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windows explorer alternativeI think we can safely say that one of the most used applications in any computer OS is the file manager. Since these kinds of applications are always in the front line and expected to run all the time, not only should they be very durable but they should also be very user friendly.

The default file manager under Windows is of course Windows Explorer. While most users can get along just fine with this application, there are quite a few areas where it could be improved for the better. That’s why there are Windows Explorer alternatives Replace Windows Explorer With A More Powerful Alternative Replace Windows Explorer With A More Powerful Alternative Read More out there. One of them is SE-Explorer, which gives users much more than just the ability to manage files and folders.

SE-Explorer is a free application which is also available as a portable app. Let’s take a peek at what this application can do, and whether you could use as a Windows Explorer alternative.

It Comes With Tabs

If you’d like to try this application, you can download either the installer or the compressed portable version (or both). I personally prefer the portable version, as it’s more mobile and gives users similar features. Moreover, I can place it in my Dropbox folder so it will always be ready at every computer that I use. The file size is very small, less than 2.5 MB, so the download should be done quickly.

The first thing that you will notice about the app is the tabs. SE-Explorer will begin the sessions with three basic tabs: file manager, file search, and size scanner. The file manager will show you the content of your drive with all the basic managerial functions (like copy and move) and quick access to all of the mounted drives on your computer.

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File search is exactly what the name says. It allows you to do basic and advanced searching of everything inside your hard drive. I don’t have the tools and expertise to do a comparison, but I personally feel that SE-Explorer’s search function is much speedier than the default Windows search feature.

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Size Scanner comes with several scan options, but the most useful one for me is the “Top largest files” as it allows me to find which files consume the largest portion of my storage.

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After you have the results of the file search or size scan, you can save the list as text files for future reference. This is another useful feature that you won’t find on Windows Explorer.

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More Useful Features

Aside from the features mentioned above, SE-Explorer also comes with several other more useful features. One of them is the ability to compare files and folders.

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Even though most normal users might never need to compare files, it would be very handy for programmers, web designers, or those who have lines of codes for breakfast.

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On the other hand, every computer user could use the folder comparing feature once in a while, especially if they keep several copies of a folder in different places as backups and do a lot of folder synchronizing.

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SE-Explorer gives you quick access to the command line via the address field on the location bar under the file manager tab. Just write down the command, hit enter, and the action will be performed inside the open command line window.

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More customizations are available via the “Options” window.

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As a nice bonus, SE-Explorer comes with a media player. The player will open in a new tab and will play pretty much everything that you throw at it. The player managed my collection of common multimedia files with no problem.

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To know more about other things that SE-Explorer can do, there’s a features list on the app’s homepage.

To sum things up, I think SE-Explorer is a solid files And folder manager with many useful features. If you are looking for a viable Windows Explorer alternative, this app could serve you well.

If you have your own personal alternative(s) to Windows Explorer, please feel free to share them using the comments section below.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    FileVista is a web file manager for storing, managing and sharing files online through your web browser. It is a web based software which you install on your web server to fulfill web file management requirements of your company or organization. This web file manager allows your users to upload, download and organize any type of file with an intuitive user interface.

  2. Ed
    January 3, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Why would you save it to your dropbox? What is the difference between getting it from there or the SE website?

  3. simoness
    January 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    FileVista is a web file manager for storing, managing and sharing files online through your web browser. It is a web based software which you install on your web server to fulfill web file management requirements of your company or organization. This web file manager allows your users to upload, download and organize any type of file with an intuitive user interface.

    online file manager

  4. simoness
    January 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    online file manager

    FileVista is a web file manager for storing, managing and sharing files online through your web browser. It is a web based software which you install on your web server to fulfill web file management requirements of your company or organization. This web file manager allows your users to upload, download and organize any type of file with an intuitive user interface.

  5. Aibek
    December 10, 2010 at 7:12 am

    also check out following MUO article,

    The 5 Good Free Windows File Managers
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/t...

  6. seenu
    December 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    really good, i use Free commander as a file manager. the above all features(excluding tabs) are present in fc.

  7. Tim
    December 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I've used Q-Dir, Xplorer², and a couple of other alternatives, but the best I've found by far is FreeCommander. It supports both tabbed and dual panel browsing, bookmarking locations (including bookmarking multiple folders to open simultaneously), file comparison, built-in archive support (ZIP, CAB, RAR), creates and verifies MD5 checksums, splitting and joining files, folder comparison and synchronization, modification of file date and attributes, file searching (including inside archives), and it has a built in file viewer. Best of all it's completely free and also portable.

  8. Tim
    December 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I've used Q-Dir, Xplorer², and a couple of other alternatives, but the best I've found by far is FreeCommander. It supports both tabbed and dual panel browsing, bookmarking locations (including bookmarking multiple folders to open simultaneously), file comparison, built-in archive support (ZIP, CAB, RAR), creates and verifies MD5 checksums, splitting and joining files, folder comparison and synchronization, modification of file date and attributes, file searching (including inside archives), and it has a built in file viewer. Best of all it's completely free and also portable.

  9. csaba
    December 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Try Zabkat Xplorer2 !!! the best one

    • Aibek
      December 10, 2010 at 6:13 am

      Never heard of this one, thanks for the input.

  10. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 3:37 am

    What would the Q-Dir users say makes it better than SE-Explorer? I'm not familiar with either really, but I like the idea of file compare, file size & tabs

  11. Mmatos
    December 2, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Q-dir is the way to go.

  12. Sayan
    December 2, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for letting us know of this tool... I am going to install it right away!
    Just a quick fact about our plain vanilla Windows Explorer: it can also run commands directly from the address bar. At least ping works haven't tried other commands. But now I am moving to SE explorer

  13. Sayan
    December 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Thanks for letting us know of this tool... I am going to install it right away!
    Just a quick fact about our plain vanilla Windows Explorer: it can also run commands directly from the address bar. At least ping works haven't tried other commands. But now I am moving to SE explorer

  14. Anomaly
    December 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    There are a ton of these file managers out there. I have tried too many to count. I settled on Q-Dir. Tabs, quad pane, portable, free, and many other nice features.

    • Aibek
      December 10, 2010 at 6:11 am

      yep, that's another good one

  15. flipper
    December 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks for the app. Have been looking for such a thing since upgrading to Win7.

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