrong monitor, on multi-monitors system.
  • Version 1.15:
    • Added 'Put Icon On Tray' option.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added new command-line options: /Start , /BaseFolder , and /MonitorSubfolders
    • The 'Choose Folder' options are now saved in the .cfg file.
  • Version 1.05:
    • Added 'Open Folder In Explorer' option.
    • Added 'Clear All Items' option, to clear all items without stopping and then starting again.
    • Fixed bug: The extension column displayed incorrect string for files located inside folders with a dot character.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Start Using FolderChangesView

FolderChangesView doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - FolderChangesView.exe

After you run FolderChangesView, you have to choose the desired folder that you want to monitor and then press the 'Ok' button. If you choose a root folder (For example c:\ ) and the 'Monitor all subfolders under the specified folder' option is turned on, FolderChangesView will monitor the changes of the entire drive.

After pressing the 'Ok' button, FolderChangesView starts to monitor the selected folder and displays all changes detected under this folder. The counter columns (Modified Count, Created Count, and Deleted Count) mention the type of change detected for every filename. For example, if a filename has a value of 10 for both 'Created Count' and 'Deleted Count', it means that the file has been deleted and created again 10 times.

Command-Line Options

/Start Start monitoring the folder immediately, without displaying the 'Select Folder' dialog-box.
/BaseFolder <Folder> Specifies the folder to monitor.
/MonitorSubfolders <0 | 1> Specifies whether to monitor all subfolders. 0 = No, 1 = Yes.
/cfg <Filename> Start FolderChangesView with the specified configuration file. For example:
FolderChangesView.exe /cfg "c:\config\FolderChangesView.cfg"
FolderChangesView.exe /cfg "%AppData%\FolderChangesView.cfg"

Examples:
FolderChangesView.exe /Start /BaseFolder "C:\" /MonitorSubfolders 1
FolderChangesView.exe /Start /BaseFolder "C:\Program Files"

Translating FolderChangesView to other languages

In order to translate FolderChangesView to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run FolderChangesView with /savelangfile parameter:
    FolderChangesView.exe /savelangfile
    A file named FolderChangesView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of FolderChangesView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run FolderChangesView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run FolderChangesView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

Disclaimer

The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Feedback

If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com
Download FolderChangesView

FolderChangesView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of FolderChangesView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'folderchangesview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed FolderChangesView utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
ArabicAbo Rehaam 09/12/20131.60
Brazilian Portuguese SoftDownload 20/06/20121.00
Brazilian PortuguesePaulo Guzmán 14/07/20121.05
Czech Buchtič 23/07/20121.05
CzechShar 10/04/20141.62
DutchJan Verheijen 20/04/20141.63
French Papoo 29/12/20131.61
German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de 19/04/20141.63
Greek geogeo.gr 24/03/20141.62
Italian Italiano by Gaid 21/06/20121.00
PolishHightower 20/04/20141.63
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 26/12/20131.61
RussianKoNDoR && Dm.Yerokhin 17/04/20141.63
RussianKopBuH 19/10/20121.20
Simplified ChineseAW 06/09/20121.15
Simplified Chineseqzwqzw 16/09/20121.15
Spanish CX2SA 22/06/20121.00
Traditional Chinese ¤¦·¬(¦ä¤Gąq®đ¶E©Ň) 01/11/20131.55
Turkish Hosting Rehberi 20/06/20121.00