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    Windows Explorer Replacements?


    by charliespencer ·

    I’m looking for a better file manager than Windows Explorer for Vista and W7, so I searched TR for the phrase ‘windows explorer replacement’ this morning. There were a couple of dead-end discussions where people had posted similar questions and had no response. The only thing useful was this brief topic from over three years ago:;leftCol

    So, let’s try again. If you’re using some other tool besides Windows Explorer on your Windows system (Linux penguins, note this criteria), what is it? What are the advantages or disadvantages? How much did you pay for it, and is it worth it?


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    • #2815744

      I’ve heard good things about muCommander…

      by notsochiguy ·

      In reply to Windows Explorer Replacements?

      …but I can’t say that I’ve personally used it:

    • #2815728

      Many Options

      by thechas ·

      In reply to Windows Explorer Replacements?

      On the commercial side, you have Power Desk and Z-Tree.

      For free-ware and share-ware, check out the listings at and

      Z-Tree above is based on the old DOS file manager X-Tree for those old enough to remember.


      • #2815631

        I miss Norton Commander ;( nt

        by c f usa ·

        In reply to Many Options


    • #2815725


      by theprofessordan ·

      In reply to Windows Explorer Replacements?

      I am not a Microsoft groupie but I find that Windows Explorer is adequate for most applications. What are you looking for in an alternative that you can’t find in Windows Explorer?

      • #2815666

        Vague notions

        by charliespencer ·

        In reply to Curious

        I’d love a tabbed utility that allows me to have different directories open on different tabs. I’d like it to refresh quicker than Explorer when I’m adding files to large directories. I’ve been convinced to try tags for photo categorizing; while Explorer will show existing tags, I don’t see any way to add them from inside it. I’d like to make ‘Libraries’ and ‘Network’ go away from the left panel, and have more freedom to customize it.

        • #2815640

          My kind of notions.

          by seanferd ·

          In reply to Vague notions

          Even the old (free) XYPlorer is tabbed. Not sure the free one would run under 7, but you’d probably want the newest version anyway.
          It is “portable”, so you can always run Explorer at will. Or both at the same time.

          Xplorer^2 is both tabbed and dual pane. Full feature list at site.

          I’m still interested as to what other Explorer replacements might be mentioned.

          Of course, there is always the options of a full shell replacement, but I don’t know if there are any finished for 7 yet or not. For every other Windows version, there have been quite a few.

    • #2815690

      You’ve never seen an OldMycroft response to this?

      by seanferd ·

      In reply to Windows Explorer Replacements?

      I don’t believe it! :^0 xplorer^2

      Lite version

      The older (now officially dead)
      from the same dev.

      Another popular one

      The old free version, a bit outdated:

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