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Try this easy-to-use and free alternative to Windows Explorer

Try this easy-to-use and free alternative to Windows Explorer
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If you groan every time you have to find a file using the Windows Explorer file manager, we know the feeling. You start by searching for "Windows Explorer" in your Start menu, and up pops a box with directory icons like Documents on the left, and detailed files and folders on the right.

It's familiar and it's functional, which is also true of the renamed File Explorer on Windows 10. To find files, you tap on a directory, and then a folder, and then a file, until you find what you need. Or, in the "Search" box in the right-hand corner of Explorer, just type in the file's name or some words that may be in it. It will bring up the files you're looking for, or give you this message, "No items match your search."

Simply, File Explorer and Windows Explorer are basic, useful tools to help you find your documents, photos, videos, and anything else you've saved on your computer, external hard drive, thumb drives, or DVDs. But Explorer has its shortcomings. For one thing, it's cumbersome.

Have you ever tried this? You highlight a file, say a photograph that's in Downloads, then try dragging it into another directory, like Pictures. Half the time, you accidentally drop it into the wrong folder. The other half of the time, you get alerts, like "The source and destination file names are the same." What does that mean?

If you want an alternative to File Explorer or Windows Explorer, there are many options. One we like is FreeCommander. We like freebies around here, and that "Free" means just that. It's a free download and, more importantly, it has more bells and whistles than Explorer. FreeCommander is not cumbersome. Plus, if you want to really geek out, it has so many functions that you can spend hours trying them all.

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