The BEST file manager for your Chromebook in 2021…

If your Chromebook supports the installation of Android apps, then I encourage you take a look at (download and install) the Android app “Cx File Explorer”. The built-in file explorer (or file manager) in the Chrome OS has a lot to be desired; especially, when connecting to drives you have in the cloud (such as Google Drive, One Drive, Box and Dropbox) or when trying to connect to your network shares on your home network. I featured “Cx File Explorer” in another blog post (click here) and one of the things I wanted to experiment was to see how it performed on a Chromebook. Well, long story short… It is awesome. There is one thing you will need to do if you have an SD card installed in your Chromebook. In order for Cx File Explorer to see the SD card, go into the setting and toggle on, “Show system storage”. Once you do that, you can access the files on your SD card through the system files. In my case, once I toggled “on” the “Show system storage” setting, rebooted the Chromebook, the SD card showed up in Cx File Explorer’s home screen.

Cx File Explorer

What I found with Cx File Explorer is that it works just as well as on my Chromebook as my Android smartphone. Definitely is a nicer file manager than what is built into the Chrome OS to the point that moving files around, etc… is much more easier and makes more sense.

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Source: Google Play Store – Cx File Explorer


A “killer app” file manager for your Android phone…

Being a tech guy, having a good file manager (or file explorer) is a must. On our Android phones, the baked-in file managers they ship with the phones are rudimentary and in my opinion horrible. Then there are the third-party file managers that are a great step above, but what I have found is that many of these file managers (some good and some not so good) have become bloated to the point that they can leave a pretty big footprint on your device (and are not easy to navigate). So, I went on the hunt again in the Google Play Store and came across a file manager called “Cx File Explorer”. I almost overlooked it and I am glad I did not.

Cx File Explorer
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MultiCommander SE (Store Edition) is a multi-tabbed file manager and is an alternative to the standard Windows 10 file manager. It uses the very popular and efficient dual-panel layout…

The older version of MultiCommander can be downloaded from the developer’s home page; but, if you want the more updated version for Windows 10, go to the “Windows Store” on your computer and search for “MultiCommander SE (Store Edition)”. In my testing here at “Tech News for You”, this file manager is a keeper and will serve you well as a replacement to the built-in file manager that ships with Windows 10…

Source: Go to the Windows Store on your computer and search for MultiCommander SE (Store Edition)

Developer’s Web Site (for older versions): Multicommander.com

Altap Salamander is a fast and reliable two-panel file manager for Windows…

Here at “Tech News for You” I am always moving files around and the Windows 10 file manager just doesn’t cut it… To serve my file management purposes I have been using “Altap Salamander” (which is now FREE).

Altap Salamander is a fast and reliable two-panel file manager for Windows. It has an intuitive interface, offers viewers for all popular file formats as well as support for common archives, and has built-in FTP and SFTP clients.

Thanks to the merge Altap with Fine company now free of charge.

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Source: Altap Salamander

The Quad-Directory-Explorer makes your files and folders easy to manage, either installed or as a Portable Windows program as an alternative Freeware to Microsoft’s File Explorer…

Q-Dir gives you extra useful functions to make you happy. Save time by reducing mouse-clicks and hand movements . Q-Dir does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from any location, such as the Desktop, and can be carried on a small USB-stick or other memory device.

The best alternative File Explorer for Windows 10!

Source: SoftwareOK.com – Q-Dir

A new version of Q-Dir Portable has been released by PortableApps.com. Q-Dir is a quad-pane file explorer that is capable of displaying 4 Explorer panes simultaneously…

Q-Dir (the Quad Explorer) makes your files and folder easy to manage. It provides fast and easy access to your hard disks, network folders, USB-Sticks, floppy disks and other storage devices. The 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Q-Dir are included and the correct one automatically used.

Source: Portableapps.com – Q-Dir Portable 8.51

Solid Explorer File Manager – A Chromebook Alternative File Manager

If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android Apps you may want to give Solid Explorer File Manager a try. The file manager baked into the ChromeOS has improved, but lacks features. Solid Explorer File Manager is one of those apps that I actually purchased because it worked like it was actually made for my Chromebook, in not only appearance, but in performance. On the Chromebook this file manager runs in “dual pane” view. I especially like that I can access the other computers in my home (for file transfers) and it has more robust cloud access options (can access Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex).

Below you will find a description of the features. Solid Explorer gives you a 14 day trial period to give it a spin. I highly recommend it for Chromebooks (with Android support), smartphones and tablets.

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Features:

– Material Design!
– Two independent panels serving as file browsers
– Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes
– Drag and Drop inside and between panels
– FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients
– Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted
– Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives
– Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex
– Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer
– Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play
– Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds
– Detailed file information with storage usage statistics
– Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables
– Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser

Source: Solid Explorer File Manager – Apps on Google Play

Tablacus Explorer – A Tabbed File Manager With Add-On Support

Recently I posted about “Explorer++ – A Small and Fast Tabbed File Manager for Windows” and following that posting I came across (and remembered) another file manager called “Tablacus Explorer“. This file manager is open source; is portable (small file size); has been around as long as I can remember; features add-ons; and, can be customized. For example, instead of a single pane layout, you can load a variety of different layouts. In my case here at “What’s On My PC” I like a file manager with a dual pane layout. “Tablacus Explorer” does not have a help file; but is very easy to figure out. I will take this file manager over the one that is built into Windows anytime.

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Source: Tablacus Explorer

Explorer++ – A Small and Fast Tabbed File Manager for Windows

Explorer++ is one of those hidden gems on the internet and if you “explore” the developer’s site you will find the following statement from the developer in one of his blog posts, “It’s now been just over 6 years since the last stable release of Explorer++. In that time, there have been a significant number of changes to the code, though no new releases.” At first I was wondering if this tabbed file manager gem is still being worked on, but I believe it is due to another recent blog post indicating that some key features are being worked on.

Regardless, this FREE file manager (totally portable – download and run) is now one of my favorites (fast loader); has a very clean (uncluttered) interface similar to what you saw in Windows XP; and, to put it simply, it gets the job done. It is one of those hidden gems where the developer got it right the first time and I only hope he continues with its’ development. Makes for a great addition to the tech toolbox.

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Source: Explorer++ – A small and fast file manager for Windows

Q-Dir – Best Alternative To The Windows File Manager

To this day, I cannot figure out why Microsoft does not have a multi-pane file manager baked into the OS.  This is why you will see Q-Dir frequently featured here at “What’s On My PC”. This Quad-Directory-Explorer makes your files and folders easy to manage, either installed or as a portable Windows program as an alternative to Microsoft’s file manager. Definitely one of my favorite “FREE” software applications…

Q-Dir

The Quad-Explorer for Windows 10!

Source: SoftwareOk.com – Q-Dir


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An Android File Manager That Works Seamslessly On The Chromebook

If you have a Chromebook that has the ability to run Android Apps, I highly recommend “Solid File Manager” as a substitute for the default file manager that is built into the Chrome OS. This app, when installed, will give you 14 days to play around with it then you will have to buy it. It was well worth the $1.99 that I paid (at a discounted price from $2.99). This “dual panel” Android file manager is the first one I have come across that can actually access the SD card (drive) on my Chromebook; plus, the network shares on my main computer. I also like that Solid File Manager allows me to encrypt files and the ability to easily access my online files from Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, etc… This Android file manager is the first file manager that I installed on my Chromebook that works seamlessly with the Chrome OS.

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Below is the features of this file manager.

Features: – Material Design! – Two independent panels serving as file browsers – Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes – Drag and Drop inside and between panels – FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients – Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted – Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives – Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex – Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer – Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play – Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds – Detailed file information with storage usage statistics – Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables – Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser

Source: Solid Explorer File Manager – Apps on Google Play

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