Introduction, Ease of Use and Hidden and System Files

These videos highlight different aspects of Filecats:

Introduction (2’34”)

Introducing Filecats, The Cataloguing programme. Filecats creates a list of files, folders and subfolders, copied from Windows Explorer to Microsoft Excel?

In addition to a column for file names, Filecats adds a hyperlink to the file, and to the folder, columns for file size, path and created, last written and last accessed dates. But how does it work?

Here we have a list of files and folders in Windows Explorer.

And here we have the same list in Microsoft Excel.

You can create this list in two clicks – one, two. Filecats Standard is as easy as that. It is as fast as this. Now it is in Excel, you can easily search, filter and annotate however you wish, and even email your catalogue to others.

You can catalogue a hard drive in just two clicks [do it]. You could create a permanent record of CDs, with ease. Fast and easy.

Want more? Filecats Professional for Windows 7 and 8 can also import metadata. Metadata includes things such as who created the file, who last saved it, how long a piece of music is, GPS data from photographs, and when an email was received. All available in Excel, and all now accessible. Filecats Professional/ allows you to use this metadata for your advantage, saving you time and frustration. It is an extremely powerful tool for harnessing the hidden depths of information you already have, but may not know that you have, or which may be difficult for you to use.

Try it for free, or go to for more information about Filecats Standard, Filecats Professional, or more information about metadata.

Ease of use (1’23”)

Filecats, the Cataloguing programme, is very easy to use.

To create a catalogue in Excel, just open Windows Explorer (pause).

Right-hand click on a folder.

And select “Filecats Standard”.

That’s it. Your catalogue gets created and will be asked to save it.

If you are using the Professional version, then right-hand click on a folder and select “Filecats Professional”, and then select the degree of metadata that you want to catalogue. You can adjust it by sliding these buttons up and down, and you can fine-tune it by clicking on the settings button.
When it has completed, just save the spreadsheet, and you are ready to go.

Hidden and System Files (2’04”)

Filecats is able to catalogue hidden and system files.
Here we have a folder which, due to a simulated virus, you cannot see any of the files or folders – and this happened to one of my clients recently – all of his files disappeared.
My first instinct was to do a catalogue to see what was left, and Filecats was able to catalogue all of the hidden files and folders, so I was able to ascertain that there were still there.
You can see that the attributes of the folders show that they are both hidden and system. This knowledge allowed me to unhide the files and folders.
It wasn’t easy. If I show the hidden files, you still can’t see them, because this nasty virus has also made them system, so you have to do a lot more to be able to see them. However, Filecats was able to show me that the files were still there.
Similarly, I catalogue the C drive, you may think that the first folder that it catalogues is this one, but in fact the first folder is the Recycle Bin. You may be given a hard drive by somebody, and they may not have realised that files they deleted because they didn’t want you to have them, may still be retained on the hard drive. So for me, whenever I receive a USB stick, a hard drive or a CD, the first thing I do is create a catalogue. That enables me to start to understand more easily what in on the hard drive, but also allows me to see any hidden files, that I might not otherwise be able to see.

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