GeoShell Alternatives

    GeoShell is described as '- The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to GeoShell for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is File Explorer, which is free. Other great apps like GeoShell are Files (Free, Open Source), Cairo Shell (Free, Open Source), VirtuaWin (Free, Open Source) and Finder (Free).

    This page was last updated Apr 8, 2021

    1. File Explorer (Windows 10), previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. It is sometimes referred to as the Windows shell, explorer.
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    2. Meet Files, an enthusiast take on what Windows File Explorer explorer should be. Files is the modern file manager you always wanted. It's packed with features such as fluent design, tabs, layout modes, and much more.
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    3. Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
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      VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’).
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    4. The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the desktop below that.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      bbLean is the lean version of Blackbox for Windows. It tries to keep balance between features and complexity, to give you some efficient means within a compact shell. bbLean is based stylistically on the Blackbox window manager for the X Window System by Brad Hughes.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    5. bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.
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    6. BB4Win (Blackbox for Windows) is an alternative shell for Microsoft Windows. The program aims to emulate the look and feel of a Linux based desktop. The BB4Win project was discontinued in 2005 but various branches have been built from the source.

      Discontinued

      Latest release 2009, see http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Vim
      The NERDTree is a file system explorer for the Vim editor. Using this plugin, users can visually browse complex directory hierarchies, quickly open files for reading or editing, and perform basic file system operations.
    7. SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When using SharpEnviro the default Windows desktop is replaced by a new and more powerful desktop environment.

      Discontinued

      As of december 2011 the SharpEnviro project is no longer under active development. All files provided come without any warranty or support! It is uncertain if or how well the previously released versions of SharpEnviro will work with any new or updated Windows system after Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

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