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I know this is doable in Winforms and WPF, but not sure if I can do it for explorer windows. Something that looks like this:

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Not sure, perhaps it's possible using a shell extension. If you can't find one you'll have to code it yourself. – Karan May 3 '13 at 13:43
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Well, yes, sort of. Of course, it would be best to ditch Windows Explorer as a whole and move on to another file manager of your chosing. Most of the alternative file managers can do this.

If you wanna stick with Windows Explorer, the extension QTTabBar offers this functionality. There's a screenshot available clearly offering this option. Looks like it does what you want but I don't know if it works with Windows 8.

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Thanks I only need it for Win 7. What other win explorers are there? I never heard of any since XP where the integration and performance wasn't fast. – Joan Venge Jun 3 '13 at 0:10
@Joan Venge It's impossible to list them all. I'm using both FreeCommander and Directory Opus. Also popular are xplorer2, Q-Dir, Nomad.NET, and Total Commander, of course. – JC2k8 Jun 3 '13 at 6:53
Thanks alot, appreciate it. – Joan Venge Jun 3 '13 at 12:40

There are some extensions the provide it.

I found a whole list here:

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-1: You haven't specified anything that answers the OP's question, and you linked to a list that's unmaintained and lists extensions for XP. – afrazier Jun 1 '13 at 12:25
NO it does not list extensions just for XP, it mentions QTTABBar for Windows 7 (as the other answer from JC2K8 above) as well as shortcomings for QTTABBAR so also provides other alternatives. And since it is a top 100 site... In this case that would be handier than to copy and paste the complete list in this answer. – edelwater Jun 1 '13 at 15:38

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