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Default How to add functionality to the Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer is a basic file manager with severe limitations that make it rather painful to perform some operations using it - you know what I mean if you ever tried to compare two directories using it for example. DMEXBar steps in and adds lots of functionality to the windows explorer by appending a toolbar to it. Once installed a toolbar should be automatically added to every windows explorer window, moving the mouse over one of the buttons in the menu displays a short information about that button.

With DMEXBar installed you can do the following by pressing a button:

Arrange Two Windows Explorer windows to be aligned side by side horizontally or vertically
Synchronize files and folders between those two windows, copy files using shortcuts
Display the space used by directories
Tile all open explorer windows on screen

Display the path of the current window with the option to jump to any directory of that path at once by clicking on it.
Use wildcards to select files
Rename files, change attributes of selected files
Substitute directories as drives using subst command
That is only some of the functionality. You can add tools that you use the most to a menu making it easier to start them - the default setting contains only a shortcut to the command line of windows but you are free to add links to other programs.

Another nice feature is the ability to add sort of favorite folders to DMEXBar. You can then open those folders from every window that is currently open without the need to either create shortcuts to it or navigate manually to the folder.
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