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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. There are also desktop menus that can be triggered whenever a user clicks' 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 Files, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GeoShell are File Explorer, Cairo Shell, Finder and VirtuaWin.

GeoShell alternatives are mainly File Managers but may also be Desktop Environments or Window Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GeoShell.
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    Files

    106 alternatives to Files 

    Files is a file manager which leverages the latest features of the Windows platform including Fluent Design, seamless updates, and APIs which enable the performance and lifecycle behavior that users expect.

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    1.  Dark ModeFiles supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  Ad-freeFiles doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  2. File Explorer icon

    File Explorer

    • Windows
    118 alternatives to File Explorer 

    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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    Cairo Shell

    37 alternatives to Cairo Shell 

    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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    Finder

    132 alternatives to Finder 

    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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    VirtuaWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    25 alternatives to VirtuaWin 

    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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    1.  PortableVirtuaWin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      VirtuaWin - Multiple Virtual Desktops
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      BB4Win

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      17 alternatives to BB4Win 

      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.

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      1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBB4Win can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
      Discontinued

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

      For those who prefer a not-so-minimal setup. If I tried to put 82 icons on my explorer desktop I doubt they'd fit in a single column
      Minimalism doesn't mean ugly. Also an example of BB4Win scripting and the box to change your wallpaper
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      SharpEnviro

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      19 alternatives to SharpEnviro 

      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.

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      1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsSharpEnviro supports the use of multiple displays.
        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.

        Default Setup
        Multiple toolbars
      • NERD tree

        • FreeOpen Source
        • Mac
        • Windows
        • Linux
        • Vim
        69 alternatives to NERD tree 

        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.

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        bbLean

        • FreeOpen Source
        • Windows
        10 alternatives to bbLean 

        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.

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        This app doesn't have any features at the moment.
        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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      • bug.n

        52 alternatives to bug.n 

        bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.

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        1.  Portablebug.n can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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