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Windows Explorer Replacements?

By CharlieSpencer ·
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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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I've heard good things about muCommander...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Windows Explorer Replacem ...

...but I can't say that I've personally used it:

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Many Options

by TheChas In reply to Windows Explorer Replacem ...

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.


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I miss Norton Commander nt

by C F USA In reply to Many Options
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by TheProfessorDan In reply to Windows Explorer Replacem ...

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?

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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.

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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.

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You've never seen an OldMycroft response to this?

by seanferd In reply to Windows Explorer Replacem ...

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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