When comparing Explorer++ vs Q-Dir (the Quad Explorer), the Slant community recommends Q-Dir (the Quad Explorer) for most people. In the question“What are the best file managers for Windows?” Q-Dir (the Quad Explorer) is ranked 3rd while Explorer++ is ranked 18th.
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Pro Free and open source
Pro You can view 4 windows simultaneously
Pro You can use tabs in every window
Pro Does not use a lot of RAM
Q-dir with 4 windows and with 4 tabs in every window uses only 39mb of RAM on Win10x64.
Pro Very customizable
Pro Highly manageable multiple windows
Every window can be separately customized. You can choose between different views from 1 to 4 windows, and every window can have multiple tabs!
Pro Q-Dir allows you to save folder combinations as a favourite to open any time
Up to 64 folder combinations can be saved in a favorite, since each of the four windows is equipped with tabs (ie 4 x 16 tabs 4 x Tree View plus 4 x Address Bar).
Con Crashes semi frequently
Crashes quite a bit. Sometimes random sometimes during network folder access. Loses current state and reverts to the state of the last graceful exit.
Seemingly abandoned. Hasn't been updated in a few years.
Con Useless for searching
Often completely misses loads of files that you know are there.