Double Explorer Adds Dual-Pane File Browsing To Windows

Double Explorer Adds Dual-Pane File Browsing To Windows

Windows only: Replacement file manager Double Explorer adds tabbed browsing and a dual-pane view for navigating your files, but unlike a full replacement application, it embeds a normal Windows Explorer screen into each pane.

The biggest problem with many of the alternative file managers is that some of your shell extensions aren’t going to work anymore, so Double Explorer simply loads up the Windows Explorer view for each tab or pane that you are browsing in. Once you’ve installed Double Explorer and launched the application, you can simply start browsing and accessing your files — though you might want to turn off the navigation pane if you’ve got a small screen.

The application also has some nice extra features, like a favourite folders toolbar, and it remembers your latest locations when you restart. Double Explorer is free and open source, available for Windows only. Readers might note that it’s still a little rough around the edges in some places, but definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a new file management application.

Windows Double Explorer [CodePlex via TinyHacker]


  • I would have liked to say it’s about bloody time, the one thing Explorer has always lacked was a dual Explorer. I mean come on, they’ve been around for years! This one however is a bit of a hodge podge. Don’t get me wrong it’s a step in the right direction, and I would have used it and said hooray! if I hadn’t found a little vbs script called “Side by Side” awhile ago, which I have to say is cleaner and easier to use (no install). You can find it here. “” You just place the little script in your task bar next to the Explorer icon or wherever you want. Bring up two Explorers, click “side by side” and whallah! dual explorer’s. A little tip though, if you have more than two programs up, minimize the ones you don’t want side by side first.

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