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2Browse - The Technician's Browser

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2Browse overview

2Browse is a technician tool that can be used as both a web browser and a file explorer. It can also be used as an FTP client as explained in this forum topic. It's very small and light, and can not be hijacked with toolbars and ad-ons. It is also available as part of UVK and Tech Tool Store.

2Browse does not have all the functionality of a real web browser nor is it supposed to. It is intended to be used when the installed browsers or the Windows Shell are infected or working too slow, or because we just like it simple.

The application is fully portable. You just need to download it by clicking the button below, and you're ready 2Browse.

The app's home page lets you quickly access either the internet or the local file system by simply clicking the desired links.

Note: We recently renewed our code signing certificate, so you may get a Smart Screen warning saying the file is not commonly downloaded and may harm your computer. Please ignore the warning and chose to keep the file anyway.

Download 2Browse

Current version: File size: 1034.12 KB.

By downloading and using this program, you declare to have read and agree with the End User License Agreement for our software.

2Browse is free software, currently only supported by donations.

If you like this program and want to support its future development, you can donate by clicking the button below. Thanks in advance. Any amount is appreciated.






Launching 2Browse

You can launch 2Browse by double clicking its executable file, like any other program, but you can also launch it by dragging a file object over its icon. See the Drag & drop section below for more info.

After launching 2Browse, it will display its home page, as in the screenshot above. This home page contains a series of links which give you quick access to the internet and the local file system and settings. This page was also especially built for computer troubleshooting and malware removal help. Just click the desired link, and 2Browse will quickly take you to the corresponding section.

If you want to learn more about how to use 2Browse to browse the internet, click here.

If you want to learn more about how to use 2Browse to browse local file objects and settings, click here

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Using 2Browse as a web browser

Like most web browsers, 2Browse allows you to search the internet by typing your search keywords directly in the address bar. Just type whatever you want to search and press Enter, or the Go! button, and 2Browse will automatically google the typed keywords. If you type the URL of a website, 2Browse will navigate to that URL instead.

2Browse's home page also gives you quick and easy internet browsing access. The topmost section contains a common google search form and links to the most visited websites in the world: Google, Bing, Yahoo and Wikipedia. You can use those to begin your internet browsing.

Given the portable nature of 2Browse, no file associations are created by the application. If you want to open an internet shortcut with 2Browse, just drag it to the application icon. 2Browse will automatically take you to the shortcut's target URL. More info on the drag and drop feature here.

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Using 2Browse as a file explorer

2Browse can also be used to browse the local file system and settings. Because 2Browse itself is an activeX control, it provides functionality very similar to the Windows file explorer you are familiar with, so learning how to use it should be a no-brainer.

The Local links section of 2Browser's homepage contains links that will quickly give you access to the root of the file system and settings (Desktop, This PC, Control panel and Settings).

It also contains direct links to some directories oftenly accessed by computer technicians working on their clients PCs (User profile, Downloads, Recycle bin and Administrative tools).

And because the so precious All Programs menu was removed from the start menu since Windows 8, 2Browse provides us similar functionality with the Current User Programs and All Users Programs links. If you are having a bad time to find and run some programs, you can use those links to quickly find the programs and pin them to the start menu.

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Menu button options

2Browse's menu button is the "three bar" button at the top right of the application's interface. Pressing this button will open a menu with several options, as shown in the screenshot above.

You can also access this menu by pressing the following combination of keyboard keys: Alt + M. All the menu items can also be accessed through hotkey combinations, as shown in the screenshot, and hilighted in blue below.

Below is the description of each item in the menu:

  • New 2Browse window (Ctrl+N): Fires a new instance of the application in a new window.
  • Up one level (Ctrl+U): Only available in File explorer mode. Navigates to the parrent folder of the current directory.
  • Downloads (Ctrl+D): Navigate to the Downloads folder in a new 2Browse window.
  • Zoom in (Ctrl++): Only available in Web browser mode. Increases the page's optical zoom by 10%.
  • Zoom out (Ctrl+-): Only available in Web browser mode. Decreases the page's optical zoom by 10%.
  • Restore zoom (Ctrl+R): Only available in Web browser mode. Restores the page's optical zoom to 100%.
  • Check for updates (Alt+C): Check if a new version of 2Browse is available.

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Using drag and drop to open files, directories and shortcuts

2Browse has full support for Drag & Drop operations. As mentioned before, you can open any file object with 2Browse by simply draging it to the application's icon. Or if 2Browse is already running, you can achieve the same effect by dragging the same file object to 2Browse's address bar. The action that 2Browse will take on the dropped file object depends on its nature.

If the dropped file object is a file folder, 2Browse will navigate to its path, displaying the contents of the folder.

If the dropped file is an internet shortcut, 2Browse will navigate to its target URL.

If the dropped file is a common shortcut, the action will be taken to the shortcut's target path instead.

If the dropped file is a supported file, 2Browse will open it directly in its own interface. Supported files are:

  • Pictures (BMP, JPG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG)
  • Text files (TXT)
  • XML files (XML, XAML)
  • Web page files (HTML, HTM, ASP, ASPX).

2Browse also supports drag and drop of file objects between two 2Browse windows, or between a 2Browse window and the built-in File Explorer.

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