Alternatives to Direct Folders for all platforms with any license

  • FlashFolder

    FlashFolder is an open source tool that extends the file-related common dialogs (e.g. open/save dialog) seen in most Windows applications. A small toolbar docks onto...

    • Discontinued Only inofficial versions for Win7 up ... buggy and no support from Zett42, developer that seems to be out of office. So pls mark as discontinued - average user will have too many problems.

    Free Open Source Windows Windows Explorer

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  • Default Folder X

    Save your files effortlessly and open your folders instantly. Default Folder X makes Mac OS X's Open and Save dialogs work as quickly as you do. Custom keyboard...

    Commercial Mac

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  • FileBox eXtender

    FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. (Note that if a program uses its own...

    • Discontinued FileBox eXtender is no longer supported. The binary builds and source code are available for download.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Chameleon Explorer

    Chameleon Explorer is a compact file manager for people who need to work with multiple folders as quickly as possible.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Folder Guide

    After quick install it will appear in context menus of Windows Explorer and Open/Save dialogs as "Folder Guide" item. With Folder Guide, you no longer need...

    Free Windows

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  • FindeXer

    FindeXer customize your Explorer windows locations area for quick access to your most frequently used folders. After you install FindeXer, you need to restart Explorer...

    Free Windows

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  • PS Hot Folders

    Using PS Hot Folders special easily configured menu, you can quickly go to the folder that you want in standard Open, Save As and Browse dialogs or quickly open the...

    Commercial Windows

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  • CFDButton

    CFDButton is a tiny app that installs a button on the windows common file dialog to provide time saving functionality. It adds three functions: It allows you to...

    Free Windows

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Direct Folders Comments

Great Add-On

Comment by disme
about Direct Folders · Feb 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I've been using Direct Folder for two years and it is a real time saver. I switched to it in Windows 10 (64-bit) after X-Files Dialog stopped working.
By adding the Direct Folders bar above save/save as dialogs, Direct Folder gives you instant access to the folders you choose, saving a ton of time and effort looking for those directories in the ordinary save/save as dialog boxes.


Direct Folders 3.8 released on April 22, 2017

Comment by ln8998
about Direct Folders · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

This is an excellent program, which I've used for several years on Windows XP and now on Windows 7 64-bit. Very handy in many ways, and very much worth trying. There's a small problem with recent versions of Firefox, which I hope the developer will soon find time to fix.


The issue with Firefox is solved (version 3.62)

Version 3.62, the last update to this program, came out in June 2010. My comment (above), posted in August 2010, was based on that version. Direct Folders has not been updated since my comment, and it remains buggy in Windows 7 64-bit--especially, but not entirely, in Firefox. Alas, the developer of this program currently seems more interested in programming in for Android than in developing his Windows apps. Too bad . . .

I still use it, and put up with the occasional bugs, 'cause I can't find anything to replace it.

Yes, and I just tried it in my Windows XP laptop. The Firefox issue is still there, as it has been for more than one year with no fix from the developer. Too bad. Check out Listary . . .

Seems the On Top option does not always work on all windows like a pop out window for Firefox.