Q-Dir, Windows Explorer Replacement

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 23, 2010
Software, Windows, Windows software

Q-Dir, the Q stands for Quadro, is a Windows Explorer replacement that offers all that the default file browser in Windows offers, and then a lot more on top of that. The program is offered as a portable version and installer for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows client and server editions.

The reason why the developer has called it Q-Dir becomes apparent on the first start, as it launches a total of four different explorer views in its interface, each with its own file browsing capabilities.


The view mode of every instance can be altered individually which makes file operations like copying or moving a lot easier.

The layout can be altered as well, as it is possible to reduce the number of open Explorer copies and their position in the program interface. It is for instance possible to reduce the number by two, and align the remaining windows vertically instead of horizontally. Even a single file browser window is possible.

But the different layouts are just one of the features that Q-Dir has to offer. Q-Dir offers a wealth of additional features besides the standard feature like showing files and folders in different view modes, drag and drop, folder favorites or file sorting that Windows Explorer offers.

It is furthermore possible to use the items in the Windows Explorer context menu to process files directly in Q-Dir.

The additional features include - among others - displaying folder size information, tabbed browsing, printing, a screen magnifier, exporting data and several filters to highlight files or filter the results in the file browser.

The display settings and options are very extensive, and it definitely takes more than a few minutes to get accustomed to them. It is for instance possible to enable a color filter for specific file types, define program shortcuts and file associations as well as view modes, and the details that are displayed by default in the program interface.

Finally, it is possible to save the current state of the program, to open it at a later time to continue the last session.

windows explorer replacement
windows explorer replacement

Q-Dir is an excellent Windows Explorer replacement that offers many features that Windows users have requested for some time. The multi-lingual program can be downloaded at the developer's website.


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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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