We all know that a bunch of empty folders is not going to harm our system or storage in any manners, but it doesn’t mean that it should be there unless its very necessary you kept it intentionally. The presence of empty folder on a system is annoying is a different thing, specially when you reach a dead-end in a long list of sub-folders within a directory.
Moreover, if you like well things well organized then seeing empty folders would be a bit frustrating and most probably you would be wanting to get rid of it.
However, there is a technical disadvantage of having the empty meaningless folders on your system which is a potential issue with the search functionality; empty folders distort focus in search results in cases where you are locating valuable data for quick retrieval, because the search functionality will have to go through each folder whether its empty or full.
If there are very few such folders and you know where it is then you can delete those folders manually but in case there are many empty folders and you aren’t sure where these meaningless empty folders are then there is an application which will help you find these empty folders.
The application is called Fast Empty Folder Finder, it is an application for Windows that allows you to swiftly search for empty folders in a specific location or the complete disk space. In addition, it lets you ‘drag and drop’ folders and import lists (in .FEFF format) for scanning empty folders from the specified path. You can further define exclusions to refine the scope of the scanning operation. Select relevant search results and get a preview and delete options within the application interface.
Downloads Fast Empty Folder Finder on your system as an executable file which is ready to start the operation. Just drag the folders that you wanted to search for the empty files and folders over the interface to start the scanning.
You can also specify single or multiple folders using the Scan Locations button, which opens a new window, giving you the option to browse for folders and add/remove entries for scanning.
Once the scanning parameters are defined, all you need is to click the Scan Now button that quickly yields results ready to be operated upon. Remember, you can always Cancel Scan to restart and modify the specifications.
It can automatically apply an action to objects, if you want to delete all or some of the entries, go to the List menu and click a relevant Check option, which enables you to select or deselect all folders. Items can be moved either to Recycle Bin or permanently removed in one go.
A distinguishing feature of this utility is the ability to import and export lists. Although the format is specific to this application, the record can help in documenting, planning and reviewing over time.
Overall, Fast Empty Folder Finder holds true to its title in being efficient and flexible for the user to remove empty folders for good. The software works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 7, 64-bit edition.