Configuring folders (Adding, removing & setting rules)

Add a folder

To configure the drives and folders that are to be processed click on the 'Add folder...' button on the Dashboard and select the folder or drive to include from the folder browser at the top of the dialog. By default these folders will be added to the list with Default profiles for both Files To Include and Settings.

To configure a custom profile please select the 'New profile..' option in the relevant drop-down controls. See Files To Include and Settings pages for more information.

Folders are searched recursively, so all sub-folders of the selected locations will be processed unless certain subfolders are explicitly excluded. See 'Excluding folders' in the 'Add Rules' section below for details.

Add multiple folders

It is possible to add multiple folders as a batch process which allows for easy entry of many folder paths. To do this use the 'Add multiple folders...' option in the 'File' menu item. Then either copy or type a new folder path, one per line, into the textbox provided. 

To quickly add a list of folders, paste folder paths from Windows Explorer.

After they are added folders will appear in the folder list on the Dashboard with default file types and settings profiles selected. You can click 'Edit' to change the settings for a folder, or use the 'Add Rule' dialog to customize settings for a specific sub-folder. Any paths that have been mistyped or do not exist will appear disabled in the folders list.

Add Rules

When a folder is added to the list for processing, by default all sub folders of each added folder will be processed by NXPowerLite in the same way. To exclude specific sub-folders or set different Files To Include and Settings to be used, click on the parent folder then click the 'Add rule...' button.

Excluding Folders

This feature is useful if you do not want certain areas of your data processed by NXPowerLite. By excluding a folder, all files in this folder and all of its child folders will not be considered for optimization.  

Changing settings for sub-folders

It is possible to change the File Types and Optimizations by selecting this radio button in the dialog. This is a useful feature if, for instance, you have a parent folder where all file types are considered for optimization, but have a specific sub-folder where only PDF file should be optimized. In this case, you would:

  • Select the parent folder in the list
  • Click 'Add rule...' button
  • Choose the sub-folder you want to apply the settings on 
  • Enable the bottom radio button
  • Select or create a new File Types profile (where only PDF selected) from the drop-down.
  • Click OK

Editing folder configuration

To edit either the 'settings profiles' or the path of a folder/rule, select the item in the list and press the 'Edit...' button or simply double-click the folder.

Network locations

As well as local drives and folders, shared network locations can also be added to the list. For example it is possible to optimize data on a shared SAN or NAS, providing that it resides in the same Windows domain as the machine on which NXPowerLite is installed.

Please see How to scan multiple servers for more information.

The NXPowerLite File Server service may also need to be configured with an account that has full permissions to those locations. See Configuring the NXPowerLite Windows Service for more information.

Note: When adding a location via a mapped network drive (e.g. N:), the drive letter displayed in the folders list will be replaced with the equivalent UNC path (e.g. \\server\share). This is because Windows manages drive mappings on a per-user basis, and as such they may not be available to the NXPowerLite service when it needs to process files.

Moved or deleted folders

Folders that have previously been configured but have subsequently been moved or deleted will appear "grayed out" in the list of locations. This is to indicate that the folder no longer exists at the specified path.


Selecting a folder or a configured sub-folder (excluded or different profiles) in the folder list and clicking the "Remove" button will remove the folder from the list. If an included folder has rules associated with it, removing that folder will automatically remove all its rules. It is possible to multiple select folders and remove in bulk using the standard  'Ctrl-click' method.

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