Conditions tab of File & Folder Watcher specifies what exactly will activate the Trigger. Available options include watching for new files, existing files, file deletion, modification and renaming as well as situations when amount of files within specified folder reaches a particular number or some file reaches a particular size.

ConditionsDetails
Watch for new files File & Folder Watcher is activated when a new file or folder is created in specified folder.
Watch for new and existing files The Trigger is activated when a new file or folder is created or already exists in specified folder.
Watch for deleted files The Trigger is activated when a file or folder is deleted from specified folder.
Watch for modified files Activates watch File & folder Trigger when a file within monitored folder is modified.
Watch for renamed files Activates the Trigger when a file or folder in watched folder is renamed.
Watch for file count in folder Activates the Trigger when number of files or folders reaches the specified number.
Watch for file size that is greater than File & Folder Watcher is activated if some file in monitored folder is or becomes bigger than specified size. Option available only when File & Folder Watcher is configured to monitor files.
Size unitsSize units selectionSet file size limits in any preferred format—bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes or terabytes.

Notes

  • Monitored files can easily be used in further automated processes (such as copying, renaming, deleting, and processing by external command line or Windows software) by using values from File & Folder Watcher in Variable Wizard.
  • Watch for new files condition also returns files that are created by renaming original ones in monitored folder.
  • Watch for deleted files condition also returns old names of files that has been renamed.
  • Watch for deleted files condition ignores file attributes due to inability to read attributes of already deleted files.
  • Watch for deleted files condition may return file names in 8.3 filename format only (or only long file names), depending on application which deletes these files.
  • Watch for modified files condition can also be triggered if new files are created in monitored folder. It depends on the application that creates these files because many applications save the file in multiple approaches (e.g. Notepad application for older Windows versions).
  • When files within some folder are modified, File & Folder Watcher detects folder modification, if set to monitor folders.
  • Watch for file count in folder condition may return name of recently deleted file or folder, if number of files still exceed the specified value.
  • Watch for file count and Watch for file size conditions are triggered only upon changes in monitored folder (not when Trigger is initialized or computer starts).

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