Well the title of this article is a little misleading but I wanted to make sure that people understood what alternatives were available for Windows 7 Windows Explorer. I just got done writing another article about my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit and QTTabBar experiences which can be read here. To summarize I have been using QTTabBar on Windows XP for over a year and was very happy with the results but once I installed QTTabBar on Windows 7 I started having all sorts of issues. This sent me into a panic looking for alternatives because I used the Windows Explorer tabbed functionality all of the time. I am happy to say that I found an even better alternative for Windows Explorer tabs on Windows 7 by installing a Windows Explorer replacement called CubicExplorer. Continuing reading to discover the benefits of CubicExplorer as well as why using an alternative to Windows Explorer on Windows 7 really isn’t so bad.
CubicExplorer Rocks As An Alternative To Windows Explorer:
First off let me start by saying that installing CubicExplorer does not get rid of Windows Explorer but it does allow you to use CubicExplorer the majority of the time. There are definitely times where you will still use Windows Explorer but I am confident when you are navigating numerous folders at the same time you will prefer CubicExplorer. First off you can download CubicExplorer by clicking here. At the time of writing this article the current version is 0.90 as displayed in the About CubicExplorer image below.
About CubicExplorer: Installed On Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
After you install CubicExplorer you will realize right away that it is much less intensive than Windows Explorer. You will notice that even if you have multiple tabs (folders, drives, etc) configured to open when you launch the application it still feels very lightweight. CubicExplorer provides all sorts of toolbars and configuration options that pretty much guarantee you are going to find the right configuration for you.
CubicExplorer Example: Displaying Some Configuration Options
As you can see in the above image CubicExplorer not only looks nice but it packs tons of functionality. There are over a dozen themes available on initial installation and you literally can configure folders, directories, and/or drives to open with any details you want on launch. The tabs allow you to open as many folders in the same window as you want. Windows Explorer requires you to open a new window for each folder thus bogging down your system resources and creating a mess on your desktop. The image below shows an example of how CubicExplorer can be launched to overcome the lack of tabs in Windows Explorer on Windows 7.
Windows 7 Windows Explorer Tabs Alternative: CubicExplorer
So when I initially received my new laptop with Windows 7 I had pinned Windows Explorer to the taskbar so I could easily launch folders when I needed to without having to click the Start button and navigate the pop up menu to Computer or something similar. Now instead of Windows Explorer I have pinned CubicExplorer to to the taskbar so it is always one click away. When I click CubicExplorer from the taskbar it launches with all of my most used folders open so I am always two clicks away from these popular folders. To pin a new application to the Windows 7 taskbar simply launch the application, when it displays in the Windows 7 taskbar right click on it, and then select Pin This Program To The Taskbar. Now even after you close the application the icon will reside on the Windows 7 taskbar for easy launch access.
If you end up using CubicExplorer you should consider donating a couple dollars if you can afford it to their developers. It is guys who make software like this and release it as freeware who make our lives easier.