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.
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.