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UltraExplorer

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UltraExplorer overhauls the file-browsing experience. Many things will seem similar, yet several key features have radically different work flows from the Microsoft file navigator. It also combines the best aspects of Windows Vista's Explorer with those from XP, and then throws in a few spices of its own to come up with a delicious meal of file management.

The UltraExplorer interface is that it's entirely customizable, from the toolbar menu to the various icons, tools, and options that live below. You can permanently hide any of the 17 toolbars and nine windows that come with the program, so you never have to deal with more clutter than is absolutely necessary. Useful features include, but aren't limited to, an address bar, breadcrumb bar, a temporary scratch pad called the Drop Stack, Dual Views for FTP-style management, user-defined mouse gestures and hot keys, support for Total Commander plug-ins, and the Quick Thumbs and Stretch tools, for quickly resizing icons.

Besides a slightly confusing Options menu, UltraExplorer suffers from two main flaws: The file searching is worse than the native Windows Explorer search, and the app doesn't autoreplace Windows Explorer. There is a shell extension included so you can use the Window key plus E to launch UltraExplorer, but it's not the same as having other programs recognize it as the default file browser.

The creator of UltraExplorer has indicated that he's rewriting the entire code for the program, so hopefully these features will be included in the near future. Until then, UltraExplorer remains a very good but not absolutely necessary replacement.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good program."

    August 23, 2012  |   By bbeeusa

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    I using with WXP 3sp and like to be able to see all my files. I have had no problems with this program. I am something of novice computer user, therefore not giving techinal information.

    Cons

    I found no cons.

    Summary

    I like this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ultra Cool"

    April 15, 2009  |   By vicpf

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    Helps eliminate "Windows Explorer Not Responding" error

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    This great program help eliminate the frustrating "Windows Explorer Not Responding" error. Seems to be pretty light on resources. Easy to use with a clean interface.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Became my favorite file manager and explorer"

    February 25, 2009  |   By Jacqueline Goodison

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    Lots of view options. I love the 4 column view. Favorites for locating favorite folders is very convenient. Love the drop stack. Easy to copy/move files. You can view multiple directories at a time.

    Cons

    Would like to make it the default explorer. Help menu could use improvement. Deleted files don't go to recylce bin. But I used Easeus Deleted File Recovery and found the folder I deleted by accident. Only saw cut on right click, not move. (no biggy)

    Summary

    I downloaded this and Risingware (?name) at the same time and found this more lightweight. Both had a learning curve for me, but Ultra Explorer quickly became my favorite. Playing around with all the options first got me used to using it, help needs some help. It is so convenient for locating files and folders when you can't remember exactly where they are because you can view multiple directories at a time. I use the favorites constantly. It's much easier to copy move files through Ultra Explorer than other programs I've used. You can click and drag directly, or if you're not sure where you want files to go and have some major rearranging to do, you just drag the file to the "drop stack" area, then you can copy them individually or in groups where you want. Really helps with organization. (I have to clean up my 8 year old's computer a lot.) You can sort folders by name, type, size, or date. (might be other options). And there are many view choices. (I prefer four column.) I was able to use this when installed on an external drive on a network. However, if you install it directly on your main hard drive you have more right click options from your desktop. As I mentioned in "cons" though - be careful deleting because they don't go into the recyle bin. (Now that I think about it, I may have been using the external drive on a network so maybe that's why - but I'm not sure. I was able to recover them with a Deleted File Recovery program. In summary, this is a great file manager and explorer and I wish they could make it the default explorer! Thank you developers!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "OUTSTANDING !!!!! PERFECTOOOOOOO"

    January 15, 2009  |   By moemen.ahmed

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    Rarely, I have the welling to write such reviews, but after trying UltraExplorer; I just have to.... And to find it for free, outstanding performance and customization. I love it
    One of the best, if not the best of all Explorer replacement

    Cons

    some bugs related to change themes, but still it continue work well

    Summary

    The multi growing into details of folders through the Column View is just great.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well"

    December 28, 2008  |   By John S62

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    Two pane view

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Explorer, How to make it default"

    September 23, 2008  |   By digitelle

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    Great file browser, lots of good tools to play with.

    Cons

    No auto default during installation or first run of UltraExplorer

    Summary

    Here's the trick, just copy below the line, paste in a new doc, edit the directory to point to where you've installed UltraExplorer and save it as a .reg file. Double click on it. This will set UltraExplorer as the default file browser and it's just that simple.

    ------------------------------------- Copy Below ------------------------------------------------

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]
    @="UltraExplorer"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\UltraExplorer]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\UltraExplorer\command]
    @="C:\\Program Files\\UltraExplorer\\UltraExplorer.exe \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell]
    @="UltraExplorer"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\UltraExplorer]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\UltraExplorer\command]
    @="C:\\Program Files\\UltraExplorer\\UltraExplorer.exe \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell]
    @="UltraExplorer"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\UltraExplorer]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\UltraExplorer\command]
    @="C:\\Program Files\\UltraExplorer\\UltraExplorer.exe \"%1\""

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent file utility - my choice over Microsoft"

    September 10, 2008  |   By mnelmes

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    Best is 2 pane viewer and drop box for collecting files for copy or move .

    Cons

    Pity it is not yet for Vista.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unique and spectacular!"

    July 16, 2008  |   By ffinder

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    If you like Mac OSX finder's unique and spectacular Columns View, UltraExplorer has exactly the same and it can do it X2 in dual panes!
    It's Free!

    Cons

    no single clicking to open an item (point to select)
    no Windows Explorer replacement
    not much customization, Directory Opus excels here but it's not free.

    Summary

    For a free file manager offers a lot of features and it's probably the only one that does Mac OSX finder's Columns View for free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best explorer replacement..."

    June 25, 2008  |   By locust990

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    customization, different views, tabs... its all great... better than any other explorer replacement i hav come across

    Cons

    onlw wish it could be the default explorer

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WOW"

    April 24, 2008  |   By jamesgresley

    Version: UltraExplorer 1.5.0.3

    Pros

    For what it does its GREAT, the first and only program of its kind I use more than PowerDesk!

    Cons

    It really could use a FAST file/folder finder and the ability to replace explorer (like PowerDesk does). Also it needs ALOT of work on its options box, so much there and so spread out in tabs that it is easy to looks what you are looking for. It also needs a "reset to defaults" button.

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