A few weeks ago, I saw a new freeware Explorer replacement called Windows Double Explorer(or WDE). I downloaded it, tried it out, and it didn’t work. I moved on, thinking nothing more about it. I ran into it again recently, and I saw that it only works in Windows 7. The first time I used it, I had tried it in Windows XP. So, all this time I was missing out because I didn’t read the description closely.
WDE is available in two download packages. One download is a standard MSI installer so that it’s easily installed as you would most apps. The other download is labeled Copy and Run, but you might understand that better if I call it the portableversion. The Copy and Runversion is simply a zip file that you will have to unpack into a folder to run. I’ve read that this app does not write to the registry so it really can be considered portable.
After trying it in Windows 7, I can now show you some of the fine features of this application.
Windows Double Explorer allows you to view two or more folders in the same window. This makes dragging, dropping, copying, pasting and organizing so much simpler than the typical Windows Explorer. However, that’s only the tip of it’s iceberg full of features. Here’s a detailed look at WDE.
A. In this section, you can quickly change the layout from side-by-side to top-over-bottom. Clicking on the 1and 2can show you each explorer pane by itself as well.
B. You can drag and drop folders onto this Favorites Bar, and they’ll stay there as long as you need them. This makes for super-fast navigation.
C. In this section are a few standard tools such as Root, Folder Up,Back, Forwardand Delete.
D. Here are the tabs. You can right click on them and add as many tabs as you need. If you need to work in more folders, open up more tabs.
E. Here’s where you access the standard file and folder operations that are featured in normal Explorer windows.
I’m not done yet, there’s even more to show you.
F. What you see above is only a portion of the long list that’s displayed when you click on the Known Foldersmenu. It displays twenty or thirty common folders in Windows 7 that you may need to access quickly.
I hope that’s enough to give you a good taste. There’s more I haven’t covered because I’m still learning to use it.
Here’s the website for Windows Double Explorer.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you feel the need for more efficiency when you’re organizing files, this app is a great helper. The only thing I didn’t like, was that the application does take a few seconds to start. Since that’s the case, I’ve learned to keep it minimized while it’s not being used. This is a very new program and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for updates and improvements.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5
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