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QT TabBar - useful and cool Explorer add-on

review from ClifNotes, Nov 2007, permalink File Management


I've had mixed results with add-ons for Explorer, the Windows file manager. Some of them have caused me a bit of trouble, but some of them can be very useful.


I saw the features for QT TabBar and I had to try it out. It's a keeper for me. My favorite features are the image preview when you hover over an image or text file, the pop-up folder expansions and the inline folder searches. Very cool ...


Most people would think that the main feature, adding tabs to your Explorer would be the best of the features. I'm not so sure about that after using it awhile.


I guess you'll have to find out for yourself.


Quote from a review at freewaregenius: Source link

Customizable Tabs: the program options give you a significant degree of control over how the tabs are presented and what they look like.


Folder Favorites: called ’groupings’. You can create a single ’favorites’ entry for a a group of folders that you can use to open these together. You can access your ’favorites’ through the “QT TabBar standard buttons” which can be displayed within the explorer toolbar.

Preview tips: hovering over a number of file types creates a little preview window, including text files and images.


Subfolder tips: a little arrow becomes visible under folders that can be clicked on in order to navigate/preview the directory tree structure within it (you can optionally also view files within the tree structure not just folders - see screenshot). This is one of my favorite features, although I might also mention that, in my experience, navigating through a lengthy tree of folders containing many files caused the program to become rather slow and unresponsive.

Launcher for applications: from within windows explorer folder. Drag an app icon to the QT TabBar toolbar and it will give you the option to save it a ’favorite’ that you can easily access from within the the toolbar.


Folder memo: i.e. the ability to create a note that is attached to any of your folders. This is similar to HOBComment except it does not support files and the memo cannot be displayed as a column within the ’details’ view. Noted are stored in a centralized location and the folder has to be deleted manually if you uninstall the program (see the enclosed manual).


Installation: see the enclosed html manual for instructions (very simple process).


Hotkeys: every single function that this program offers can be controlled using hotkeys. Run the “QTShortcutKeyEditor.exe” executable (included in the download) in order to customize these.

Recently visited: maintains history of visited folders that can be used to quickly go back to any folder you were recently working with.


Password protect folder: works well but does not survive terminating the program and/or uninstalling it.


Other functions: quite a number of these including windows transparency settings, a search box within explorer toolbar, keep folder topmost, locking a folder, copy path to clipboard, and others.