Most of us are pretty happy with the way Windows Explorer functions (Barring Windows 8). But there are a few features, which if offered would definitely come in handy. Explorer lets you open folders in new windows with a couple of clicks, it is definitely not the the most convenient task to navigate between multiple windows.
Add “tabs” to Windows Explorer, in lieu of hopping between cumbersome multiple windows and we have a winner. The makers of the intuitive Free Instagram Downloader for PC iWesoft, have just the app that does this with ease, in their kitty: TabExplorer.
Download: TabExplorer [4.5 MB]
TabExplorer claims to run on any version of Windows starting with Windows 2000, although I am pretty skeptical how well it would fit on the Windows 2000 and XP’s Windows Explorer though.
Yet Another Windows Explorer Replacement? Nah
TabExplorer is not a Windows Explorer replacement. Instead it merely adds tabs on top of the stock Windows Explorer. TabExplorer runs in the background and you can disable or enable tabs via the system tray icon anytime.
Features of TabExplorer
- Acts like an addon for Windows Explorer, not another replacement
- Extremely easy to setup and use
- Can autostart on boot
- Can run in portable mode
- Supports colored tabs
- Mimics tab behaviors of modern web-browsers
- It is free!
Installation and Usage
A straightforward affair. You just need to run the setup, launch TabExplorer and enable tabs. You can configure the tool from the system tray although there is hardly any customization offered. Rainbow tab when enabled just sets a different color for every tab. Pretty helpful feature to keep you from getting lost amidst multitude of tabs.
Although the tabs looked slightly out of place on Windows Explorer, it saved me a lot of time during my everyday tasks. The coolest part of TabExplorer is that it completely mimics tab behaviors that we see in modern web-browsers. Tab dragging (dragging a tab creates a separate window or merges it with the existing one), Tab lists and new tab button are all well implemented.
TabExplorer supports out of the box portable mode support as well. You just need to enable portable mode in the Help tab which will move the application settings to the install location, so that you can conveniently carry the app on a flash drive. This feature can be especially useful for IT pros who usually work on different systems in their workplace without admin access.
Although extremely useful, TabExplorer is far from perfect. The tabs are tidy but they look clamped on top of the Windows Explorer. Other issue is, TabExplorer does not let you unify Windows Explorer labels in the taskbar. It feels like using tab previews in Firefox or Internet Explorer 9/10, which I am not a great fan of. Also the app opens Control Panel, Windows Updates’ windows as tabs. Again, irksome.
Though it falls short of some features, the app is a massive productivity booster and time saver for sure.