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ShellLess Explorer Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — ShellLess Explorer

Browse the files on your computer.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 528 155 comments

ShellLess Explorer was available as a giveaway on September 6, 2008!

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Nowadays it becomes harder and harder to keep track of the files you have stored on your computer for the sole reason that the HDD capacity has increased considerably. It is obvious that you not only need time to find what you are looking for but also a lot of patience. In this type of situations, ShellLess comes to the rescue.

This simple yet powerful application is perfect for browsing the files on your compute. With its tabbed browsing feature, you can easily switch between different common operations and keep track of multiple files.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista


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File Size:

2.81 MB



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Second to post #157. terrible experience.

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I almost never come back to post a comment days after installing a program, but I have to warn people about this one.

After installing and using this program for awhile, I have to say, I wish I never installed it. Anytime I click on a folder in the right hand column, it keeps opening up a new window even though the folder options say to "Open each folder in the same window". And now, when I try to use my old Windows Explorer, the same thing happens there. And the annoything with both, is when it opens the folder in a new window, the left side folder tree is missing, making it more difficult to navigate further.

Plus with this program, every time I open a new folder, it always defaults to "icons" when I want "details", even though I set the options to show "details", it always defaults back to "Icons".

If you want to keep your sanity and not mess up the way Windows Explorer works in the event you don't like this program, just stay away from this one.

Reply   |   Comment by S Todd  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like to put folders on my desktop for things that I'm working on. After installing this program, I was unable to open the folders. When I double-clicked on the folder icons I kept getting errors that the shortcut was invalid. These were not shortcuts, but actual folders. I also was no longer able to access Control Panel, Documents, My Computer and pretty much everything on the desktop. I'm still missing some startup items. It looks like I'm going to have to do a system restore back to a point before the installation to undo the mess that this software created on my Vista Home Premium PC. Absolutely, a big thumbs-down!

Reply   |   Comment by Beldin  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program completely screwed up my system. When I saw how it worked and didn't like some of its functions, I removed it, only to find that it had messed up my system in many ways.

My computer is still suffering from putting in this program. I will never try another shell program again, so I guess I learned a lesson.
BTW...when downloading through this program is wouldn't open the file itself, but rather the folder. Windows alone works better.

So my score for this program is MINUS 10...it stinks!!!! PLEASE DO NOT DOWNLOAD IF YOU WANT YOUR SYSTEM TO STAY HEALTHY.

Reply   |   Comment by Abbie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A belated comment: Downloaded about half an hour before offer ended. I"ve used it a couple of times now. Really beats Windows Explorer. Wish I had installed it on more computers, especially for my wife. The tabbed interface is a great feature and immediately useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For some reason this thing opens my DVDRW without being asked to every time I reboot.
Got in touch with support - and they were no help
Uninstalled after not much more than 24 hours

Reply   |   Comment by PLK  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I had to vote this one down. At first glance, it looked like a great explorer replacement and I started using it. But after a while, I discovered that it's considerably slower than Windows Explorer and drag-n-drop functionality was broken. I tried to drag some files from WinZip and the mouse cursor showed an 'add' icon correctly but the files didn't go where they were dropped. I have no idea where they actually went. I'll probably find them somewhere strange later. After setting Windows back to the default explorer I noticed that the folder options had been screwed up so I had to reset my Windows preferences all over again.

It was a nice try but it doesn't have enough of the Windows Explorer functionality to be a viable replacement for it.

Reply   |   Comment by TheBlindBat  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I tried this programme on all my non critial systems, (4 Vista machines, basic, Biz HP and Ultimate 3 x XPs 1 Win2000 1 x Server 2008) the website does not say it will run on vista, and on all platforms of vista we tried it on it did not run. It does however runs well on XP2 platforms with either SP1 or SP2 or SP3 installed.

Yes it is a RAM hungry programme, and yes it will crash on 2000 even if that is stated in the min requirements on the main website und FAQ.

Yes it has all the bits in from the standard Explorer on the Com32 platform basis, with the add-ons it has within its programme it does show that it is a good programme.

One point I can make it that if you do not read the main site and ensure it’s for your system OS then dont install such programe, as you can read in quite a few posts so far.

So in a nut shell.

If you need a double panel tabbed extension enables shell command interface with a memory function that does require more memory that standard, and you are not running Vista or W2K then this one is for you.

And of course there are others out there on the market, that’s why we have choice.

To the posters who say this programme is better that this one.

Short sharp are sweet.

Get a life ok!

This is about this programme and not about what your mommy bought you from the local freebie bin. If that comment offends you then its true. :):):)

Have a good day

Keep up the good work GOTD.

Simon Edwards

Reply   |   Comment by Simon Edwards  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#147, Acquizeta, Windows Explorer shouldn't be crashing, particularly on Vista. It's highly likely that a third-party Explorer shell extension is to blame. I recommend using Microsoft Sysinternals AutoRuns.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well, after playing around with this for half and hour on WindowsXP service pack 3, I'm very impressed. Installed OK, easy on the eye, easy to use, save tabs and different views to what you like. Drag and drop works great. Changing icons is fast and easy and doesn't require a refresh. Things are pretty much instant. Glad I dropped by today. I've been testing out quite a few explorer replacements and this is one of the better ones. I'll be keeping this one and deleting Total Commander. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Debra  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think I will give this a try if it is lightweight and easy to use and does at least everything that Explorer does, I might keep it.My favorite dual paned manager is Power Desk, it comes with a whole boatload of conveniences. It treats archives like caps and zips and many others as a folder so you can use the files in them just as if they were in a folder. Explorer has some functionality with that as well. Power Desk has not been updated for a long time, before drag and drop CD writing, Explorer is the only one that does that. Tho you can drag the files over to the CD drive in PowerDesk, you have to open Explorer to do the actual write.

My brother swears by Total Commander. It does all of that too and is being updated all the time. The interface just feels uncomfortable to me since I have used Power Desk for so long. Commander does all of the things PowerDesk does, but in a different way.

So meanwhile, I will see what this one does if there is any comparison at all. Its probably like the old Windows file Manager. The question is--is there any more functionality than that?

Reply   |   Comment by Candy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm having similar problems as #121 using Vista Home Premium. I can't go to My Computer (unless clicking on the up one level button), Control Panel, Recycle Bin, Personalize, etc. All deletions are permanently deleted instead of going to the recycle bin. If they can fix those problems it might be a keeper but until then I have to uninstall it. I've been looking for something to replace explorer since it keeps crashing on me...too bad this isn't it.

Reply   |   Comment by Acquizeta  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

and when time goes by this program either has to be purchased or dumped. I just dumped it today. Windows does work very well if you take the time to know how.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelly  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GAOTD for a really useful program. However, according to the readme which pops up after installing this software is free for 30 days only:

License Information
LICENSE GRANT. This Software (ShellLess Explorer) is not freeware. You may evaluate the unregistered trial version for free for a maximum period of 30 days. If you wish to continue using it after 30 days, you have to register and purchase a license. Unregistered use of this Software after the 30-day evaluation period is in violation of international copyright laws.

See also License.txt.

The unregistered trial version is fully functional with only a
reminder. See web site(www.shelllessworks.com) for details.

What gives? It is free or not?

Reply   |   Comment by Jackie D  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded this and while it installed fine I will pass on it. Powerdesk 6 which is free is far superior. I have not yet found any free file manager yet to surpass it. Powerdesk 6 does have some issues in vista but I will put up with them for its ease of use and its features. 3 major problems with this software. First there is no font control.I want to be able to easily change the font size and font used in its look. I don't see any way to have quick launch for my favorite applications. Next is that huge vertical bar that you can't get rid of. It was even mentioned in the review here: http://webzap.net/tech-updates/37-products/138-shellless-explorer.html. At least it does have a drive bar which so many of the other free file managers does not have that others here like to recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by sue  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed this morning. Looked nice interface. Was comfortable to manipulate files. BUT it locked my access to power options system tray, then I could not access the control panel from windows. I was forced to uninstall it. Now everything is back to normal minus this program. I am on vista ultimate by the way.

Reply   |   Comment by Ghanshyam  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just downloaded program. Will check out later. I like the look of the user interface.

To #15 Brian – “I can not activate the software, when I try to I get an error message telling me that “Activation module failed to connect to giveawayoftheday.com, Software activation is not possible at the moment, Please try again later.” This is not the first piece of software that has thrown up this error message, I have tried several times throughout the 24 hour period to activate the other software to no avail.”
I have Windows Live OneCare on my computer and I always get this same message. Then my OneCare firewall pops up and I have to click for it to allow the program. Then I click setup and it runs fine. So you might want to check to see if your firewall is blocking it.

To #61 Jampot – “By the way, all GAOD downloads are prefaced by the following notice: “Unzip the package you’ve downloaded, and carefully read the instructions which you can find in the readme.txt file. This readme.txt file is included with all our downloads. Follow the instructions carefully to install and activate the software.”. Unfortunately, the txt file with this one is purely a licence thingy - sadly this has been the case with every bit of s/w I have downloaded from this site. Over to you, GAOD, to ensure that instructions are always included in a txt file.”
I have found a readme.txt file with every program I have downloaded from GAOD. When you unzip this download you should have two files: Setup and readme. Below is the text from the readme file (is this what your readme said?):

Unzip the package you`ve downloaded and run Setup.exe which is included in the package, to install and activate the software.
You have to install it before the Giveaway offer for the software is over.

Terms and conditions
Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations:
1) No free technical support
2) No free upgrades to future versions
3) Strictly non-commercial usage

All the programs I have downloaded have the same type of readme file text. If there is an activation and a setup file, it will say: “Unzip the package you`ve downloaded and run the activation program Activate.exe which is included in the package, then run Setup.exe to
install the software.” Personally, I have never had a problem as long as I follow the direction in the readme file. So, with this program, if you ran the setup.exe, and just followed the setup prompts, it would be registered automatically. In the ShellLess program, select “Help”, then “About ShellLess”. It should say “Registered to: Name: Giveawayoftheday”. I know in mine, the enter registration key is grayed out and you can’t click on it.

The only other suggestion I would have is to uninstall it and try to run the setup.exe again before the 24 hour period is expired for this giveaway. Good luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Melissa  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software has potential, but I don't think it is just there yet. This could be due to habit, it probably takes a bit to get used to, and a few minutes of testing really isn't enough.

All in all thumbs up!

- The tabbed panels, also the vertically tabbed ones (folder, favorites, history). Neat! Also the they are spiltable. This, I guess, is the main thing about the software, and it does it well!
- That you cannot drag a folder in the left-hand view, into another folder in the same (left-hand) view. Prevents the occational "disappearance" of a folder for some, I'm sure!
(Of course the problem exists in the right-hand views especially for icon and details view, but its an improvement nevertheless! I assume users using Details View know enough to avoid accidental moving of stuff)
- The Undo list and To-Do Cart! (Even calling the To-Do a "cart" was pretty intuitive!) Not testet much, but I foresee its usefulness:)

- It uses the simplistic un-enumerated copy/move-function of Windows
- Unable to change the default folder view to "details" (or whatever). It's always set to "thumbnails". It's a drag to change that all the time. Luckily one can use "Keep settings for each tab", as a mediocree solution.
- The "Save settings for each folder" will eventually succumb to a users will, but having a lot of folders, it will take time! Too bad "Apply to all folders" (in folder options), doesn't work here! It's greyed out. Otherwise, one could set all folders to a favorite view (like in Windows Explorer), then change the few folders one want to have a different view. In my case anyhow.
- No lines in "details view" (to easer connect file sizes etc with filenames..). Subtly alternate colored lines would be appreciated. Something wich also lacks in windows explorer btw.
- No file/folder-count statistics in the status line at the bottom. It's just the total filesize for that folder. I really like to know the nr. of files without having to right-click - properties!
- That you cannot drag a file/folder from a right-hand view to the folder tree in the left-hand view
- The folder-tree automatically un-expands the folder when changing tabs. It's annoying. Could't it just scroll it? Or (of course), have it as a ShellLess option.

Well that were a few, I havent really testet it much.

Oh, and the "Title" view, is really called "Tile" view;) A typo I guess.

Reply   |   Comment by raron  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#15; Brian

I would suggest that you try searching on this topic - you will find about 75 posts on it. The problem is not likely to be you or your computer. You will find a complete list of possible solutions to try in case the problem is your machine.

Plan on spending several hours going through the forums. That is always the best place to look for help. It is very unlikely that you will ever find an answer to a complex problem on this side of the fence (your problem qualifies as being complex). Now your wakeup call: You waste your time as well as everyone else's voicing a problem here.

Read the instructions that come with this website - and go to the forum section to find answers

Reply   |   Comment by Flattop  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A good Explorer replacement. Much more sensible, less crowded, and easier to use than some other Explorer replacements. Can use as normal or multi-panes - cool.
Skins are useless. Why would you need skins for an Explorer replacement? Should just use whatever skins Windows is using. After all, it's a 'replacement'. But still, not bad although the 'nativexp' skin is not that native...
A weakness that must be addressed before I can totally forget Windows Explorer: ShellLess must at least be more stable. I've been using it for 1 hour and it has crashed 6 times when I click something - always different things. A few of the times, I wasn't even doing anything. In comparison, Windows Explorer on this notebook has crashed 6 times in two months - not ONE hour! ShellLess also take quite some time to load and CPU activity at load is maxed-out.
Well, I won't mind it using a bit more RAM, or staying resident, to improve load time. If not, it can't be a 'replacement' but more of a complement.

Reply   |   Comment by Universal Cynic  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Even though I use Power Desk Pro 7, I unfortunately installed ShellLess to see if it had some features I would like. I was especially interested in the Favorites panel and the History. After playing with it some, I decided I prefer Power Desk and used Revo Uninstaller to remove it. For the first time, with all the programs I've uninstalled, Revo wasn't able to remove all the files until a restart; so I restarted my computer. [Vista Home Premium, 4GB RAM, 2.2 MHz processor]

After restart, I found 2 desktop.ini files (not shortcuts) had been placed on my desktop. I removed them reluctantly, not sure if I was doing the right thing but suspecting they were left over from ShellLess. Then, while working with Power Desk, I was having some problems that I couldn't fix. So I wound up having to go to an earlier restore point. This almost didn't happen, though, because Vista almost couldn't find my drive. I've never had any problem with a GAOTD offering, but I'm not happy with this one at all--especially considering others had problems. Thanks anyway, GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Ms LN  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I just started using xplorer2 and have found it quite useful, however this looked like a cool program because it can take the best of the windows explorer shell and implement that into a better designed file manager. I like it so far and will continue to experiment. Thank you GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Dmcman  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

hi everyone, Explorator here

after reading the comments i was convinced that this prog will prove useful, so, i decided to download and install it.

Today i want to thank you all for your comments, i did not need to read many because already because by the time i got to #12 i knew that "shellless-explorer" was worth keeping in my pc.

i've had problems moving files with vista, and this prog is exactly what i needed. besides i have further needs for it since i rely on external hard disks of many gigs.

i just hope that it is powerful enough to perform all the operations it says it does and that it does not clog up memory.

i look forward to testing that wonderful "undo" feature because just recently i lost an important doc--all of a sudden the word processor i was using closed on me, which is strange?

anyhow, having a file manager, which is what "shellless-explorer" is, comes in handy, and this one even seems to provide users a sense of security.

i don't know if it contains graphic maps of hd and file preview and such things that would really make it better when organizing files however.

finally, you guys know that it costs around $30 market price, so now we get to have it for FREE! and i'm fine with that.

thank you GAOTD, i've referred this site to many friends because of its offers and also one learns a lot from the comments posted as well.

take care and wish everyone happiness


Reply   |   Comment by explorator  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ok I have said other software from GAOTD has been fantastic and time savers. But, this one is truly the best so far. I have wanted to be able to search for folders and items for so very long without using the windows search feature (which sucks). This is awesome. It works like a dream. Now I can search for folders, return to my most recently used folders and all in one window. The tabs (colored even wow) make it so easy to keep items in place and anytime I need to open a new window for lets say copying and pasting between them, I only need to right click and choose open in new window as before. This is a dream come true. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Reply   |   Comment by badgirl  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

it seem slower xp explore. i dont like it.

Reply   |   Comment by longpmt  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a pretty handy explorer and I'd probably switch to it if it had one key feature - I'd love to be able to get a tag a list of files, or all files in directory and just copy their file names and attributes and paste them into a text editor. I find I often need to make lists of photo and music files I have and find the lack of this seemingly simple feature in explorers mystifying.

Reply   |   Comment by DanD  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Something quick I just discovered that makes this quite worth it in my opinion: This software has a built-in unzip function. I've been able to navigate directly into zipped directories and take a quick look-see at the contents. It will 'copy' the zipped contents directly between 2 panes out of the archive without having to get into something like winrar or winzip.

Also; having multiple tabs AND multiple panes has made my recent go at reorganizing my backup archives much easier.

One thing I've noticed though; there are times the program will hang and I've had to unload and reload it a few times but it's working most of the time and I think part of the crashes were hardware related.

Reply   |   Comment by Wildember  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I hope GOTD does'nt take the voting accurately, It's blatantly obvious that thumbs down should be leading this poor software!

With the obvious fixing, I'd ignore thumbs up/down AND the comments being marked yes/no.

Do you not find it strange to see comments "I was just needing something like this"?

Please make your software voting exactly like your freeware site (Thumbs up and reason required)

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Lewarne  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love the tabs. This promises to be a better explorer than the one included with Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by Franklin Brown  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is the second time in a couple weeks that I wanted to try a software offered here only to get the dreaded "Fatal error - key invalid" message.
I downloaded, extracted then clicked on the setup.exe -- it comes up with a dialog box "connecting to giveawayoftheday.com: checking giveaway availability -- and then right on top of this comes the box with the 'key invalid' message.
Timewise, it says I still have 7hours50mins left to d/l and install.
Any thoughts?

Reply   |   Comment by ozarki  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

One of the commenters reccomended an app called Q-Dir a while back. It has 4 panes. I downloaded it and have just begun to investigate all it can do. I found it far superior to any of the other suggestions offered as alternatives that day. I use it all the time. You can really do many things with 4 panes at once. It can be found at softwareok.com or softwareok.de . Sorry was not sure how to put a link in this comment box. It is worth a look.

Reply   |   Comment by titanrep  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I sure miss the good old days. Can we have a screensaver or video converter tomorrow?

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Rowe  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is so much better than wIndows Explorer! Can anyone tell me how to set the settings for individual windows. I keeps going back to the default settings. I like it that it is faster than Win Explorro. Still playing around with it. It is a definate keeper. Oh, #85 gave me hints on how to set up my defaults. Thanks! Todays giveaway is far better than the useless screensaver that I figured we would wind up with today. Please GAOTD, no more screensavers. We have had enough!!

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well, this software has made a royal mess of my system and likely it will cost me several hours of work to try and get things back to normal. I run Vista Home Premium and the software appeared to install okay. However, after trying to replace Windows Explorer, making this the default file explorer, I was unable to then hand back control to Windows Explorer - whenever I tried to make Windows Explorer the default, nothing happened. I decided to uninstall the software because of this and now things are far from good. When I try to access Control Panel, Network, Default Programs (maybe other options too) I do not get them. Now, one of my other programs opens instead (!) (Paint Shop Pro) and once open it then immediately closes again. Half the icons in my sytem tray have vanished and goodness knows what else has gone awry. This program has been a disaster for me. Good luck to you if you choose to try it out - I hope you have much better luck than I did. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Rufsy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Seems a cute program, I'd none-the-less suggest backing up your registry &/or setting a restore point before installing - which we all should probably be doing anyway...

ShellLess adds a lot of registry entries (745 according to InstallWatch), & while most are harmless, contained within the program's software key, some additions on my [XP Pro SP3] system were very odd - several keys & values were added related to Anti-Virus software that's no longer installed, and several more were added for a Canon printing program. I fixed it on my PC before it could cause any problems, but I wanted to warn others, & tell the developers if they're monitoring, that there might be potential problems with the installation part of their software. I have no idea how serious it might be, &/or if any extra registry entries will always be harmless, but with a registry backup there's little or no risk so in my opinion, if you like this sort of program by all means give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed this on Windows 2k SP4, and at first it looked amazing... but it crashes every time I click on a file in the main window.

Reply   |   Comment by Slanter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ShellLess Explorer is a great replacement for what comes with windows, especially if you do a lot of file manipulation. I find the Two Pane File Manager was/is the most useful. During the DOS-Only days, Norton file manager was the best. When windows 98 came along MS included a limp replacement which works for most people, assuming that the average MS user has infrequent need for a strong tool to handle directories and such.
I have installed ShellLess Explorer on winXP. It registered itself and it works very well. I presently have it set up in two pane mode using the win 2000 theme .. ( I really don’t like the eye-candy ).
View settings are a right click away. Suggest you download and try it ... you can’t beat the price.

Reply   |   Comment by pk dino  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ #73
How can I get rid of the blue section containing “systemtasks / locations / details” just below the first tab? And is it possible at all?

I was trying to figure out the same thing. That section wastes entirely too much screen real estate, especially on a smaller screen. And it's redundant if you have the more useful Folder sidebar visible.

To get rid of the Tasks section go Tools --> Folder Options --> Tasks --> Select Use Windows classic folders option.

Hope that helps.

Looks like a great program. People who say that this is no better than Windows Explorer have no idea what they're talking about.

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program does not like Windows Vista Home Edition. I was unable to do anything after installng it. Tryed to go to my computer, control panel, ect.. and it kept saying invaild shortcut. So itryed to access them in the program its self and it would show any files, so i went to Start/ShellLess/Uninstall. The Computer Was Then Restored to Working Condition.

Reply   |   Comment by Nicholas B  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is great! From time to time I check out new File Manager programs to see if anyone has done one better than Windows ... and this is finally it. The flexibility for so many useful options in one small program. At some point, i am certain i will buy an official license for this one. Thanks to GOTD and the publisher for letting us get a free copy to try it out!

Reply   |   Comment by Max Q Baker  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Can´t hardly believe this bunch of positive comments:
Right: this one is better than the built-in MS Explorer - but does that mean anything...?

But where are all the REALLY xtra features, as real(!) quick view, archiver integration, really good searching abilities (- not to talk about searching in archives too) etc. etc. etc.

A second, third, 4th window, some tabs and some shortkeys dont´t mean too much to me; power and efficiency is much more than that!!!

To me it
- consumes too much RAM for the provides features
- provides not enought features
- is packed unefficiently and not transparent
- is too slow in some features
- handling is not functional enough
- and there is much much better around - even free of charge
(Depending on your needs:
- xyplorer xplorer...
- Free-, Total-, Speed-, Mu-Commander...
just to mention some)

But of course, if this software and it´s features are sufficient for YOU and you don´t miss anything that is OK and this package might be right for yous.

Reply   |   Comment by (german)werwölfchen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think this is going to replace xplorer2 - which surprises me as I love that program. ShellLess does search inside of subfolders, it does allow drag and drop. Most importantly for me, it allows more than two open panes - which is the limitation with xplorer2 (I use the free version - don't know about the paid).


In 'search' tab doesn't move to the next open spot but instead to the 'advanced' tab.

Please allow "text only" for the toolbars. I know it's probably too much work for international sales but...

Thanks GAOTD and ShellLess

Reply   |   Comment by Blue  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Platform System: Windows XP Home, Service Pack 2
Flawless Install & Auto Activate
During Install I opted for only a Short Cut to be Placed in Quick Launch. The rest of the boxes I "unchecked".
I have 4 Hard Drives, containing 12 partitions. They all were/are listed and available when I opened/open ShellLess Explorer so am not sure why others have said this is not possible.
If you click "include Sub Folders" in the search box, it will drill down into each of them looking for the file/files you specified.
I have not, as yet, found any negative attributes that would preclude me from recommending ShellLess Explorer.
However, every explorer application is a bit different. This difference even if it does not compromise use, will result in folks some to prefer xxxx over xxx because of xxxx. In the World of a Reliability Engineer (which I am, but retired) our Mantra for Reliability is the 4 F's: Form, Fit, File & Function.
Thus, I rather think that the varied opinions listed for today's product is that we each have, or eventually will have our own criteria for each of the 4 F's as shown by one reviewer as not meeting their visual layout requirements or was it the "theme" they prefer. Speaking for myself, "eye candy" is at the bottom of my list with regard to whether an application is good or not.
For myself, ShellLess Explorer fits my 4 F's requirement. I have tried many Explorer' type applications and this is one of the free ones that runs a close second to my #1 choice, UltraExplorer. Which means I will not hesitate to use either. Eventually one of these two Explorer's will meet my personal 4 F's.
Thumbs Up GAOTD and ShellLess Work's

Reply   |   Comment by Dri-Anna Davis  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Xplorer2 and also Windows Explorer can display files arranged in groups, and in Xplorer2, you can sort files inside a group by name or date modified or any other field. This feature would be a useful addition to Shellless.

Reply   |   Comment by blackstickman  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I hope I can ask the admins' indulgence to pass this through, although I confess it's only tangentially related...

One of the problems I have with keeping track of files is that it isn't just the main drive that I want to search but a couple of dozen external drives. In particular the ones holding DVDs that I've converted. My DVD collection was taking up too much space, which wasn't going down well with my wife, so I started ripping my DVDs to hard disk, which meant that the space shrunk from half a room to one shelf. (Although now she complains that the attic is full :-) )

Anyway, none of the DVD organisers that I could find would automate scanning external drives, so I hacked up a short program myself to find DVD images and other video files, and write the location to a CSV file that I could import into a DVD organiser.

It's programmer-level code, not the polished user interface that you'll get here, but as we always say "Hey, it's free..." :-) and I can't find anything else that does this job.


There's a windows binary, and sources for the careful among us if you want to recompile it yourself. (Also a linux binary.) What passes for documentation are the comments at the head of the .C file. And you're on your own for the DVD organiser. Maybe GAOTD will publish a good one some day. I just use grep on linux.

Hope this is of some help to some of the GAOTD regulars.


Reply   |   Comment by G  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#11 and #55--Who are you, and why are you here???

I have not tried this yet, but will be installing it shortly. I will wait until I have actually tried it before I post a comment and rate it. Thanks, GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Am I the only one that is getting that this program is only good for 30 days? I have not found anything, anywhere that says otherwise.??????????????????

Reply   |   Comment by Donna  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

appears to work fairly well, although I’ve only played with it for a few minutes.

...another example of useless. People are so impatient they can't use if for maybe a few MORE minutes before giving a verdict? 99% of what appears here is drivvel and drek.

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed twice. Uninstalled twice. Time wasted? Half hour. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Bernie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Very well done! Not something I would expect, but I love it. It's not a program that completely changes the layout of the file page, but it adds great features, and looks very sleek.


Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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