Windows Explorer Replacement Explorer++

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 15, 2008
Updated • Dec 29, 2012

Windows Explorer Replacement Explorer++ tries to become what Notepad++ already has become, a fast, efficient, feature rich alternative to Windows Explorer. The portable and lightweight software program introduces several new features and a new layout that make aims to improve the management of files and folders on the system. It's not a full blown Total Commander like suite though.

The first noticeable aspect about Explorer++ is that it is a fully portable application, it can be executed from anywhere. The memory footprint is acceptable with roughly 6 Megabytes of computer memory and 3 Megabytes of virtual memory.

Explorer++ supports tabbed browsing that uses the same shortcuts as those of the Firefox web browser. You can create a new tab with Ctlr-t and switch between tabs using the Ctrl-1 to Ctrl-9 shortcuts. Tabbed browsing improves the workflow significantly, as you can now manage multiple different locations, folders and files from within one window, which you can't do in Windows Explorer where you need to open multiple windows for the same effect.

Tabs can be bookmarked for future access which is another much needed feature for every Windows Explorer replacement. To bookmark a tab simply select Bookmarks > Bookmark this Tab or press Ctrl-D to do so. Bookmarks become available under the same menu afterwards from where they can be opened with a single click. It is alternatively possible to add bookmarks directly to the toolbar so that they are visible there directly.

It supports filters and splitting and merging of files. As I said before it is no match for the heavy weight Total Commander like applications which support so many features that it is hard to keep an overview. Here is a short list of supported features:

  • Bookmark folders
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Keyboard shortcut support
  • Search for files using names and attributes
  • Save directory listings
  • Visual customizations

It would have been nice if you could divide the main explorer window into two panes which would both show the contents of a folder or drive. That would make file operations much easier in my opinion. One has to consider that Explorer++ was released as alpha and that the software developer will surely add functionality to his software program, we just have to wait a bit longer.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 24, 2010 at 8:23 am

    It’s too old.

  2. Anonymous said on July 31, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I must be missing something but where’s the download link?

  3. Anonymous said on July 28, 2009 at 7:21 am


    Never mind that the date of the most recent build is given on the download page. :)

  4. Joker said on April 2, 2009 at 9:20 pm


  5. Anonymous said on March 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hi enraged fellow Anonymous, look up at the URL. Notice “/2008/8/15/”. Notice “15 Aug” graphic near top of page. Scratch balls, wander away still clueless about what year this article was posted, continue to rage at world failing to sufficiently spoonfeed you. Die alone, eaten by cats.

  6. Anonymous said on March 10, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Without the year stamp, this article and comments are fuuking worthless. It could be days or YEARS old, which means the program does/doesn’t work on newer OS, like vista 64bit. Again, fuuking worthless shite on a worthless unvisited unwanted shitek website.

  7. Womble said on August 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Wow! it’s 596kb’s, now that’s a refreshing change.

    Needs just a couple more features yet though before I would consider using it.

    One to watch!

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