15 Essential Windows Explorer Addons

Copy files faster:
Total Copy is an improved version of Windows’ copy-function which copies slightly faster than Windows. With this app you can pause the copy-processes, and continue later. The best part of this app is that you can resume the copy process when you restart your pc. This is really helpful especially in case of power-loss or system-crash.
How to use?
When you normally copy something in Windows, you drag the files from one folder to another using your left mousebutton. If you drag the files using the right mousebutton, you will get a menu like the one to the right.
Now, select “Total Copy here” instead of Window’s “Copy here”.
Download Total Copy

Piky Basket:
Piky Basket is a small utility which works as a replacement for the Windows file copy/paste operation. It saves your time and effort when working with files and folders. With Piky Basket you can reduce repetitive tasks when copying or moving files and folders in Windows. It is really helpful if you are copying same set of files to different locations. It is integrated with Windows Explorer; you do not have to run Piky Basket as a separate program. Just right click on any file or folder and access the menu.

What you can do with Piky Basket:
Select files which have to be copied and drop them in the Piky basket.
Piky Basket can get the file paths of the selected files/folders in Windows Explorer. All you need to do is select ‘Copy Paths to Clipboard’ and then paste the paths where ever you like.
Launch Command Prompt (DOS Prompt) from the selected folder in Windows Explorer.
Download Piky Basket

InfoTag Magic:
InfoTag Magic displays extra data stored in the tag fields of MP3, WMA, APE and Ogg Vorbis files in a tooltip window when mouse pointer is hovered over a file in Windows Explorer. It also provides a quick preview for plain text files, shortcuts properties and version information of executable files.

Download InfoTag Magic

Folder Size:
Windows Explorer doesn’t show the folder size when you select the ‘details’ explorer view. There’s a small app which will show the folder size when you switch to ‘details’ view. You can download the app here.

Vista Breadcrumbs bar:
You might have seen the unique Windows Vista navigation feature referred to as “breadcrumbs”. Some of you might have liked it as it allows you to have a much better view of the folder’s contents. There’s a small app known as “QTAddressBar” which helps you to get the bar in Xp.

Follow the below instructions to install it:
1. Download QTAddressBar from here (official site) and extract it.
2. Double click to start the installer
3. Click the Next button to register proceed with the installation.
4. Now you need to log off and on.
5. Right-click on the toolbars area and do these two actions and choose “Deselect Address Bar”
6. Now select the “QT Breadcrumbs Address Bar”

QTTabBar- Tabbed navigation in Explorer:
QTTabBar is a small app which brings tabbed navigation in Windows explorer. This app is really helpful as it reduces the clutter when many windows are open at the same.

Download QTTabBar

Y’z Toolbar:
Using Y’z Toolbar you can customize the explorer toolbar and icons. You can also create your and add your own themes.
Download Y’s toolbar from here.

Visual Task Tips:
In Vista, you might have seen a feature which shows the thumbnail preview image for each task in the Windows Taskbar. There’s a small utility known as Visual Task Tips which does the same in Windows XP. It’s just 100kb in size and is very light on resources. To install it just double click on the installer and reboot. Now just move the cursor to any task in taskbar to see the Visual Task Tips in action.

Download Visual Task Tips

FileMenu Tools:
FileMenu Tools allows you to customize the context menu of the Windows Explorer.
What you can do with Filemenu:
You can add some build-in utilities in order to do operations over files and folders.
Enable/disable the commands which are added by other applications to the context menu.
Add customized commands which let run external applications, copy/move to a specific folder or delete specific file types.
You can also configure the “Send to…” option.

Download FileMenu Tools

Save your Desktop Icon layout:
If you share your PC with someone else then you might get bugged at times when the settings, icon layouts, wallpaper, etc are changed. I have seen many people who have loads of icons on their Desktops, you can hardly see the desktop wallpaper because of the huge number of icons. Such people don’t like to get their icons get mixed up, as fetching for a particular icon in that mess is really painful. Well, there’s a program which saves your desktop icon layout and restores it whenever you want in order to save you from the trouble of fetching your icon.The application is just 248kb in size and is compatible with Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It very user friendly and installs in a few seconds.

To save the icon layout you need to right click on your desktop and select ‘Save Desktop..’ and click ‘ok’

Now you can restore the layout whenever it gets messed up by right clicking on desktop and selecting ‘Restore Desktop’

Download Desktop restore[link2]

Vista Drive Icons:
This tool changes the plain old drive icons to all new funky drive icons with horizontal bar below them indicating the storage space used. When the drive’s empty it will be blank, when it’s almost full the bar color changes to red.

Vista Drive Icon v1.3 (exe) – 131 KB

Clickie:
Clickie is a small app that will add 2 features to the context menu of Windows Explorer. The first one- ‘Copy Path Name’ – copies the path name of the selected item to the clipboard as normal text. The other is ‘Open MS Dos Prompt’ which opens a DOS window in the selected directory.

Download Clickie

That’s it for now people, hope you liked them. If you get hold of more feel free to mention here. I’ll add to the list.

Backup To Email:

Right click and backup any file or folder to your email account, no limit on file size, files larger than 10MB are being split.

TrayIt- Minimize Windows to Your System Tray using TrayIt:

TrayIt is an application which allows you to save the precious Taskbar space by minimizing windows in to the system tray (the one located in the right bottom of your screen). Each minimized window will be represented as a small icon in the system tray.

FolderBox:

It displays additional folders in the lower part of Explorer, which enables you to display the contents of two folders at once.

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Discussion

22 comments for “15 Essential Windows Explorer Addons”

  • Anthony

    Gotta love this list.

    Personally I’d never be without folder guide.

    Find it at http://www.freeware365.com/desktop/folderguide.htm

    Adds a context menu shortcut to any folder you specify.

    Dead handy.

  • tkp

    Top finds ! Some really useful little apps which will make life just that extra bit easier .

  • Bob

    As is often the case, the comments are as good as, or better than, the original article. Thanks Anthony for your comment about Folder Guide! I downloaded it and love it. I had never heard of it and it is exactly what I needed.

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  • http://www.pliggs.com Geoserv

    STUMBLED!

    I like the Y’z toolbar one, will need to download and give it a try.

    VOTED for your list at:
    http://www.newsdots.com/software/14-essential-windows-explorer-addons-bizzntech/

  • http://dmasq.blogspot.com Dan

    Great post! I usually don’t find anything worth having in posts like this, but I definitely found 2 worth having! Thanks!

  • http://www.bizzntech.com Joel

    Thanks Dan…
    I’ll add more to the list as soon as I get hold of em

  • http://www.big-nerd.com big-nerd

    Im a big fan of: http://www.launchy.net

    Basically, you hit ALT+ SPACE together, and type the first 3-4 letters of the application you want to open, and it auto completes, and you press enter.
    I never enter the start bar anymore.

    I really advise you give this small application a try.

  • http://www.informednetworker.com David Mackey

    Very nice list. Especially the save desktop layout.

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  • Mojo

    You should also add MyExplorerBar to the list, it’s great, small, doesn’t use netframework, etc.
    http://www.pitrinec.com/meb.zip

    This is original page(description) but I don’t know how to download from here http://www.pitrinec.com/meb_index.htm

  • http://www.bizzntech.com Joel

    Thanks for that mojo.. Looks interesting, will add to the post as soon as possible

  • Mojo

    I forget StExBar, great addon too.
    Similar to “Standard Buttons” toolbar, but extended. You can have “New Folder” button, “Rename”, “Console”, “Selection mask”, Copy file path, Copy file name, Open selected file with “your app”(Notepad for example), Open app button etc.

    http://code.google.com/p/stexbar/downloads/list

  • archer

    qttabbar does so much more than stated here. it, like folder guide, is an app i’d hate to be without.

    a few of my favs:
    traybar
    flashpaste
    dm2
    sizer
    kill process
    file targets
    unlocker

  • Kent Dyer

    You should check out FlashFolder.

    http://www.zett42.de/flashfolder/

    Kent

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  • Getitto

    To get Vista Explorer Preview Pane on Xp Please See:
    http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=4124

    Vista Live Icon and Text File Thumbnails on Xp Explorer:
    http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=4088

    Ported QuickView Windows 95 / 98 for Xp:
    http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=4113

    Regards

  • http://www.conceptworld.com Gautam Jain

    There is a new version of PikyBasket at http://www.conceptworld.com/piky/

    PikyBasket is now part of PikySuite.

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  • Ajay

    Great . Thanks for writing .

  • Rick

    Another multipurpose software utility for managing desktop and screen things at http://www.murtgee.com/MurGeeMon/ , ah yeah it is free to try and 5$ to register

  • http://profiles.google.com/srsampa Sérgio Souza

    I have been looking for an add-on that enable the user to place a checkmark in his files in order to identify the ones already checked/read, as in the example:

    Does anyone know about it?

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