Today I am going to show you an alternative application to using the Windows Explorer file manager, called FreeCommander, that lets you quickly and easily manage your files. Before I do that, I know that there are users out there that may not know what the Windows Explorer file manager is.
Windows Explorer is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents the user interface on the monitor and enables the user to control the computer. It is sometimes referred to as the Windows Shell, or simply “Explorer”.
Windows Explorer is an OK file manager; however, anyone that has ever used a true file manager knows that Windows Explorer is lacking in many areas. The powerhouse file managers of the past, often called “Orthodox” file managers, featured 2 pane windows and a command-line that allowed the user to perform numerous file management tasks with ease.
FreeCommander, a modern version to the orthodox file manager type, is one of those powerhouse file managers that can be installed on your PC or run from your flash drive. I currently have FreeCommander installed on my flash drive and use it when I am working on other PC’s. It is one of those apps that once you start using it you can’t put it down.
There are too many features to mention in this article, but The main features to FreeCommander are:
Dual-panel technology - horizontal and vertical
Optional tree view for each panel
Built in file viewer to view files in hex, binary, text or image format
File viewer inside archives too
Built in archive handling: ZIP (read, write), CAB (read, write), RAR (read)
Nested archive handling
Built in FTP client
Easy access to system folders, control panel, desktop and start menu
Copy, move, delete, rename files and folders
Multi rename tool
Create and verify MD5 checksums
File properties and context menu
Calculation of folder size
Folder comparison / synchronization
Modification of file date and attributes
Folder / program favorites
File searching (inside archive too)
File filters for display
User defined columns for detailed view
DOS command line
Multiple language support