In this post I would like to finish my trilogy about MultiCommander. You can find my previous posts about this file manager here and here. Today I want to describe those features and capabilities of MultiCommander that will make power users fall in love with it immediately.
Tips and Tricks for Power Users
Multiple Copy/Move Threads
MultiCommander allows you to create multiple data copying/moving threads.
These threads can run in the background while you keep working with MultiCommander.
If the copy/move operation takes a while, MultiCommander notifies you with a sound effect when the operation is complete.
Quick Launch Bar
You can add programs to the Quick Launch Bar by simply dragging and dropping.
Once the program is added, right-click on its icon and select
You can also add your own user-defined commands to the Quick Launch Bar. Simply
In case you add a lot of programs to the Quick Launch Bar, you may want it to have its own row. To achieve this, go to
In the Core Settings window, tick the
Work with Selections
I already described the many ways you can select items in MultiCommander’s panels in a previous post.
Additionally, you can also save your selections to files with the .lst extension.
To do so, go to
You can use the saved selection file later to load the selection via
The same selection saving and loading operations can be done using the computer’s memory.
Items visible in the left and right folders can be compared using the
Convert Text File Formats
In MultiCommander, you are able to convert text files between Windows, Mac, and Unix formats with one click. To do so, go to
To pack selected items using MultiCommander’s internal FS-Zip archiving tool, use the
Bulk Rename Multiple Items
To rename multiple selected items, go to
You can use RegEx (regular expressions) to find and replace character strings in the filenames and extenstions. You can also save your renaming rules to profiles and load those profiles again later.
Find Files and Search Within Files
MultiCommander allows you to not only search for files but also to search for text within files. Again, you can use regex for greater effectiveness.
Both actions are accessible via
Change Item Properties
I already published a post regarding the use of MultiCommander as a tool for bulk changing file/folder date and time.
MultiCommander can be used in the same way to bulk change other attributes of files and folders, such as read-only, hidden, archive, or system.
Remove EXIF Data from Images
To remove EXIF data from selected images go to
Remove Metadata Tags from Audio Files
To remove metadata tags from selected audio files, go to
Scan IMDb and RottenTomatoes for Movie Information
To scan selected video files for movie information online, go to
Work with Links
You can create links via
This way you can also learn the simple differences between these four kinds of links.
MultiCommander will make your life much easier by showing the targets of links directly in the file system browser panels.
The various links are differentiated by the capital letter in parentheses:
[J] means junction and
[S] means symbolic link.
When a link’s target path is too long and you can’t read it, use the
When deleting a link, you have a choice whether to remove the link only or to remove both the link and its target. The default choice is to remove the link only and leave the target alone.
Network and FTP
To browse networked drives or FTP connections, use the Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 keyboard shortcuts.
All other available locations, such as hard drives, connected portable devices, the Desktop, Favorites, etc. — will all be listed in the drop-down menus, too.
Browse Windows Registry
MultiCommander also allows you to browse the Windows Registry as another drive.
Again, use the above mentioned Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 keyboard shortcuts to easily access the Windows Registry.
You can create and use your own favorite locations. To show the Favorites window, press
There are three available categories for favorite locations: Quick Paths, Favorites (same as in Windows Explorer), and Web.
You can add your own locations to all three categories via
To browse the history of location you visited in MultiCommander, use the following keyboard shortcuts:
Alt+left arrowto go back in history Alt+right arrowto go forward in history Alt+down arrowto show the history as a list of locations
You can also
Disconnect Drives and Connections
To disconnect a portable device or a network connection, open the location you wish to disconnect and click on the
Create and Verify Checksum Files
MultiCommander allows you to create and verify checksums of files. To do so, go to
A checksum file is used to verify whether the authenticity and integrity of files has been corrupted since the checksum’s creation.
MultiCommander can be run in both user and administrator mode. Administrator mode can be also launched from inside MultiCommander via File > New > MultiCommander as Admin.
When running with administrator privileges, there is an
[Admin] tag shown at the beginning of MultiCommander’s window title bar.
An admin can take ownership of file and can set file/folder permissions for all users. To do so, go to
MultiCommander can help you in finding locked handles, files and DLLs (dynamic-link libraries) via
File Type Setup
You can use
Additionally, you can define what icons should be shown with specific file extensions.
Customize Keyboard Shortcuts
MultiCommander gives users a wealth of keyboard shortcuts. All of which can be customized to meet your individual preferences. To do so, go to
Access to Control Panel
All Windows Control Panel items are accessible directly from within MultiCommander’s menu bar at
Extensions and Plugins
MultiCommander has lots of extensions and plug-ins. You can manage them via
MultiCommander creates a virtual file system layer via which it operates. This allows it to have two types of file system plugins: devices and containers.
Devices add new prefixes to the virtual file system, such as FTP:, REG:, and NET: — so that the user can browse, for example, the Windows Registry as if it was another drive.
Containers are used to browse structured files, such as ZIP or RAR archives, and present them to the user as a folder with files in it.
Commands, Aliases and Scripts
MultiCommander is the most versatile file manager I have ever encountered.
You can create your own buttons (via
To familiarize yourself with MultiCommander’s custom commands, read up on them here.
MultiCommander is a godsent for developers, programmers, and users who want more features and more access.
And what’s more, Mathias Svensson, the author, is a great guy and will answer even the most ridiculous questions with great care.
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