FileSieve uses a step-based approach in its interface design to help with lowering the difficulty curve of learning the software.

It is possible to select any step by simply clicking upon it; there is no need to go through them in order unless you're a newcomer to the software and would like to get familiar with the available options.

The steps are as follows.

  1. Introduction
  2. This is the step that is selected by default when FileSieve starts. Its main purpose is to provide application details and features such as checking for updates. Also listed here is the currently installed plugins and links to useful resources.

  3. Source Items
  4. This step allows you to select which profile to use and which directories to use for sorting files.

  5. Destination
  6. This step is used for telling FileSieve which root directory the sorted source items should be placed. Depending on the Method selected, further directories are typically created within the root directory.

    Also available here is the Overwrite Rules Editor which is used for telling FileSieve how duplicate items (files) should be handled.

  7. Options
  8. The Options step allows you to select which Method to use for the sorting, any optional Modifiers, and how the items should be physically processed (copied, moved, deleted, or just simulated so you can see the results).

  9. Review Settings
  10. This step provides an overview of the current profile's settings and allows you to begin the sorting process by clicking on the Start button. This step also verifies that all of the necessary settings are correct (such as the root destination existing) before beginning.

  11. Processing
  12. This step is automatically shown when the sorting process starts as it gives the current progress.


    Directories can be dragged over the Source Items or Destination menu buttons to have the respective section made visible so the directories can be directly dropped into the required list.