Clover combines the goodness of Windows Explorer and Google Chrome

Want some multi-functionality in your Windows File Explorer? Clover is a free software that binds together Windows Explorer and Google Chrome. The concept behind this software is that is provides Google Chrome’s multi-functionalities to Windows explorer. For example, it installs Google Chrome like tabs in Windows Explorer. Not just tabs, but it also includes a bookmarks option, so that we can easily create bookmarks and access them whenever we want!

Clover for Windows Explorer

Let us take a look at features of Clover software.

Easy access to folders, highly efficient

Clover makes it absolutely convenient to open a new file or folder, saving both time and effort to a great extent. Simply press Ctrl + T to open a new page (or tab), Ctrl + W is for closing the page and to toggle between the pages, use Ctrl + Tab.

Smooth functioning with OS

The app is built and incorporated in such a way that a Chrome user can effortlessly get used to the multi-tab functionality for Windows, without having to adapt to a new file management system.

Super-fast bookmarks bar

Saving a folder in the bookmarks can be done within a flick of a second. You can either press Ctrl + D to save the folder path you are currently using or just drag it toward the bookmarks bar for an instant save. It’s right there whenever you want to access it, there is absolutely no need to search for it all over your computer.

Latest features:

The latest version of Clover comes with a lot of new updates & features, such as reopening of last opened folders, restoring last-opened folders in case Clover crashes and you can also import or export bookmarks. You can even apply themes to Clover by downloading Chrome themes, which will be supported by Clover.

Add tabs to Windows File Explorer


As soon as you install and run Clover, you will find no difference between Clover and your Chrome browser. Clover has the same multi-tab functionality to access your Windows files and folders. One a single Clover Window, you can access multiple folders and you can also add your regular accessed folders as bookmarks.

The features added by Clover to our Windows explorer are just awesome. It makes our task much easier. We can just browse our computer in different tabs and we don’t need to mess up between different open explorer windows. You can also create bookmarks, as you do in Google Chrome. The bookmarks will be displayed in the bookmarks tab and they can be accessed anytime from there. Like Google Chrome, Clover also accepts shortcut keys like Ctrl+T, etc.

Here is the list of all shortcut keys supported by Clover:

  • Ctrl+T: Open a new tab.
  • Ctrl+W: Close current tab.
  • Ctrl+D: Create a new bookmark.
  • Ctrl+Tab: Navigate between different tabs.
  • Ctrl+1, 2, 3: Switch to different tabs in order of the number.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed Clover, your Windows explorer will be replaced by Clover. Now each time you open up your Windows Explorer, you will be automatically redirected to Clover. So that you don’t need to learn a new software, Clover is completely designed like Google Chrome and Windows Explorer.

The explorer icon also gets replaced by Clover’s own icon. This might seem a little odd at first, but after some time you’ll get used to it. The best feature of the software is that, it works like a charm on Windows 8. No bugs or issues at all.

Clover for Windows Explorer

I would recommend that you check out this freeware add-on for Windows Explorer. It increases productivity and saves a lot of time and gives you a tabbed feel in Windows Explorer. You can simply imagine the power of Google Chrome and Windows Explorer – and when they come together, you have Clover!

Clover’s website is in Chinese, but you can translate it using Bing Translate. Click here to go to Clover’s download page. You might want to create a system restore point first, before you install any new software.

This post on Windows explorer replacements and alternatives is sure to interest you!

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.


  1. Seti

    I have to admit that I thought the same when I first went to the site…I was going to do my own assessment of the software, but when this developer can’t be bothered to cater to non-chinese speaking individuals…well…pass. Besides this the whole Huwei suspicions recently reported by the NY Times has put a bug in my brain that chirps every now and again when considering the security issues of not only this app, but hardware as well. Sucks that you have to consider that there are those that want your information for any number of reasons out there. Good call Mr DesElms…I couldn’t agree more!

  2. Achermao

    Thank you!

  3. Kissol

    Thanks a lot for this tiny application. Using it and liking!

  4. Daniel

    God, what an absolute whinge from somebody who’s not even downloaded the software, let alone installed it! If your computer needs to be rebooted, is laggy and just doesn’t perform, well… guess who’s fault that ISN’T? The developers.

    I’ve installed the program and it works without a hitch. It’s smooth, doesn’t slow me down at all and makes life a hell of a lot easier.

    Here’s some free advice… instead of bitching and moaning about some software you’ve not even tried, how about you start looking internally at your own problems and sort out your pc?

    It’s people like you who made the world a sad and down place. Smile ffs

  5. In my 56 years (as of this writing) on this planet, @Madpaddy31, I’ve observed that people who begin postings with language like “you sir are an idiot” are usually kneejerk reactionaries who are uncareful readers and think they know everything when, in fact, they don’t even know what they don’t even know. Worse, and most insufferably, they castigate others for not seeming to have whatever knowledge they perceive themselves to have, and cannot believe others either don’t have it or can’t see that they do. Of course, it’s about narcissism and profound immaturity; and, sadly, you’re painfully clearly all about both.

    For starters, I never wrote a single thing about my PC running like crap. What I wrote, simply, was that whenever there are too many tabs open in Chrome, my machine, exactly the same as anyone else’s machine, slows. That’s a problem endemic to Chrome, not anyone’s machine… mine, considering how well-tuned it is, least of all. Again with the “uncareful reader” thing. My machine runs quite perfectly, thankyouverymuch. I’ve been in IT for forty years… since before you were even a twinkle in your unfortunate parents’ eyes, I’ll wager. I’ve FORGOTTEN more about IT and security and how to make a machine run flawlessly than I’ll wager you’ll ever know; and unlike you, I’ve got literally decades of experience being actually paid — handsomely, I might add — for it. Perhaps if you’d bothered to research my postings a bit before assuming that I’m a neophyte, you’d realize what a fool of yourself you’d make by a post like the one of yours to which I’m now responding. But, of course, that’s where the “kneejerk reactionary” part comes in; as well as the “profound immaturity” part, too. Thanks for well illustrating it all for us, here.

    The fact that you cannot seem to recognize the potential for harm such as I’ve described in my original posting, here, demonstrates, fruther, that you wouldn’t recognize a potential PC security threat if it walked-up and kissed you square on the mouth. It’s you, and not me, about which that speaks volumes.

    You wrote: “…if your machines security is up to date and working you have nothing to worry about.”

    MY RESPONSE: You wear your profound ignorance — and arrogance, as well — on your sleeve. There is nothing built-in to Windows that would stop the kind of harm that could be performed by an installed app that hooks itself directly into the very bowels of Windows via Explorer. You understand that we’re talking about Windows Explorer, here, and not Internet Explorer, right? You understand that nothing has more security rights to the whole of Windows than Windows (and not Internet) Explorer, right?

    Please try to have at least some small clue what you’re talking about before you deign to make such a fool of yourself.

    And I know all about testing things in virtual spaces like Sandboxie, thankyouvermuch. Again with your arrogance and narcissism of assuming everyone’s stupid but you. That you would prescribe virtualization for everyday use just further evidences your cluelessness.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  6. @Daniel,

    You didn’t post your reply as a reply to me, but, rather, as a fresh post of its own, in reply to the article-in-chief; hence my not having noticed it until now, when I was drawn back to this months-old page to respond to @Madpaddy31…

    …speaking of which response: it occurs to me that pretty much everything you’ve written to me, here, in response to my initial posting (but which you apparently didn’t know how to convey by simply clicking on the “reply” link at the end of it) is covered, by hook or by crook, in what I wrote to him. I therefore refer you to it, and leave to you to cherrypick from it that which applies to you. I won’t hold my breath for you to figure it out, mind you, but I’m just sayin’.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  7. josh

    For anyone wanting to change the icon here a simple method on how to do so, It took me a little while to figure this out so i’d appreciate some up-votes

  8. ? until now all the control of privacy know come from USA. Even I believe the Chinese will be doing the same. I’m sure that USA is advanced in this personal control of our life’s..

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