Windows Explorer Alternative Ultra Explorer

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 29, 2009
Updated • Sep 3, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Microsoft's Windows Explorer is the basic file explorer for the Windows operating system. It's functionality has not changed a lot since its early days and Windows Explorer alternatives have been thriving ever since it was introduced by Microsoft. Ultra Explorer is a free Windows Explorer replacement that can be downloaded as a portable version or as one that needs to be installed. It is compatible with most Microsoft operating systems including the recently released Windows 7.

Like every good Windows Explorer replacement Ultra Explorer offers many features and options that make file management in Windows a lot easier. Some of the highlights that it introduces are favorite folders and files that can be defined and accessed more quickly, a history to open recently opened files and folders faster or tabs to open multiple folders in its interface without spawning multiple windows.

Ultra Explorer feature list:

  • Breadcrumb Bar to quickly move back up through the folder path
  • Fast Access to Common Tasks through Detachable Toolbars
  • Task Window - The Task window accepts plug in DLLs to extend UltraExplorer beyond its powerful built in capablilites
  • Tabbed Folders
  • Listview Window - A secondary listview window that can be used identical to the fixed listview. Allows for a dual listview display if desired.
  • History Window
  • Folders Window - Ultra fast Folder treeview that is positionable anywhere in the application.
  • Filter Window
  • Command Line Window
  • Favorites Window
  • Drop Stack Window

Keyboard shortcuts are available to launch selected actions even faster. Hundreds of shortcuts can be mapped to keyboard shortcuts with dozens already available by default. It is for example possible to create folders and new tabs or to copy and move files with keyboard shortcuts. The interface can be customized by dragging and dropping menus with the mouse. Additional customizations are available in the menus and options to display only the menus and options that the user wants to use.

It certainly takes some time to get accustomed to the new options and possibilities that Ultra Explorer offers. Even experienced users may need their time to use the full potential of the software program. Ultra Explorer can be downloaded from the developer's website.

Update: The Ultra Explorer website is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest version of the program to our own servers from where you can download it: [Download not found]


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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