DMEXBar

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DMEXBar

Adds additional toolbars to Windows Explorer that provide a variety of new file management functions.

3.5

Our rating: 

3.5

Pros & Cons:

Adds additional toolbars to Windows Explorer that provide a variety of new file management functions.
Not very customizable, a little difficult to operate, some functions were not very useful, others useful ones were not included, not compatible with Windows 7.

Our Review:

After installation, I enabled the 3 new Explorer toolbars shown below: a breadcrumb-like button bar (below Explorer's address bar), a favorites button bar (below the breadcrumb bar), and a multi-function file management toolbar.

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Adding folders and files to my Favorites toolbar was easy: I browsed for the target, selected it, then the caption was automatically entered (or I could change it). I could add separators but not sub-menus. It was also easy to add Favorites on the fly by calling the menu from an open folder and choosing "Add".

My Favorites were added as buttons on the Favorites toolbar, as menu items when I clicked on the Favorites menu button (blue star), and as items in DMEXBar's context menu (accessed by right-clicking on a file or folder in explorer). Clicking on one my Favorites simply launched that folder in the open Explorer window. However, right-clicking on one of the buttons in the Favorites toolbar opened a cascading (fly-out) menu of folders, letting me explore the directory structure.

The breadcrumb toolbar was similar to Vista's toolbar in that it displayed buttons for every folder in the path I was exploring. Just like the Favorites toolbar, clicking on one of the folder buttons opened the folder in the open Explorer window, while right-clicking on one of the folder buttons opened a cascading (fly-out) menu of folders.

The buttons on the other toolbar provided access to a variety of different file management tools. Most of the tools were also accessible from DMEXBar's context menu (accessed by right-clicking on a file or folder in explorer). Samer from freewaregenius wrote a great review that thoroughly described each of these tools.

One of the most unique functions provided by DMEXBar was the ability to arrange Explorer windows side-by-side, mimicking a dual-pane file manager. A number of other arrangement options were also offered including, maximizing window height, starting a full-screen mode, and saving/restoring window positions.

DMEXBar effectively adds quick access to my favorite folders in Explorer and adds a variety of new file management functions accessed from new toolbar buttons and from new context menu items. Many of the functions were useful and unique. However, the use of some of the functions was not intuitive and some of them were obscure and not as useful as other functions that could have been easily included in the program. I would also like to see more customizability, which was relatively absent.

DMEXBar was designed for Windows XP. The developer's homepage is no longer available but you can still get the add-on application from a third party website. After a quick installation on Vista, DMEXBar seemed to work fine, but many functions were not operable in Windows 7.

 

  • Access Where?  Explorer
  • Access How?  Toolbars, right-click context menu, and customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Favorites Menu?  Yes: on-the-fly additions
  • Recent Menu?  No
  • Dialog Window Settings?  No
  • Additional Window Functions?  Only for Explorer windows: arrange side-by-side, save/restore positions, etc.
  • Customizability: Low
  • Additional Features: A variety of new file management functions added as buttons on toolbar and items in context menu

 

Tips: Try also DMEX which is the successor of the DMEXBar and officially supports Windows 7. Rather than an add-on, DMEX is a standalone utility communicating with the Explorer that can be used independently. It adds a new icon to the tray area. Left clicking on the icon shows the DMEX menu to extend the features of the Explorer, which include arrangement of Explorer windows and some useful file operations.


DMEXBar was reviewed by on based on version 12.