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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 7, 2008

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.3.1

Version 2.0.3.1 has fixed a bug in the writing of the Options to the options file fix from 2.0.3.0 and 2.0.3.0 would crash on a restart after opening once and saving the Options file.

General

Release July 27, 2009
Date Added July 26, 2009
Version 2.0.3.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 40,379
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

UltraExplorer is designed to be the ultimate File Manager for Microsoft Windows. The user interface is completely customizable. You can hide or show as many of the featured windows, dock them in other places or let them float as free standing windows. The same is true for the tool bars as well. You can even move buttons from toolbars to other toolbars and assign your own short cuts keys. Some of the key features of UltraExplorer are: drop stack window, favorites window, command line window, filter window, folders window, history window, list view window, and tabbed folders.

Version 2.0.3.1 has fixed a bug in the writing of the Options to the options file fix from 2.0.3.0 and 2.0.3.0 would crash on a restart after opening once and saving the Options file.