Local Browser

This article presents the features of the Local Browser.


  1. Exclusive Features
    1. Tabs
    2. Workspaces
    3. Visual Compare
    4. Filter
    5. Bulk Rename
  2. Standard (Windows Explorer) Features
    1. Thumbnails and Preview
    2. Search
    3. Details Pane
    4. Info Bar
    5. Header
    6. Support for Libraries

Exclusive Features

1.1 Tabs

Open multiple tabs, move them around, group them or split them into vertical or horizontal groups.


1.2 Workspaces

A workspace consists of any number of tabs, their position in the layout and the current folder location. Workspaces can be saved and restored which makes it easy to quickly switch from one layout to another.


1.3 Visual Compare

The visual compare feature compares two folders side by side and visually displays the differences. Files or folders that are missing are blue, files that are different are red and files that are the same are left uncolored. For more details please see the Visual Compare feature page.

Visual Compare

1.4 Filter

To hide some files or folders from the view, the filter toolbar can be enabled. Entering a simple filter like *.txt into the input field will hide all files with the .txt extension from the view. For more complex scenarios, filter groups consisting of multiple filter expressions can be created and saved in the filter manager.


1.5 Bulk Rename

The Bulk Rename tool allows you to easily and quickly rename multiple files based on flexible rename rules. For more details please see the Bulk Rename feature page.

Bulk Rename

Standard (Windows Explorer) Features

2.1 Thumbnails and Preview

The Preview feature shows the selected image, html or text file in the preview pane. The Thumbnails view is especially useful for photo collections. For details please see the Thumbnails and Preview feature page.

Thumbnails and Preview

Refine the search by specifying multiple criteria as size, last modified date and other file properties.


2.3 Details Pane

The details pane that is shown at the footer of the view is another context sensitive feature introduced in Windows Vista. Selecting a text file will only show the basic properties such as size, date and time. When an image file is selected, its dimension and the date taken will be displayed. For a music file the artist, album, title and other properties the file exposes are displayed.

Details Pane

2.4 Info Bar

Informational messages are no longer displayed in a dialog that blocks the work flow. Instead the message is shown in the Info Bar which is displayed at the top in the view. For example when searching a folder for files and indexing is disabled for this folder, the info bar would explain why the search takes longer than usual.

Info Bar

2.5 Header

For special folders such as the Libraries and Control Panel folders a header with additional information is available and displayed at top of the view. For an example please see the screenshot in the Libraries paragraph below.

2.6 Support for Libraries

Windows 7 introduced a new Libraries concept. A library is similar to a folder. It is basically a container which displays the files and folders of other folders. The Libraries folder contains four predefined default Libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. The Libraries folder can be searched and additional folders can be included.

Support for Libraries