Everyone from teacher to students to staff seems to have a different way to manage where they save their files. That means the system administrator staff (me, and a couple of other Mac die-hards forced into Windows servitude) have picked up a few tricks and tools to make life easier.
Find. Empty. Folders.
Some teachers are very good about storing files into folders, neatly categorized, organized, sliced and diced and Julienned appropriately. Not so with other Mac or Windows PC users.
Files and folders often are dumped into the Documents folder with no organization all. Most of those users create folders with the intent to use them but forget the name they gave each folder, resulting in a Documents folder with plenty of empty folders.
Here’s how I clean out the empty folders on a Mac. It’s a free utility called Find Empty Folders and it does exactly as the name implies.
The problem with other utilities, free or otherwise, is Apple’s insistence upon dumping the .DS_Store file inside most folders. That means a folder is never really empty because there’s a default file inside.
Find Empty Folders searches all the folders on your Mac, ignores the ones it should not touch, and displays a list in window– including the folders with the aforementioned .DS_Store file.
Find Empty Folders works with a simple drag and drop. Drop the Macs hard disk or any folder onto the app to get the list of empty folders. The app displays the name and the file path in the Finder, but gives you one-click access to reveal the file so you can see it.
Simple, elegant, free, and a good way to massage that OCD neatness gene that’s been bothering you lately.