UltraExplorer - The Ultimate Freeware File Manager

"I have tried some Windows Explorer extension and also replacement such as the popular xplorer2, but today I found my resting place. UltraExplorer has all the features that I'm longing to have and finally I'm able to have them. The ability to auto-size the column, one-click button for favorites folder, intergrated command-line, intergrated viewer (it even handle pdf), quick-filter for filtering folder or file, and a lot more to list." - Richard


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 - Drop blocks of files into the drop stack for quick access later

  • Favorites Window - Build a favorites tree with any object you like from the shell.  The tree is fully aware of drag and drop and the clipboard.  Use the objects in the favorites tree just like the normal treeview and listview controls.

  • Command Line Window - Can't give up DOS and a command line?  UltraExplorer has a built in command line window that stays synced with the current view of the application.

  • Filter Window - Too many files to find what you want?  Use UltraExplorers Filter window.   Create new filter arguments by:

    • dragging and dropping objects to the window
    • using the selected objects in the active listview
  • Folders Window - Ultra fast Folder treeview that is positionable anywhere in the application.
  • History Window - User defined level of previously browsed folder.  Objects in this window can be used just as in the treeview or listviews, drag drop and clipboard aware.
  • Listview Window - A secondary listview window that can be used identical to the fixed listview.  Allows for a dual listview display if desired.
  • Tabbed Folders - There are several ways to create a new tab
    • Simply press the Control key when clicking on a folder and the folder is browsed in a new tab.
    • CTRL-T creates a clone of the current tab (CTRL-W closes the current tab)
    • Use the menu item in the Main Menu under "File"
    • Use the right mouse click context menu while hovering over the Tabs
  • Task Window - The Task window accepts plug in DLLs to extend UltraExplorer beyond its powerful built in capablilites.  The DLL can be built in Borland Delphi and distributed separately.  All that is necessary is the DLL file be places in the Plug In folder within the UltraExplorer install folder and the plugin will be available to the user.
    • Examples of plugins and the source code for the default plug in that come with UltraExplorer can be downloaded here.

Fast Access to Common Tasks through Detachable Toolbars


Common tasks such as Copy, Cut, Paste, and Show Properties can be access through normal context menus or through speedbutton right on the listview.  Also less common tasks can be access through the speed buttons, these include:

  • Up
  • Select All
  • Delete
  • New Object...
  • Send To...
  • View of Listview
  • Copy selected file paths to clipboard in either long or short filename

Breadcrumb Bar to quickly move back up through the folder path


  Click the button itself to browse to the folder or click the arrow down button to select from the folders contained with the particular crumb