If you love having tabs in your browser, then how about adding tabs to Windows Explorer? TabExplorer is free software that adds simple, functional tabs to Windows Explorer, enabling you to visually keep track of all your open windows in once place and quickly jump from one to another.
We’ve seen tabbed Windows explorer before in the guise of the excellent QTTabBar. But while the latter is ambitious and laden with features, TabExplorer keeps things simple and straightforward, providing the tabs and not much else, which for many users will make it more accessible and user friendly.
One feature that TabExplorer does provide, however, is the option to add colors to tabs, as shown above, or keep them uniformly grey, as shown below.
TabExplorer uses about 28 megs in RAM on my system, which is not lightweight but not high either. What I do like about TabExplorer, aside from its sheer simplicity, is that it works fairly well with Windows 7 (this sort of Windows tweak can sometimes be off with Windows 7, but it works well here). It also offers a portable mode, which some users will be happy to hear.
I also like that you can drag and drop individual tabs to add them or separate them from a group of other tabs, Chrome-style. But if I had to ask for one thing it would be this: the ability to copy and/or move files from one tab to another by dragging files onto the tabs. It’s no biggie but it would be great.
Version tested: 1.2.1
Compatibility: Windows 7/Windows Vista/WinXP/Windows 2000
Go to the program page to download the latest version (~4.15 MB).