Tabbed Browsing is one of the fastest way to browse, every browser from Firefox to Internet Explorer now makes full use of tabs. But sadly Microsoft has not included tabbed browsing feature for Windows Explorer in the upcoming Windows 7 and missed it out in Vista too. Luckily, you can now add tabbed browsing feature in Windows Explorer by using a 3rd party tool if you are on Windows XP or Windows Vista(32-bit).
Previously I discussed why Nomad.NET application was a good choice because it supported excellent tabbed browsing feature, but you won’t need it anymore. QTTabBar is a free add-in for Windows Explorer that adds tabbed browsing feature without changing touching anything else. With tabbed browsing, you can now browse your files and directories much more faster than before.
Once you install this tool, it will require you to log off and then login again to make it work. It won’t add the tabs by default even after installation, if you are in Vista you will have to right-click the taskbar(press Alt to bring it up) and uncheck Lock Taskbar option, then check both QTTabBar and QTTabBar Standard options. Finally hit Alt + M hotkey to switch between QTTabBar and taskbar.
The above screenshot is taken from developer’s website
It also speeds up browsing by showing you the whole directory structure when you click the arrow icon(which is displayed every time you hover your mouse cursor over the directory). Various plugins are supported that add more features to the add-in.
If you are using Windows XP, it requires minimum .NET Framework 2.0 to run. Enjoy!