Windows File Explorer replacements and alternative software

The Windows File Explorer is feature-rich and quite a handy file and folder manager. But if you are looking forward to adding tabs, and many other features, to make the humble explorer run on steroids, you can check out some of these freeware applications and add-ins. Like the tabbed browsing feature in Internet Explorer, you can also add Tabs to your Windows Explorer, using these tools.

Explorer replacement & alternative software

Explorer replacement & alternative software

You can download and check out QTTabBar. It is an Add-In that gives Tab Browsing Feature to your Explorer. It also adds a few other features like a drop-down preview, useful toolbar buttons, Recently Closed button, plus plugin support. Do read the instructions before installing it.

In case you Menu Bar is not visible, please enable it. Now right click on it and enable QTTabBar.

Alternatively, there are also some explorer.exe replacement freeware available, which, along with tabs, panes, add much more features to the Windows Explorer.

You can also check these out:

Have a look at them before you decide to settle down with one!

Go here if you want to use the registry to Add Copy, Paste and Delete Buttons to Windows Explorer toolbar.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Does it work in Windows 7? Does not seem to as of now.

  2. Yes it does, see the image.

  3. Amiroo

    How could you make it work in Windows 7? really appreciate if you could help us out.

  4. Winseven

    It doesn’t work properly on Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
    QT Tab Bar and QT Tab Standard Buttons have to be re-enabled every time Windows Explorer is started.

  5. SonicBlue

    New version at working perfectly on Windows 7

  6. C-Dan

    I am developing one.

    Here is the pre-alpha build.

    Fully functional & identical to windows 7 explorer except for the address-bar with breadcrumbs. There is an empty path bar instead which can be used to navigate to a path.

    Still has to be styled. Please provide feedback here (use compatibility mode to type in comments if you are using IE9 RC)

  7. Aa

    you missed the best, which is Directory Opus and also XYPlorer

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