Are you one of those people who keep multiple Windows Explorer open to moving files around to organize your files and folders in a better way then Q-Dir is for you. Q-Dir is a Quad Explorer, based on Windows Explorer which basically gives you a quad-view of files on your explorer. It’s not just quad-view, but it will let you browse files in four different locations at the same time.
Q-Dir Quad Explorer replacement
When you first install the freeware, you can choose if you want an installed version or a portable version. If you are using an older version of Windows such as Windows XP or Windows Vista, you need to extract the setup first from the zip file, and then install it.
Since it has a portable version, it makes it easier to test the application without worrying about files and entries going into the registry or any other location. Also for people who like to carry some useful utilities in their USB, Q-Dir will be an excellent addition.
When we talk about the look and feel of the application, Q-Dir is customizable in many ways without losing the essence of traditional Windows explorer. When I say it doesn’t lose the essence of Windows Explorer, what I mean is that the icons, the context menu, etc., are the same so you won’t feel like you are working in a completely different environment.
Since you have the quad-view, you have a lot of real estate to work with and there are different views you can choose from like Quad View, 3-Dir, 2-Dir, 4 tiles Vertically, 3 tile Vertically, 4 tile Horizontally, etc.
There is a RUN button that has a couple of Windows utilities embedded into it like Regedit, Notepad, DxDiag, etc. Look at the screenshot to see the complete list of shortcuts available.
The best part of this feature is that it’s completely customizable. Go to the Extras menu and click on More options. You’ll get the options screen where you can define your own shortcut programs, it can be either an EXE or a Batch file. So if you are a System Administrator, IT Pro, or just a power user, this option can be extremely handy.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot more options like the ability to export the list of filenames with size and other info from the explorer to a text file. Also, you have the ability to print the current view it’s a really neat way. Most of the view-related options can be found under the Extras menu like the default view of Q-Dir, then Tree view, List view options, etc.
To conclude, Q-Dir is a neat little application that is extremely useful with very little footprint. If you are looking for an explorer replacement, you should test Q-Dir out. Compared to the other Windows explorer replacement and alternatives, it is able to stand pretty well. You can download Q-Dir from here.