Which file explorer do you use?


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Hello community!

Despite 3rd party file managers being far more capable in terms of functionality, I tend to stick with the stock file explorer on both my Windows laptop as well as on my Mac.

I have never used (except for casual testing) 3rd party file explorer on Windows. On my Mac, I have purchased a couple of great file managers, although I use them only for specific tasks that Finder (the built-in file manager on Mac) can't perform (e.g. connecting to SFTP/ FTP server, etc.).

While I'm not sure why I have this preference to stick with the built-in file managers despite their limited functionality, I guess it probably is their simplicity.

Which file explorer do you use regularly and why?
 

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File Explorer and Terminal (Command & PowerShell). Anything the Explorer GUI cannot do Terminal can.
 

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For general file management I find that Windows explorer is all that I need, However for more specific filetypes I rely on specialist File Database Management applications, For my Images I use Adobe Lightroom, for Music and Video I use Mediamonkey 5 Gold.

for example I automatically rename Image files by date from the internal Metadata in the file when Importing them - as this is done in reverse order [YYYY-MM-DD.HH-MM.SS.nn.Ext] it will automatically sort in order. these files can then be automatically added to collections that are based on other Metadata, or searched quickly within Lightroom including the descriptive metadata/keywords added by the camera or manually.
 

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I use the Windows File Explorer, but I do have the ribbon restored.
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A long time Directory Opus user here.
 

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Hello community!

Despite 3rd party file managers being far more capable in terms of functionality, I tend to stick with the stock file explorer on both my Windows laptop as well as on my Mac.

Windows Explorer. "Sometimes" Adobe Bridge for photos, but it's mostly Windows Explorer.
 

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Windows Explorer. "Sometimes" Adobe Bridge for photos, but it's mostly Windows Explorer.
Windows explorer for me also
 

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Xplorer2 - registered/paid version on main computer and Lite (freeware) version on others

(Not much more in paid version that I need cf. Lite version anyway)
 

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1.Q-Dir (free).

2.Directory Opus Pro Edition (Paid).

3.Windows Explorer (built-in).

4.ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2022 (paid).

Depend on file type I using above.
 

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The built in Windows File Explorer.
It covers all my needs, so there is no point adding a 3rd party application.
 

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As I said, I use Directory Opus. But regardless of which one you prefer, once you've discovered how productive a tabbed file manager is, you'll find it very hard to go back to an unproductive single pane, single tab file manager.

And while we're on this topic, I am puzzled as to why Microsoft hasn't moved to a tabbed file manager in Windows.
Windows 11 includes all the non-productive nonsense that people are scrambling to reverse, but they couldn't couldn't look over the horizon and include something useful like a tabbed file manager. Third party ones have been around for decades.
 

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    ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS
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    SK Hynix 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) HMA82GS6CJR8N-VK 16 GB DDR4-2666 DDR4 SDRAM
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
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    Realtek ALC294
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    Samsung SSD 860 QVO 4TB 4 TB, SATA-III
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    Razer DeathAdder Essential
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    PC/AT Enhanced PS2 Keyboard (101/102-Key)
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I'm using it because it can filter so much easier than Windows Search, and I can Export it to an file.
 

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    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME B350-PLUS
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    16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 @3000Mhz
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    ASUS - GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB TUF GAMING OC
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    On Board Realtec
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    Acer KA241
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    1920 x 1080 @60Hz
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    240GB PNY CS900 SSD - OS
    2 x 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD
    1 x 500GB Crucial MX300 SSD
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001-1ER164
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM008-2FR102
    PSU
    750 Watt Corsair TX750 Plus
    Case
    Cooler Master 690 III
    Cooling
    Akasa AK98 5 Case Fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270 - wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech - M185 wireless
    Internet Speed
    BT Fibre 75 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Use hardware KVM to switch monitors on three PCs and software (input director) to use mouse and keyboard on all 4 PCs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 build 22621.382
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3881 - modified with SFX PSU fitted internally
    CPU
    Intel i5 - 10400
    Motherboard
    Dell 032w55 version A00
    Memory
    16GB of HyperX Fury @ 2133 Mhz
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 6GB GTX 1060.
    Sound Card
    Builtin
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ACER KA241
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK hynix NVMe
    1TB Western Digital WD10EZEX-75WN4A1
    PSU
    Modular 450 Watt Corsair SF450 Platinum ( Mod to replace the Dell 265 Watt PSU)
    Case
    Inspiron Small Desktop
    Cooling
    Dell stock cooler
    Mouse
    Dell
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    BT Fibre 75 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Use hardware KVM to switch monitors on three PCs and software (input director) to use mouse and keyboard on all 4 PCs.

Edwin

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I am puzzled as to why Microsoft hasn't moved to a tabbed file manager in Windows.
They tried with Sets but I think Stardock tried to sue their a$$ over it! It's just hearsay but I betcha they did! :wink:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook

idgat

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Newcastle NSW AUS
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Windows 11
The built in Windows File Explorer.
It covers all my needs, so there is no point adding a 3rd party application.
Some users may see a valid need for 3rd party software, so saying there's no point is patently wrong!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel i5-9400
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 1TB SSDs
    Internet Speed
    Classic Australian w.a.p.
    Antivirus
    KIS

Hollywood

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Windows 11
Back in the DOS days I liked Xtree. Someone made a Windows version called Ztree which I bought and used for several years, then he reneged on his lifetime upgrade agreement. I since found the built in Explorer does most of my needs. Bulk ReNaming is the only thing I do outside Explorer. Renaming is easy with most picture viewers or I use ReNamer Lite 7.2.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11

jaree1961

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Brisbane Australia
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Windows 11 Pro 21H2 Build-10.0.22000.795
Some users may see a valid need for 3rd party software, so saying there's no point is patently wrong!
Who was talking about anyone else, not me.
Read WHAT I said:-
"It covers all my needs, so there is no point adding a 3rd party application."
Why would I add something I have no use for?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 Build-10.0.22000.795
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Intel S1200 Core i3 10105
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte S1200 MicroATX B560M DS3H DDR4
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GT710 2GB PCIe Video Card
    Sound Card
    Realtek® Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual Acer 24in
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial P1 M.2 PCIe SSD
    PSU
    500W
    Case
    Thermaltake ATX Versa H21 Case
    Cooling
    Internal fans by (3)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 850
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless mouse
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps / 20Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender, Malwarebyte
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 Build-22000.795
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home built Test-PC
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460 CPU @ 3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS S1150 MicroATX B85M-E
    Memory
    12.0 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Video Card
    Sound Card
    Integrated Sound Card
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Chimei 22"
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    120GB WD 2.5" Green SATA 6Gb/s SSD
    1TB WD 3.5" 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s Caviar Blue
    PSU
    400W
    Case
    Cougar MicroATX MG100 Case Black
    Cooling
    Deepcool 120mm Case Fan
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless keyboard
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps / 20Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Only running Win 11 on this PC for test purposes
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