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Folder Marker Home 3.1 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Folder Marker Home 3.1

Folder Marker - a helper which can mark folders by priority, by degree of work complete and by the type of information contained in the folder.
$24.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 421 56 comments

Folder Marker Home 3.1 was available as a giveaway on January 21, 2011!

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Control remote desktop or laptop from any device and anywhere!

A handy shell extension that enables you to mark folder icons to indicate a priority level (high, low, normal), level of project completeness (done, half-done, planned), work status (approved, rejected, pending), and type of information stored within (work, important, temp and private files).

Simply right-click on any folder and select the icon or color to be used from the newly added menu option. The perfect download if you need a little extra boost getting your files in order. Try it now! Change folder color or change folder icon!

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System Requirements:

Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista or Windows 7 (x32 and x64)


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File Size:

5.58 MB



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I'm having the same problem as some... running Win7 64-bit. Tried installing, rebooting, uninstalling, rebooting installing, rebooting, etc. Did that 3 or 4 times. Program seems to install fine - program where it belongs, icon on desktop, also in right-click menu when clicking on a folder. Main window will not open. Right-click menu to change folder color does not work. I get the hour glass each time, then nothing. I hope the developer will provide a fix for those of us that it won't work for.

Reply   |   Comment by Bobbi  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I Have Folder Marker Home 3.0 from April 26, 2010
and use it to mark game folders - rpgs green, puzzles - orange!!
Kinda like this program - but is there any advanage to gettin new version???

Reply   |   Comment by Dido  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed it on my ancient Toshiba 98SE (Oh yes!) and it installed fine except that upon Launch it fails to load Main, Colors, ABC, and Everyday Tabs. Only the User Icons tabs loads. I have shut off most of the offending programs but still nada?
It works fine on Win 2000 and WinXP pro. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Marc  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I do not see any point in marking folders unless it is on my desktop (or has a shortcut on my desktop) for those few (or many) I will not bother to install an additional application to burden my computer. the manually exiting feature is good enough. also, when I do change an icon, I want the icon to "explain" what is in it's folder. the supplied icons are too general and are not customizable, that is why I prefer to either look for a specific icon on the web or more likely I will create one myself, using Microangelo or something similar (these days most image editors support the ico extension).

Reply   |   Comment by tarazan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@Julia, #31: I didn't think I was being 'contemptuous,' as you put it, to anyone. Just expressing my personal opinion, as you were. I even said "if it works for you, ‘dude,’ then fair enough."

As it happens, I am a developer myself, and I do use an SVN, but IMHO that's a specialised application where the icons are genuinely useful.

For standard file-hunting etc. in Explorer, I personally find non-standard icons an unnecessary annoyance. If other people find them useful, then fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

In th eevent I have to reninstall my operating system after a reformat of my hard disk, how would I reinstall this program or once it is install it cannot be reinstalled?


Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I tried changing the folder of a short cut and I could not. The folder did not show up when I opened the directory in the application.

I then used windows to change the short cut folder and the change worked.

I use short cuts a lot. Is there a fix for this?

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed on my Acer laptop Windows 7 64bit.
cannot read help file, not a recognised format.

How in heaven do I register this givaway???? Or is it already registered at install???

Otherwise it looks like a useful program.


Reply   |   Comment by David  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I seem to have a problem with the software. I try to customize the menu, and it hangs. When I open Task Manager, I see my processor at 100% and its RAM usage steadily climbing. The Folder Marker window said "not responding" and I killed the task when it took up over 400MB memory and was still climbing.

Everything else runs fine and I can mark folders like normal.
What is wrong?

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit with 2GB RAM
Intel Celeron 900 @ 2.20GHz

Also, there was never a prompt or anything for a registration key, but when I hit "about" it said it was registered, yet I still see "Buy Now" all over the place - Is this correct?

Reply   |   Comment by Soulflare3  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I don't get it. When I right click on a folder, click "Mark Folder" and pick a color (such as "blue" or "high priority") -- NOTHING happens. The icon doesn't change.

If I select "More Icons", it gives me a choice of only 11 "Everyday Icons" and nothing else. If I choose one of these 11, it DOES work.

So, basically, all I have are 11 changes I can make to my icon.

What am I missing?

Reply   |   Comment by Peg  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used a previous version on XP and loved it as it was very useful to me. However when I put the folders on an external drive and attempted to open them there they would not open. Apparently the files wanted to be on the drive that Folder Marker was installed. Maybe this "bug" has been resolved? Hope so as I would like to use it again.

Reply   |   Comment by fredroz  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

i know this should make things easier, but wouldn't it be better just to right-click a folder then go to proprietes->customize->change folder icon ?
i use that all the time, and i think it really boots the time spent finding stuff. The downside is that at first you must download icons from a site (prefferable one of the thousands that have free icons...)

Reply   |   Comment by BesT  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Will not work in my Win 7 64 bit PC. Files are in x86 program folder but .exe does not open program. Mark folders on drop down gives options but does not work. Have refreshed and restarted with no success. Program icon on desktop but also will not open. Will delete in next few hours.

Reply   |   Comment by KA7AOK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

This is a cool and useful toy, essentially (I love colors and cute icons), and I was very excited until I realized that this is shareware and NOT the full version. Somewhat crippled, with constant nags to buy full version. That is so not cool.

Reply   |   Comment by Katie  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Tried to change the color of a folder. No colors under "colors" tab. Tried to use some custom icons. They have to be added one at a time.

Personally, when I have to use a help menu I pass on a program. All software will be able to perform "on the job training" in the future. Those that do not will fail.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Good idea, poor execution.

I wish all these "folder color" applications worked the same way MacOS's does. In MacOS X it just changes the text and highlight of the folder so everything still seems streamlined. This program makes the folders look like some kind of rainbow on my desktop or wherever: annoying.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Installs & starts fine under Win2k.

Modified folders however get a standard file icon (generic) and do not skin properly according to selection.

Probably related to this: the setup requires admin privilegies. When run as administrator (run as...) it installs and registers with the admin account leaving the user account without reg, e.g. a 30-day trial period pops up.

This is not an acceptable behavior of a 2010 utility. It should be aware of different right levels and properly register with user accounts too.

GOATD: this can be remedied by supplying a split setup / activate.exe. In this case i usually would run the activate as user again. However its a combined exe here.

Reply   |   Comment by Freakazoid  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I have been waiting for this software for a long time. Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Installed 3.1 over the last 3.0 GOTD w/o any issue (Win7). Simple program but helps locate project folders quicker.

Reply   |   Comment by chad  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Your link offers a special offer for GOTD a special discount on the PRO version. The offer is better than nothing, but hardly a good deal for someone who is upgrading from Home to Pro.

I would be interested if the upgrade price that was more reflective of the price gap between home and pro.

Overall, IMHO, the prices (of a normally registered version) are quite a lot higher than the product merits. The product is good but not great. The icon selection is very unimpressive.

However, thanks to FolderMarker and GOTD for the offering.

Reply   |   Comment by friendinme  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Very good software (i have previous wersion from GAOTD).
Changed icons - perfect.

Thanks GAOTD Team and ArcticLine Software (good job).

Reply   |   Comment by Adam  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

I have used this for about a year. It is handy to separate folders that are similar in name. Nothing earth shattering, but handy.

The icons are exclusive however. That means you can make a folder priority marked but not select the color. Or you can change the color but not the priority.

It is well worth more than what I paid for it! Glad it is updated. It is a nice simple handy app that makes it easier to have favorite icons to quickly assign to projects. accounting are green, personal blue, priority work red - simple classification. It is a good and deserves a "thank you" to Articline and GAOTD


Reply   |   Comment by Spam Sorenson  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Installs, but does not work in my Win7. Tried installing a demo of the paid version - it works. It seems like this FREE version is somehow corrupted! Just wasted an hour of my time.

Reply   |   Comment by Barry R  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

May be useful for people who are highly project oriented and need to organize their files.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

One of those addictive litte utilites. I use it to spruce up the look of my Win XP. Very simple UI, easy to use, not a resource hog, somewhat limited icon offering, can import your existing icons, but only one at a time.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@26 Cad Delworth, there's really no need to be so contemptuous towards people who prefer to use folder icons. What you consider a waste of time and energy will save other people's time and energy. My own folder system is structured to perfection, thank you very much, and I've been using Windows since version 1.0 - it took me a fair while back in the day to see the point of a graphical OS - but I like icons. Some of us are more visual than others, and find it much faster to scroll through a list of folders - in List mode - if icons have been applied.

Also, any software developer will inform you that the folder status icons included in version control systems like TortoiseSVN are an invaluable feature, allowing developers to see which folders contain recent changes. Amongst other things, what Folder Marker offers is an extremely simple, manually applied equivalent for the non-techie.

Reply   |   Comment by Julia  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Anybody knows if this program will let me put password to any folder for protection? If it's not can someone tell me what program should I get.

Reply   |   Comment by Rasim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I had tried an earlier version of this program and liked it so I thought I would grab this one. It installed fine on a Win7Pro x64 laptop.... BUT the program window is so small that the bottom check box and buttons are cut off. I cannot click the "Apply" button - which makes it hard to actually change the folder colors :) There seems to be a window resizing issue, which may be linked to screen res (1920x1080). Otherwise, a great program

Reply   |   Comment by Wayne  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Yes, critics of the world, most people already know that you don't need any special program to change folder icons in Windows, but Folder Marker offers useful icons, and makes the process of standardising on a customised set of personal favourites very quick and easy. And it's well supported. I like it and use it.

I installed the free edition of this product, Folder Marker Free, on the same day that FolderIco was given away on GOTD. At the time I did a comparison between the two, and some other free products. I recommend Folder Marker Free to people who prefer to use free software. But I'm pleased to get Folder Marker Home because it has a larger selection of default icons, and offers the extra utility of an unlimited number of user icons. For more details, see the product comparison chart.

@22 Ron, in answer to your question, version 3.1 introduces support for x64 systems, localisation to 20 languages, and minor bug fixes and improvements. I refer you to the changelog on the ever-helpful Softpedia.

Thanks muchly to ArcticLine Software and GOTD for this giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Julia  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

@Arturo (#10): I totally agree. I have hundreds of folders on my PC and like you, I don't bother 'marking' them, I just organise them so that I intuitively know where to find everything. In fact, I have 'Details' as my View on ALL folders, because it shows more items in the same space. I honestly can't remember the last time I used Icons or Thumbnails as a View, so it always comes as a 'surprise' when I see those Views on other people's PCs. I guess that's because I started with Windows at V3.0 ...

@Jimbo (#14): Couldn't agree more. If I did want to do this sort of thing, I'd right-click the folder and do it manually (Properties, customise, Choose Picture). Though it's fair to say that Folder Marker does make this process marginally easier; it really depends on how often you want to 'mark' folders.

@Mr. Pink (#20): I'm busy, too, but for me it's much easier and faster to look for a name in a simple list than wasting time and energy scrolling around a bunch of Large Pictures as I would have to do in Tiles or Thumbnails views. But if it works for you, 'dude,' then fair enough.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Unsure why the picture on the vendors site shows on the "Main" folders tab folders of the more modern "Vista" style, while the program itself shows icons with only the XP (Classical) style. Also, the same site shows Bee Icons available for 5 dollars less ( a full 15 dollars less than the Pro version) and yet it is a far more adaptable and useful program.
I agree with Phil K @ #18 ....... a fairly useless program
and Jimbo @ #14 ....... This is no more than trial-ware and certainly NOT worth the asking price, even the free Rainbow Folders( http://www.english.aionel.net/ ) has the Vista/Classical style folder icon options.
More and more programs these days are appearing on GOTD that are no more than "special" cut down trial-ware versions.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#22 - these are the improvements they list:

+ Added support for x64 systems. Now the Mark Folder menu is displayed correctly on x64 systems.
+ Interface is localized to Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish.
- Bug fixed: Some controls would disappear on clicking Alt in Vista/Windows 7 OS.
- Bug fixed: The program would stop running and show the ‘Access Violation’ error message after entering a registration key on Vista and Windows 7 OS.
- Bug fixed: Registered Home version of the program failed to run on some computers when Data Execution Prevention (DEP) was enabled.
- Bug fixed: The nag screen failed to translate correctly.
- Bug fixed: Minor bugs related to interface localization.
- Bug fixed: Minor bugs when the program was installed on Vista and Windows 7 OS.
- Bug fixed: Vista icons of 256x256 size copied incorrectly.
* Help file can be opened in Vista and Windows 7 OS.
Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Reply   |   Comment by Wren  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)


I found the Foldermarker Home 3.1 changelog over here:

Reply   |   Comment by StrayCat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Thank you! Really useful to me. A couple of days ago I was just wishing I could highlight a couple of folders for easy find and click. This does so much more! Much appreciated GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Chelle  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Is there a place where I can find out how version 3.1 is different from version 3.0?

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Installed and runs with no problems in Win7 x64.


Although, the user interface/menu is a bit on the small side- I would prefer it a bit bigger or the option to have it bigger. But thats just me being picky.

Excellent program/software. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Filtness  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Gotta disagree with #10. I don't really care what the folder looks like as long as it's different. This is not a "toy"; I'm busy and I don't need to waste time searching for a single folder by name if I don't have to. With this, I don't have to. Pretty much end of story, dude.

Of course, there are freeware alternatives that do exactly the same thing as this so I wouldn't actually buy it, but it's OK as a giveaway for those who don't have it.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Pink  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

9I'm looking at it as one more way to make life with erratic attention easier.

It'll take a while to see just how effective it is.

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Well, the test is always "Can it change the Program Files folder, the Windows folder and each individual Hard Drive's individual partitions folders
And the answer is NO it can't.
V. Poor.
Test that yourself.
Didn't work for me.
If it works for what you want it for, fine. Give it a thumbs up
Don't sneer at those who can see past the glittery and colourful shop window, Lisa (#9)

Reply   |   Comment by Phil K  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)

I can't believe it! :o

I'm using the free version atm, was still considering whether or not to buy the full version... and this comes up! LUCKY ME! XD

Definitely a usefull little tool to have, as I like to sort quite alot of my folders by changing icon. It takes WAYYY too long to do it one by one.

Reply   |   Comment by Maitreya Huang  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

@7 That is a general clause now used in many well known programs release disclaimer.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

@7 - would be funny to see the ATC person who installs this and tries to prioritize traffic with it.

Reply   |   Comment by mUrAt  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

I can see this program would make someone happy if they didn't know they could already do this manually or if unaware of all of the freeware programs that work as good if not better.

When you click on "Everyday Icons" it informs you that you do not have the pro version and to fork over cash for icons that can be found free all over the web. I thought these offers were for pro versions, not trialware.

My suggestion - Give us the full version and the ability to import icons we find over the net and then we are more likely to spread the word. Plus, coworkers or firends walking by our computers will see something unique and it's free advertising for you but there are around 5 great programs that colorize folders that are free that are just as good.

Reply   |   Comment by Jimbo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Thanks, GOTD and Articline. I have used Folder Marker as a previous giveaway, and liked it a lot despite the limited range of icon choices. The pro, home, and free versions are compared .

Reply   |   Comment by JonathansToolBar&Grill  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I meant to say on my HP Windows 7 x64!

Reply   |   Comment by Estrella  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Once program is open you see under "everyday" 11 different icons and in red it says that "those are only part of the icon set. Full icon pack contains 60+ so if you want them buy Full version". I don't find it necessary to spend $20 for extra icons!
You can add your own icons by clicking on "user icons", click the green + "add", a small window opens with plenty of icons that you can choose from manufacture installed Windows/system32 on my HP Windows Vista.

Also do not forget to click on Help and uncheck the automatically upgrade if you want to keep using this program. Sorry, the developers may not like that.

Reply   |   Comment by Estrella  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

As #6 stated, this is essentially a toy unless you have a ton of folders and need the ability to spot or classify them quickly.

Program itself is easy enough to install on W7 and appears to be easy for any novice to use.

This technique is standard on Macs and even then I don't use it.

Reply   |   Comment by arturo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

How refreshing - something new to so many of us. Have never seen such a detailed program for marking folders and making life easier, computing faster.

Bless Ashraf, a powerful add-on to GOTD's utility in providing sometimes excellent software.

HIGHLY recommend this for people who have many projects. A rare and easy-enough program to use.

PS - How funny that there are 100 thumbs above, and, as we expect of this dorky human race of ours, it is half and half. Thanks, GOTD, and thanks to Ashraf, who simplifies the complicated for "the rest of us."

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa Miller  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)

@7 Jim Stone - We live in a litigious world. Such a clause is actually becoming more and more common. http://bit.ly/fJx0WK

Including such a clause for software that might be used (even as a component) in a system that could possibly result in the loss of human life, (I would imagine - IANAL) may protect the developers from a lawsuit.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Given the nature of the program, you really need to wonder why they felt the need to include this rather bizarre clause in the license:


Reply   |   Comment by Jim Stone  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
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