FileBox eXtender gives one click access to Windows folders

FileBox eXtender gives one click access to Windows folders

As you know if you've been reading Lifehacker for any length of time, we review a *lot* of software apps, addons and the like. Some of them you check out and then move on. Others, like FileBox eXtender, get downloaded for keeps. The reason why I leapt on this app is that it solves the annoying problem of having to click through folder tree after folder tree in Windows to get to the one you want.
Basically, it adds "favourites" and "recently accessed" buttons to the standard Windows "File Open"  and "File Save" dialog boxes and Explorer folders. This means you can access the folders and documents you use most often with just one click. In my case, it means I can save myself time and annoying mouseclicks when uploading photos to my Moveable Type blog. Very pleasing.
The screenshot shows the drop down FileBox eXtender menu, with your favourite destinations. Note the option to add the current file or folder to the drop menu. Nice. Note that you'll need to register the app to be able to add more than two favourites.

The little push pin icon is for another FileBox eXtender feature, which allows you to pin that page to the top of your display.
FileBox eXtender is freeware, works on Windows. Kudus to its publisher, Hyperionics, for having a control panel and decent configuration instructions online, too.

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  • I’ve had Vcom’s excellent dual pane explorer replacement forever as my file manager (Power Desk) and it comes with an additional proggy called Dialog Helper which also adds the recent file dialog (and a recent folder dialog) button to open and save(as) dialogs. If you use WindowsBlinds the buttons are hidden but the functionality is still there – you just have to guess where the buttons are!
    This is a time and frustration saver extraordinaire so if filebox eXtender does this well I can recommend it easily. You can still get a freeware version of powerdesk which comes with Dialog Helper at

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