MultiCommander’s More Advanced Features

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In my last post, I introduced MultiCommander as the best Windows Explorer replacement software for everyone. Now I would like to show you some of the more advanced features of MultiCommander.

Clipboard Operations

Paste Image Data

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Save clipboard as image

When you create a printscreen by pressing the PrtScr button, you can save this clipboard data directly into a specific folder via the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut.

A pop-up then gives you a menu to decide in what format you would like to save the image data — bmp, jpg, png, or as binary (raw) data.

Paste Text Data

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Save clipboard as text

When you you copy text from somewhere using the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut, again, you can paste the clipboard data directly into a folder via Ctrl+V.

A pop-up then gives you a menu to decide in what format you would like to save the text data — ASCII, Unicode, ASCII with CRLF, Unicode with CRLF, or raw data.

Send Lists to Clipboard

The other way around, you can send lists of file and folder names, paths, etc. to the clipboard. Select the items you would like to obtain as a list manually — Ctrl+A selects all items in the panel in focus, Ctrl+left-click selects items one by one, Shift+left-click selects all items between two selected items.

You can also utilize filters to make more special selections. Use the Ctrl+Shift+F keyboard shortcut or click on the funnel icon located in the bottom right corner of each panel to bring up the filters context menu.

To send your selection to the clipboard as a list, go to Tools > To Clipboard and select one of the options.

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Send to clipboard

Alternatively, you can right-click on the Copy the file/folder pathname to the clipboard icon and make your selection there.

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Clipboard button

Working with Image Files

Viewing Photoshop Files

MultiCommander lets you view image files by pressing F1 on a standard image file like bmp, jpg, png, gif, or tiff. But you can make it also view the contents of Photoshop PSD documents.

To make this work, go to Configuration > File Type Setup…. In the Viewers tab, locate and click on the line called MC Picture Viewer. In the File Extensions box add *.psd, then click Save.

Basic Image Editor

When you press F1 on an image file and then right-click within the image viewer’s window, there are a number of basic image editing tools available.

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Basic image editor

You can zoom, rotate, and resize the image, and also make some simple color adjustments.

Browsing Hard Drives

Swap Panels

To swaps the left and right panels back and forth, use the Ctrl+U keyboard shortcut.

Move Between Folders Faster

There are several ways to speed up the movement between folders and sub-folders.

First, you can left-click on a folder in the path field located right above the panel’s column headers. This action will take you to that folder’s location right away.

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Jump to subfolders directly

Next, you can right-click on a parent folder in the path field.

If that folder contains sub-folders, a drop-down menu appears listing all sub-folders of that parent folder.

By clicking on a sub-folder from the menu, you will be taken directly to that folder.

Finally, you can use a trick that was specifically included for developers. Let’s say that you are developing an app and want to jump between two sub-folders of two versions of your source code.

For example you want to jump from

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To do this, press Shift+Ctrl while you right-click on the App folder in the path field. Even if the final alternative sub-folder doesn’t exist, MultiCommander will take you as far in the folder tree as possible, given that there is at least a partial match in the alternative branch’s sub-folders.

Furthermore, when you select a folder in the right panel, you can open that folder’s contents in the left panel by using the Ctrl+left arrow keyboard shortcut. And, similarly, you can open a folder in the right panel which you have selected in the left panel via Ctrl+right arrow.

Move Directly Between Sibling Folders

To move directly between sibling folders, use the Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn keyboard shortcuts.

Windows Operations

The Folder Tree

You can show or hide the folder tree for each panel by clicking on the folder tree icon located at the beginning of a row of icons at the top right area of each panel.

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Folder tree

Create New

To create a new zero-byte file, such as a bitmap image or text file, right-click on the folder where you wish to create the new file. Then simply select New > Bitmap Image, New > Text File, etc. in the context menu.

When the new file is created, MultiCommander will also bring you to the folder where the file is located, so that you can give it a name. The same principles apply for creating new folders.

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First line in the panel

In case you want to create a new file or folder in the folder where you are currently located, right-click on the first line in the panel. Then make your selection in the context menu.

Quick Create — Folders

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Quick Create — Folders

Another way to quickly create a folder at your current location is to right-click on the Create Folder (F7) icon.

Then select one of the predefined folder names from the drop-down menu.

You can also create your customized entries that will then show up in the drop-down menu, too.

Folder Size

To calculate the size of a folder, select the folder and press the spacebar or the Shift+Alt+Enter keyboard shortcut.

Properties

To bring up the Properties window for a file or folder, select that item, and press the Alt+Enter keyboard shortcut.

Final Words

In my next post, I will focus on those aspects of MultiCommander that make it so very useful to power users.

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