Windows Explorer is the basic file browser and manager for the Windows operating system. It has quite a few usability problems which sparked the creation of quite a few third-party Windows Explorer replacements and add-ons.
One problem that is encountered by users is the inability to filter by file name.
Imagine downloading dozens of songs from several music albums that are all placed in one directory. Some users might want to create folders for each album for manageability reason while others may be fine having them all lumped together in a single folder.
If you want to sort songs manually into album folders, it may take a long time in Windows Explorer if the sorting is not listing all songs of an album next to each other, for instance if songs all begin with a track number. This makes it much harder to copy the files to their directories in Windows Explorer.
Note: Newer versions of Windows Explorer may display tag information, e.g. album name or artist. But that is only helpful if those exist for all files.
The Windows Explorer plugin Stexbar extends the functionality of Windows Explorer. One of the new features that is added by the extension is the ability to filter by file name.
The software program adds a new toolbar to Windows Explorer. It might be necessary to restart the computer or the explorer.exe process before the toolbar can be selected under View > Toolbars. It can then be moved around in the toolbars to customize the look and feel of it.
The form at the end of the toolbar can be used to filter by file name. Pressing enter after entering characters in the form will display only files and folders that are matching the phrase that has been entered by the user.
The extension comes with additional features that could be interesting to some users like the option to copy folder or file names and the system path, open a console window or to create custom commands.
The most recent version adds a new tab to the properties dialog. Timestamps provides you with options to modify date and time values of the selected file or folder.
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