One of the most fundamental things missing in the native Windows Explorer is a tabbed interface. Without it you need to open new instances of Windows Explorer if you want to do different things in it at the same time or quickly glance between different folders. FreeCommander addresses that by including tabs, making life much easier.
I’m a big fan of the snapping feature in Windows 10, which lets you attach windows neatly to one half (or even a quarter) of the screen, and Free Commander does something similar with its dual-panel interface, which lets you quickly drag and drop things between folders. On top of that, it has its internal tools for splitting files, zipping and unpacking files and batch-renaming.
One caveat is that FreeCommander isn’t much of a looker. If that’s important to you, then the next entry may be more for you.
Besides having one of the coolest interfaces ever, Explorer++ really trumps everything else as a completely portable Explorer alternative . In other words, you can just carry the EXE file in a flash drive and run it from any computer. Explorer++ has a tabbed interface, too. It may not be as feature-rich as other alternatives to Windows Explorer, but it sure beats using clunky old Explorer on every computer you use.
Explorer++ comes with two different versions – 32-bit and 64-bit. Make sure you use the version that matches your computer’s architecture. In the likely event that you’ll be using a computer with a bit width other than what you have at home, put both versions into your flash drive.