Review of Empty Folder Nuker

Windows 7 and iPhones generally get along as long as iTunes and its associated drivers behave themselves, which admittedly can be less often than desired.  However, I have found that the Windows 7 concept of libraries can complicate things just a tad, and over time it can add up.

Let me explain.  When importing images from the iPhone, Windows will create a subdirectory of your Photos folder and put the images there.  So far, so good.  However, it will then open up a Windows Explorer window which will show the Library “Pictures” instead of the “My Pictures” folder.  That means it is shown in a logical but not physical layout.  So, since a lot of them I am going to move to better locations devoted to specific functions (like all stuff I’m selling on eBay and what-not), once I move all the files, the folder remains “empty”.  Note the quotes.

Since it is a library, though, if I want to remove the empty folder, I cannot move up or down or anywhere relative to the folder, but I have to search for it.  If I’m busy listing something on eBay or looking up parts associated with a specific model number that I took a picture of, I’m probably not going to interrupt work to do folder housecleaning.  So, they sometimes sit there.  And sit there.  And sit there some more…

Keep in mind, I’m looking for something to deal with empty image folders.  If you’ve hung around Windows long enough, you probably know where this is going.

So, I found a forum that recommended Empty File Nuker.  Sounded like what the doctor ordered.  I downloaded version 1.2.0 and installed it.

It is a pretty easy program to use.  There is no install; you download and run it as-is.  Just make sure that if you want to add or remove the context menu item, you run it in Administrator mode.

The good news is that it is quick, lite and portable.  However, when I moved three of my image folders around, which should have left empty folders, only one of them was found.  Perplexed, I did the search in various ways with the same result.  So, I turned on the option to view system files, and there was the Windows thumbnail file in all its glory.

OK, so there are ways to deal with that problem, granted.  However, if I’m going to have to do things manually, then what’s the point of the program?

So, if you are dealing with image folders, I don’t recommend this program.  Otherwise, it isn’t a bad little tool.

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