How can I organize a MASSIVE messy folder?

By childofthetao ยท 4 replies
Mar 30, 2015
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  1. Hi, I have a gargantuan wallpaper folder that I download wallpaper packs into every day. I've done this for years and that folder is... imposing to say the least.

    The problem is it's not sorted. The packs inside it are either a folder or an archive. I would like a program (PLEASE tell me one exists) that will for example move all folders and archives in the root of this folder to a new folder simply based on a keyword found within the title of said folder and archive, eg if it has "nature" in its file name put it in a folder called nature etc.

    This would be an easy way to sort out that hell hole.

    Please tell me a program like exists! Or does anyone know of another way to sort it?

    I don't just have "nature" wallpapers there are several category folders I want to create, mixed, dreamy, anime, etc
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,175   +989

    Brute force:
    create a list and then move them manually

    get a command prompt
    CD to the Wallpaper directory

    DIR /B >_file_names.txt
    @@ list is naturally sorted by name

    open it: Notepad _file_names.txt

    get another command prompt, place it beside the first
    cd to the Wallpaper directory

    COPY a line from list in window one
    in window two type MOVE and paste after it, and then add the destination folder name​

    repeat for every line in the notepad
  3. childofthetao

    childofthetao TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 159

    That would be thousands upon thousands of commands! It would take years!
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,175   +989

    Ok, but be careful here

    cd into Wallpapers
    mkdir ..\NEWTARGET
    relocate files like

    move foo* ..\NEWTARGET\newsubject\
    ALWAYS test the pattern match using DIR FOO* to see what you will catch. If it's not right, the add more, eg DIR FOO*OTHER or perhaps FOO*OTHER.JPG
    When you like what's returned, THEN

    MOVE FOO*OTHER ..\NEWTARGET\newsubject\​
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    You could create a command-line script that searches for file with the specific criteria. And then have the script automatically create a folder and move all matching files into the folder.

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