Explorer++ Offers a Free Alternative to Windows Explorer

April 13, 2013

If you are a Windows user, one piece of software you use regularly is Windows Explorer (named File Explorer in Windows 8). Don’t confuse this with Internet Explorer (hopefully you are using a better browser already). Windows Explorer is often labeled as “Computer” or “My Computer” and it is what you use to browse files on your computer.

While Microsoft does make changes to Windows Explorer is each version of Windows, they may not be adding the features that would boost your productivity the most. Today I’d like to suggest you give the free Explorer++ a look as it does provide features not available in Windows Explorer.

Unlike most software, you don’t “install” Explorer++. You simply unzip the file you download and run it directly. This means it can easily be placed on a USB Memory Stick for use wherever you go. The other really cool feature is the ability to have multiple tabs open in a single window. Below is a screen shot of a folder of bitmaps so you can see the interface.

Windows Explorer Plus Plus
At first glance, you may not see any difference between Explorer++ and Windows Explorer. This is actually good news as you can start using it right away without having to learn anything new. Once you dig in a little deeper, you can start using the extra features it provides.

If you want to use it in addition to Windows Explorer, you can do that. Or you can have it called automatically as a replacement for Windows Explorer. I would suggest you first use it separately until you know for sure it is what you want. Just in case it doesn’t meet your needs, you can always delete it since it was completely free.

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  1. Anonymous

    Looking at the screen capture – I will stick to File Explorer. I couldn’t get by now without Favourites/Libraries links permanently on view.

    Better browser than Internet Explorer? I use Chrome, FF and IE10. IE10 is about the fastest on my system. followed by Chrome and then FF. IE10 is the ‘only’ one which doesn’t crash at all. I only use the other 2 if IE10 won’t display something correctly (FF is usually best in those instances) or if I need a plug-in/Add-on of some kind. I think the old issues of Internet Explorer are mainly gone and don’t think it is fair to say the other browsers are better. Better at what?

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  2. Foster D. Coburn III

    >>Looking at the screen capture – I will stick to File Explorer. I couldn’t get by now without Favourites/Libraries links permanently on view.

    I’m sorry you made a decision based on a single screen capture without even looking at everything it can do.

    >>Better at what?

    Compatibility.

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  3. Anonymous

    IE10 crashes all the time and almost impssible to uninstall

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  4. Foster D. Coburn III

    We haven’t had problems with IE 10 crashing, but we have also chosen not to install it at all on our machines. We did install on a single machine for testing purposes.

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