Add tabs and dual panel view in Windows Explorer
C function tabs many of us first encountered over 10 years ago in the good old Opera browser based on Presto rendering engine. Since then, tabs have been an essential part of all browsers and are firmly entrenched in the interfaces of many other programs. In Windows Explorer unfortunately this popular feature, which would allow us to work with the contents of multiple drives and folders in one Explorer window, is still missing.
You can wait and hope that someday Microsoft will finally listen to the tens of thousands of users who voted on User Voice for Windows to enable tabs in Windows, but it’s not necessary, because there are excellent third-party apps that allow you to implement tabs in Explorer into reality.
One of these programs I was told a few years ago, but today we will talk about another tool named QTTabBar. Many of you probably already heard about it.
Originally QTTabBar was released for XP and Vista and compatibility with Windows 7, it got only in 2011, but with the efforts of another developer, because the Creator for some time away from the project.
Now the original developer went back to work and released a new version of QTTabBar, which supports Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
Below are some of the main features of QTTabBar:
- The function of tabs in Windows Explorer
- Dual panel view in Windows Explorer
- Classic toolbar in Windows Explorer
- Instant preview of image, text and multimedia files
Now let’s talk about the features of QTTabBar in detail.
After installing the program, a tab panel or other panel does not appear automatically – you can turn them on manually. If you are using Windows 7, press ALT in Explorer to show the menu bar, and then turn on a toolbar of QT in the menu «View». In Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10, go to the View tab in the Explorer ribbon, click the arrow drop-down menu under the «Settings» button and turn on the desired bar.
Adding tab bar in Explorer
To show the tab bar in the Explorer window, you need to enable QTTabBar (QTTabBar or Bottom, if you want the tabs to appear at the bottom of the window). Then in the context menu of all folders and disks appears «Open in new tab». However, the developer has provided, and faster ways to open drives and folders in separate tabs:
- clicking the mouse wheel on the icon of the item that you want to open.
- either press and hold the CTRL key followed by a double click with the left mouse button.
Adding the toolbar in file Explorer
For those who prefer to see the classic Explorer toolbar, the program offers panel QT Command Bar and Command Bar 2 QT.
You can also add vertical toolbar, turn on the QT Command Bar (vertical) on the View tab.
Thanks to the options in the context menu of the toolbar, you can remove or add new elements, change size, signature, button icons and much more.
Dual panel view in Windows Explorer
Now let’s talk about the view mode and Dual-Pane. QTTabBar enables you to add additional folders pane in the Explorer window (left or bottom). For this you just need to enable the Extra View (left) or Extra View (bottom) on the «View» tab (include both and you get the triple bar). In this mode the process of copying and moving files/folders from one place to another turns into a great pleasure.
Preview various types of files
QTTabBar also automatically adds the function to preview images, text and multimedia files. Simply hover your mouse cursor over the image, text, music or video file to almost instantly see its contents:
The program allows you to configure or disable almost all of its resources. To get to the settings menu by pressing Alt + O inside Windows Explorer, or by clicking with the right mouse button on the program panel, and then select the section «Settings QTTabBar» in the context menu.
You can customize the appearance of tabs, toolbars, style menus, keyboard shortcuts, enable/disable preview files and more.
Using settings you can also enable minimize the Explorer window to the system tray and block the ability to change the size of the window. These functions are in the settings under «Window».
Execution of system tasks in the settings QTTabBar
Add tabs and different panes in file Explorer, this is not the only thing good QTTabBar. In particular, the means of this tool, you can:
- to rebuild the icon cache shell;
- clear parameters of the size, position and window view.
- save the location of desktop icons;
- to restore the location of icons on your desktop;
- to clear the query history dialog box «Run», the address bar or search box;
- to remove recent items or programs in the start menu.
All of these features you will find in the section «Miscellaneous» tab on the «System».
Capabilities on the desktop
QTTabBar provides access to various operating system partitions and folders Explorer by double-clicking the left mouse button on the desktop or the taskbar.
It can be obtained by incorporating panel QT Tab Desktop Tool in the context menu on the taskbar.
Then in the notification area will appear invisible icon, which appears when you hover over it with the mouse cursor. Clicking on this icon with the right mouse button, you will get access to a menu that allows you to customize the content, functionality and appearance of the QT Tab Desktop Tool.
QTTabBar for Windows 7 and later versions of the operating system you can on the official website of the developer. The program is completely free and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows.