I have been using MultiCommander for over six months. It made me lose interest in all previous file managers that I had been using. Today, I use MultiCommander exclusively. It’s the perfect power user file manager for Windows. And best of all, it’s completely free and also portable.
A File Manager for Professionals
The basic look of MultiCommander is that of a standard two-panel file manager.
But as you start using MultiCommander, you will notice lots of little differences. And it’s these little but enormously useful things that make MultiCommander stand out of the crowd.
You can download MultiCommander here — it comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit. Standalone and portable versions are available, too. When an updated version is pushed out by the author, the MultiUpdate feature will update MultiCommander for you.
I won’t be describing the installation procedure, which is very straightforward anyway, because I prefer to use the portable version of MultiCommander. You just download the portable version’s zip file and unpack it — and you are done.
Here is a list of basic keyboard shortcuts used in MultiCommander:
Tabswitches focus between the left and right panel F1shows the contents of images, text files, binary files F2lets you rename a file or folder F4copies the selected item(s) from one panel’s path to the other panel’s path F5refresh the panels F6moves the selected item(s) from one panel’s path to the other panel’s path F7lets you create a new folder in the panel in focus — several levels of new folders can be created simultaneously F8lets you remove the selected items (files or folders) F9opens the selected file in the program that is associated with its extension Enteropens folders, opens files in their associated programs, launches executable files, and opens archives the same way as folders
You can work with archives (zip, rar, 7z, tar, gz, bz2) as if they were folders. You can copy out or remove one or more selected items directly using the above mentioned keyboard shortcuts (
Each user has slightly different taste regarding the look and feel of his or her file manager. MultiCommander lets you customize it in many ways.
Layout of Columns
First of all, you will want to customize the layout of the panels’ columns. To do so,
When you are done customizing the column layout, click on the
A simpler way to achieve this is to manually move the widths of the columns with your mouse, then
Hide File Information Tooltip
This is a setting that could be bothersome to most users. By default, when you leave your mouse cursor within MultiCommander’s area, MultiCommander will show you information about the item above which the cursor is hovering in a tooltip. However, usually, the tooltip covers the same exact area where you are also trying to work.
To disable the tooltip, go to
Commander Style or Explorer Style
You can quickly select the look and feel of MultiCommander by selecting
You can also selectively choose which components should have which look and feel. For example, you can use the Commander style for your keyboard (
Show Hidden and System Files and Folders
To make hidden and system files and folder visible, go to
Alternatively, you can
Selecting View Mode
You can set different views for the left and right panels. There is a
Selecting Your Colors
In MultiCommander, you can set your own colors for various file types to make them easier to distinguish.
To do so, go to
In the editor, you can create detailed profiles that can use different background and font colors, fonts and font types for distinguishing various file types. You can even create rules where you can, for example, specify full or partial file names and give those their own colors and fonts. The possibilities are limitless.
Disabling the Sound Effects
I found the sound effects useful. Especially the one letting you know that a file operation that was taking a long time, like copying 50 GB of data between two drives — has finished.
Of course, I lower the volume of my speakers to a minimum, so the sound effect is not alarming.
But if you wish to disable them, you can do so via
In my next post I will delve into the more advanced and power user capabilities of MultiCommander.
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