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Five of the best file and folder management tools

Build on Windows Explorer as a file manager

Windows Explorer isn't a good file manager. And Microsoft, for all its improvements elsewhere in Windows 7, has somehow continued to make Explorer worse than it was before.

But if you're tired of the lack of features, then there are some simple alternatives. Here's five of the best file and folder management tools.

NexusFile V

NexusFile offers some useful extras that could really help to boost your file management productivity. There's a dual-pane interface, for instance - you can view separate folders in each pane, ideal for simpler dragging and dropping. Right-click a file and you'll find options to, say copy or move that file to a given folder. You can also change the file's time and date stamp, add a text comment to the file, or (if it's an archive file) extract its contents through integration with a variety of archiving tools.

FileMenu Tools 5.7

FileMenu Tools is a very useful tool that crams 28 handy file management functions into a single new option on the right-click Explorer menu. Want to securely delete a file containing confidential data, for instance? No need to load a separate program, just right-click the file from Explorer, click File Menu Tools then Shred Files and follow the instructions.

Multi Commander 1.1.0

File explorer tools are ten-a-penny, with the most notable improvement being that you can view two or even four folders at once in single window, making copying and navigating a quick and easy affair. Multi Commander only offers a choice of single or dual panes for viewing folders, but you can open multiple tabs in each window, allowing you to create shortcuts to favourite folders that you can easily switch between for file management purposes.

SpeedCommander 13.60

SpeedCommander is a faster, more powerful file manager that makes it much easier to select, sort, move and manipulate all your files. The dual-pane interface gives you a complete view of two folders, for instance, very useful when you're copying files. And these don't have to be folders on local drives. You can also connect to network folders, or even FTP sites via the built-in FTP client.

Tabbles 2.0

With the introduction of Windows 7 came the idea of libraries. Tabbles works very much like an extension of this method of file organisation, combining a tagging and virtual folder system into one handy utility. A tabble can be seen as both a tag and a folder, and files can be included in several tabbles - a database is used to maintain links to files to avoid the need for duplication. This system helps to overcome the problem of files which could be organised in several ways; using Tabbles, there's no need to choose between organisational systems as you can use as many as you want.

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