You might think that your stuck with the Windows Explorer version that your particular version of Windows supports – but, your not. While the Windows 7 version of Explorer is an improvement over previous versions, it still falls short in several areas – for those of us who manage files on a daily basis.
A freeware Windows Explorer replacement* xplorer2 lite (last updated October 2011), offers a number of additional functions including dual panes, and folder tabs, which should make your file management tasks more efficient.
* during installation you may choose to replace Windows Explorer, or you may install xplorer2 lite side-by-side with Windows Explorer.
Typical Windows Explorer display – in this case Windows 7. (Click on graphic to expand).
xplorer2 lite display in dual pane mode – showing local disk E: (Windows 8), and local disk C: (Windows 7). Click on graphic to expand.
xplorer2 lite display in thumbnail mode.
A very cool tip of the day function helps users learn to take advantage of the great features in xplorer2 lite. Examples are shown below.
Dual panes and folder tabs
Browse everywhere (all shell namespace)
Preview documents, pictures, music, video
Side by side views for easy file management
Filter and select with wildcards
System requirements: Windows All (32 & 64 bit) XP, Vista, 7
Languages supported: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more.
Download at: Developer’s site
xplorer2 lite edition portable version available at: SmithTechSoftware
A caveat – during installation you will be offered a Toolbar. Consider carefully as to whether installation is in your best interest.