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I am looking for a free version of a program which has several windows viewing possibilities at the same time in order to replace my windows explorer.[win xp.]

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Re: explorer replacement

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Can you explain what you mean with "several windows viewing possibilities at the same time". Both My Computer and Windows Explorer let you open multiple windows by just checking "Open new folder in new window" in Tools>Folder Options. Doesn't that suffice?


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display multiple folders

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Thanks Kees for the answer.

Yes, you are right, there is the possibility of opening multiple windows.
what I am looking for is an explorer that allows me to display multiple folders at the same time, and I can view them on the same screen.

Thanks in advance for further help.

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What I use...

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I like the free program Xplorer2. By default it shows three panes...a tree view of all drives/locations as well as two panes for directories. That facilitates the easy copy of files from one directory to another without switching between windows or tiling them. It also supports tabbing, so you can switch between multiple tabs in each pane. It's far more advanced than the standard Windows Explorer so it does takes a little getting used to. There's also a professional version if you want to unlock it's full power.

Another one you may be interested in is Cubic Explorer, which is also free. It's only been in development for 2-3 months now, so it's not a finished product, but it does support tabbing, theming, and a few other advanced features. It's not as powerful as Xplorer2, but it's a lot cleaner and simpler to use. At this time my only complaint is that it does not support the ability to right-click a folder and open it in a new tab. The nicest thing about it, though, is that if you choose the installer-free version, you don't have to install it, meaning you can run it from a flash drive wherever you go.

Hope this helps,

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interesting feautures

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Hi John,

Thank you for your answer and for your suggestions.
I downloaded Xplorer2 and it seems that is a program what I have on my mind.
It also seems to me that I need to learn a lot of feautures of it. Is there a forum here that discuss the use of Xplorer2?
I went and saw that Cubic Explorer and I haven't seen the dual display capability. Did I miss it?

Thanks again.

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There is a forum designed for Xplorer2...it's from the author, not Cnet, and can be found by clicking here and navigating the support page. The downside is that they only receive a couple of posts a week, so it may be a while before you receive a response. Thus, if you want, just stick here...I use it on a regular basis and I'm sure there are a few others too.

As far as Cubic Explorer goes, it doesn't have multiple panes, but it does support multiple tabs. At this time, though, you cannot view multiple tabs at one time. Sad

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for the link.
I see, on the explorer2 forum there is very little activity.
You are right, I will post my questions here.
I am going to invest time to learn the features of this program.
Do you use all the features of this program?


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What I use ...

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free Powerdesk Standard edition from http://www.v-com.com/product/PowerDesk_Free_Trial.html

It's not a trial, it's a unlimited working program, as stated on the site. The Pro version has more features, but I'm happy with the free one. It has two panes (horizontal or vertical) each with its own folder tree. And some other nice features.

You've got something to try now, I think.


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it looks like another great program

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Hi Kees,

Definetely it is a nice program also.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I downloaded it and try it now.
I already have some questions:
1. Do you happen to know how I get that 'In addition the viewer pane is active, showing a selected file's contents.?
How do I get that content view? Or is it just in the pro version?
2. is this program free or it will expire?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

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Re: Powerdesk

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The viewer, I think, is only in the Pro version; I've never seen it. And this one is unlimited. It will show a reminder to buy the Pro version if you close it, and that's all.
One of the things I like for Windows 98 is the integrated zip and unzip capabilities. But with Windows XP it's in the OS.


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for my need

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Thanks for the answer.
I think also that the viewer is in the Pro version.
Without the viewer I can not see that currently I have any use for it.
For the time being I am going to learn that Xplorer2.


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