Frustrated with Windows Explorer’s lack of features or layout?  Wanting to avoid installing numerous addons just to get what you need?  Then CubicExplorer is just what you are looking for all wrapped into a single package.

Note: CubicExplorer SVN Snapshot (version shown in this article.


Installation of CubicExplorer is quick and straightforward with only four windows from start to finish. In the first window, you will notice that CubicExplorer uses a Mozilla Public License.

Easily select the home folder where you want to install CubicExplorer.

Note: To make future stable version updates easier, you may want to change the home folder name to “CubicExplorer”, leaving out the “_dev” part.

This is the default look and layout for CubicExplorer when started for the first time after installation.

Settings for CubicExplorer

The first thing that you will need to do if you plan to run multiple instances of CubicExplorer is to go to the “Tools Menu” and select “Options”. Once you have the Options Window open, deselect “Single Instance Only”.  At this point you may also choose what type of session that CubicExplorer will open with each time.

The Tabs Section has options for tab content and tab switching actions.

In the Display Section, you can choose themes (also available through the “View Menu”) and change the settings for the Bookmarks Panel, Folders Panel & Fileview Options.

If you want to dig deeper and tweak individual settings, you can do so in the Advanced Section. Here you can tweak individual settings in the following areas: AddressBar, BookmarksPanel, FileSearch, FileView, FilterPanel, FolderPanel, MainForm, QuickView, Sessions, StackPanel, Tabs, and TextEditor. Changes are easily made with drop down menus (as shown in the screenshot below) or by changing the values in the field selected.

Customizing CubicExplorer’s Layout

Using the “View Menu”, you can easily choose the toolbars and panels that you want to use/display with a single click. It is so easy to make CubicExplorer fit your needs.

Here you can see the easy “drag and drop” feature for toolbar customization in action. Even the address bar can be easily moved to suit your style.

You may also add individual buttons to further customize the toolbar interface. Go to the “Tools Menu” and select “Customizer…”. Left click on the button that you want to add and holding down on the mouse button drag it to the position you want on your toolbar.

An example of what CubicExplorer can look like with just a little bit of customization and multiple tabs showing. Very nice!

Have fun with your new personally customized and easy to use file manager!

Note: When viewing the contents of any folder (whether sub-folders or individual files), the first item is always auto-selected (default setting). This can be tricky if you are moving/deleting an item or items, so be careful. In our example installation, the auto-select feature would not deactivate when accessed in the Advanced Section of the Options Window (appears to be a bug of some sort at the moment).


UPDATE: The download links have been removed due to the abandonment of the software by the developer and the disappearance of the developer’s website.

CubicExplorer SVN Snapshot (version – Exe File and Portable Edition

CubicExplorer (version – Exe File and Portable Edition

CubicExplorer Homepage

View and Print Out Shortcuts for CubicExplorer

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