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ExplorerMax Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — ExplorerMax

A Chrome-styled File Manager for Smart Windows Users!
User rating: 38 19 comments

ExplorerMax was available as a giveaway on July 15, 2022!

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A duplicate file management tool that can help you find and delete duplicate.

ExplorerMax is an efficient chrome-styled file manager for Windows users.

Key features:

1. Tabbed Browsing: The chrome-styled tabbing feature enables you to open multiple files at the same window, and add bookmarks with a drag-and-drop.

2. Clear TimeLine: ExplorerMax can classify your browsing history into four groups (Today, Yesterday, Latest Week, Latest Month) to help you manage your work efficiently.

3. Quick Search: As long as you enter the keyword in the search box and set the target file type, you can get grouped results in a second.

4. Dual Pane: The dual pane feature allows you to switch and interact between two tabs.

5. Skin Preferences: When you change the accent color for the system, ExplorerMax will respond to the modification quickly and display the stylish interface

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10/ 11





File Size:

32.8 MB

Licence details:

6 month license



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Reply   |   Comment by DriverTalent  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

DriverTalent, Your app changes defaults without asking permission. My experience is good apps don't have to trick you into using them.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Matt, Hi~ This is for improving services. If it isn't acceptable to you, you could disable this in Settings of ExploreMax.
Launch ExplorerMax, open Settings, and uncheck the box before "Handle system folder operations".

Reply   |   Comment by DriverTalent  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I first tried installing and registering on a Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit machine. I found out:
1) It is clear that the program had not been tested on a native 32-bikt machine.
2) The program would only run properly (with the immovable GUI completely visible) at 100% text display size
3) After install, it was impossible to register. The "Register" function only returned (after a very long wait) the nag screen soliciting purchase.
4) The program made it impossible to run Windows Explorer; it substituted itself immediately and irreversibly for Windows Explorer.
5) Despite indicating at install that the program should not load at system startup, it did.

Considering all this, I have not tried to install the program on 64-bit Windows 10.
I don't trust a program with such deficiencies.
In addition, I don't like the subscription mode.

William W. Geertsema

Reply   |   Comment by William W. Geertsema  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I especially love File Manager programs, and I have installed Explorer Max for at least two previous versions. I generally give the program a good checkout, but due to some features I have become accustomed to, I have not spent a lot of time after the first days. This version looks to be an improvement of the previous one I had installed, so I was anxious to see how well it did.

The program is similar to Windows Explorer, but Explorer Max can have dual panes plus a directory tree display at the left. This makes it much easier to copy/move files from one location to another. There are other File Managers that have a dual pane display, but some of those do not have the directory tree at the left. With or without the directory tree, there are other File Managers that have more options for the dual panes, such as swap left and right panes, accelerated copy/move between panes, easy filtering, access to the pane's parent folder, and several more that I have become accustomed to using on a daily basis.

For graphic files, rather than use whatever the user has been using, ExplorerMax insists that the user install their graphic file program, PhotoMax. It is a standalone image program with a few options, such as display images as a slideshow. The first time it runs, it triggers a Firewall warning because the program wants to have local network access. If you do not have a network set up, you can unclick the Firewall checkbox for network access, or just Cancel the Firewall dialog. PhotoMax will have access only if the user clicks on the Firewall dialog OK button.

Even after installing PhotoMax, when double-clicking on a graphic file, your original default program for the file extension will open the file, so I do not see any great value of the PhotoMax addon.

I noticed for the Slideshow display, the heading shows the dimension of the image in pixels and the filesize inside a set of parenthesis. For some reason, the vertical dimension is followed by some characters that are not part of the default language, English in my case. The extra characters I see are oriental characters, but I did not spend any time trying to determine the exact language. To the right of the ending parenthesis, more characters are displayed, which could be the filesize. Likely, this is a mistake that the developer would want to clean up.

Both programs (Explorer Max and PhotoMax) can be set to start automatically when the system boots up, or not start until manually started.

The Explorer Max program does have two features that stand out from other file managers, the Timeline and the Search.

The Timeline can quickly display images by their last modified date. Granted, you can do that with column sorting on other File Managers, but Explorer Max seems determined to keep things as simple and as uncluttered as possible.

The Search is pretty fast, and I think this is Explorer Max's best feature
In the Explorer Max settings, there is a checkbox labeled "Handle system folder operations (Recommended) and the box is prechecked. I think it might help Explorer Max to keep track of files better, and thus produce a faster search result. If anyone knows specifically what this option is for, I would like to know its correct purpose.

The program is sold as a subscription at $5.95 per month or $9.95 per year. You can pay $39.95 to get a lifetime license. I avoid subscriptions, so I would choose the Lifetime, ... except the features are nowhere near what I am willing to pay for what it offers. If I didn't have anything other than Windows Explorer, and I was not aware of great alternatives, I might find the price tolerable. Thankfully, I will not have to at this time. Since this program is improving with each new version, that day may come at some point down the road.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Gary, What file programs do you use?

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There is also Omega Commander, try qttabbar also or clover explorer

Reply   |   Comment by Nossy  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi. I installed it but can't find the entry to register. May I receive help? Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Jorge  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Jorge ..

Just follow GOTD readme .. . (carefully)

You'll be Alright . . .

Reply   |   Comment by hi ..  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Jorge, you'll find the android style three horizontal lines at the top right hand corner. Click on it and then "register" and paste the code.

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Why does it install to appdata\roaming? If I want to change this should I choose the folder programfiles or programfiles(x86)?

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sam, There is an icon in the lower right corner of the first install screen that lets you browse for the install location. I do agree that the register is a horrible default location.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick_S  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"Why does it install to appdata\roaming?"

*Usually* the stated reason is that Program Files [or Program Files (x86)] require extra admin privileges, e.g., the usual prompt to authorize copying / moving a file / folder there. Sometimes apps that try to avoid the Program Files folder also add files/folders to AppData\ Local\ VirtualStore FWIW.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Seems to be good. In some functions, It reminds me of Norton Commander, mixed with google style.

Reply   |   Comment by Suh  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

It's worth pointing out zabkat xplorer2. There are paid and free versions and its highly polished software. Worth checking out.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Xyplorer is another excellent replacement

Reply   |   Comment by Emil Kucera  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

FreeCommander is also an excellent alternative.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Chris, I went to the website, didn't see any free version, just a free download trial (21 days).

Reply   |   Comment by Nameless  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Nameless, I presume Chris meant https://www.zabkat.com/x2lite.htm

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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