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The Best Three Alternatives to File Explorer in Windows 10 May 2019 Update 

Despite receiving a few improvements here and there, as well as a black theme, File Explorer hasn’t evolved in a significant manner in the most recent Windows 10 feature updates.

 

Despite receiving a few improvements here and there, as well as a black theme, File Explorer hasn’t evolved in a significant manner in the most recent Windows 10 feature updates.

 

As the default file manager in Windows, File Explorer is still lacking key features, like tab support, albeit Microsoft is actually working on adding this at some point in the future.

In the meantime, while File Explorer leaves so much to be desired, the software market is full of third-party file managers that come with impressive lists of features.

Today, we’re going to discuss three of the most popular, though you can also find others that are worth a try at the end of the article. As an alternative, I recommend you to check the file manager category on our Windows software section, as there are quite a lot of gems in there that could help you leave File Explorer behind once and for all.

This article includes the highlights of two different shareware file managers and one freeware app, which you can use without paying for a license as long as you want.Xplorer2As its name suggests, 

 

xplorer2 is a file manager that comes with the essential feature package for such an app.

xplorer2 ships with a clean and straightforward interface that also includes tabs, the feature that everyone seems to drool after these days. It takes a while until you get used to its UI and figure out which feature is which, but when it finally happens, you’ll see that xplorer2 has so much more to offer than the basic File Explorer.

For example, the app comes with its built-in file viewer with thumbnail support, archive handling for the ZIP format, a multi-rename feature, drag and drop support, filename color coding, and macros for easier and automated file management.

xplorer2 also boasts a duplicate file finder, as well as a folder comparison option and, very important for users of older Windows versions, dual panes and a document previewer.

Xplorer2 on Windows
 
                    Xplorer2 on Windows
 
                   Xplorer2 on Windows
 

 

Explorer++ If you’re looking for something that boasts a more familiar interface, Explorer++ could be the best choice for you.

The UI looks a lot like the one in File Explorer, but on the other hand, you get lots of extra features, including tab support, drag and drop, bookmarks, a built-in search tool, and a fully customizable interface.

Explorer++ also comes with keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation. The app is fully portable, so you can very well copy all its contents to a USB drive and then launch it on other devices too.

Explorer++ is available free of charge and supports all Windows 10 versions.

 

Explorer++ on Windows
 
                     Explorer++ on Windows
 
                    Explorer++ on Windows
 
Total CommanderJust like Xplorer2 file manager, Total Commander is available with a paid license. A trial, however, is available if you want to try it out.

And while many users might not like this, you really need to try out Total Commander to understand why paying for a license might actually be worth it.

This is one of the most advanced file managers available right now on Windows, and you get pretty much everything you’d expect in such an app. Just name it, and it’s there. Total Commander not only that comes with all of the above, but also with its very own FTP client, a built-in archiver with support for long paths and file names, a super-advanced search feature, and even multi-language support.

Total Commander also supports all Windows 10 versions, and it receives updates regularly.
 
Total Commander on Windows   
 
                   Total Commander on Windows
 
                 Total Commander on Windows
 



Other file managers that are worth a try are EF CommanderXYplorer(free but discontinued), Directory OpusFreeCommander, and Blue Explorer (this one, however, hasn’t received an update in a long time).

 

 

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