Navigating files and folders in Windows has – it’s true – become easier with each successive release, but there’s still one major problem that’s never been addressed by Microsoft: the single folder view. Despite the existence of the Favorites Bar, copying or moving files from one folder to another usually involves opening two separate folder windows.
You then manually have to manually browse to the source and destination folder before you can drag files between them.
File explorer tools are ten-a-penny, with the most notable improvement being that you can view two or even four folders at once in single window, making copying and navigating a quick and easy affair. Multi Commander only offers a choice of single or dual panes for viewing folders, but you can open multiple tabs in each window, allowing you to create shortcuts to favourite folders that you can easily switch between for file management purposes.
A large number of buttons – all customisable - sit underneath the two panes giving you access to shortcuts, selection tools (such as images or MP3 files), system tools and various folder-based tweaks, like being able to hide DLLs from view. It also comes with built-in capabilities for accessing the Registry, viewing remote folders via FTP and opening a range of compressed archives, including 7zip, RAR and TAR in addition to Zip.
There are some useful tools thrown in for good measure: manage file and folder permissions, forcibly end stubborn processes, pack and unpack archives and create symbolic links and junctions in addition to regular shortcuts. There are also basic media management tools and a built-in file viewer for peeking at the code behind a file, all adding up to a tool that is well on its way to becoming your one-stop shop for all matters file-related.
The program interface is fully customisable, but a little drab and overwhelming for our liking in its default state – however, there’s little doubting its raw power and potential, and the fact it’s now free makes it a tool well worth checking out, although the author has warned it may revert to a paid-for license in the future.
Version 7.5.0 changes (Changelog):
ADDED - Language Aware sorting (Slower, but some language will get a more correct sorting)
ADDED - Checksum tool now support SHA256/512
ADDED - Settings for Device Dropdown if it should remember last used path or not
ADDED - FolderTree will now show folder with the same colors rules as the normal list view. (Can be turned off)
ADDED - Holding CTRL while confirming an option in the custom create folder popup (Ctrl+Shift+F7), It will now enter that folder after creating it
ADDED - MultiDataViewer will now toggle WordWrap with Ctrl+W
ADDED - CommandLine parameter /Instance=NAME , Will load/save config/userdata/log under its own instance name so you can run Multiple instances with separate config
ADDED - ToClipboard > FileContentAsText menu option is now enabled and works
ADDED - Fixed issue with MultiScript function "SetClipboardText" Can now set clipboard data that are larger
ADDED - Wheelzoom to change Thumbnail size now support larger sizes
ADDED - When folder sizing is completed a resort is done if sort column is size
FIXED - Issue with corrupted columnsets
FIXED - Tweaked column autosizing when new tab is show the first time.
FIXED - MultiDataViewer will now format hyper links with https: as clickable links
FIXED - FSFTP caused a crash if the server return incorrect information from a PASV/PORT call
FIXED - Settings might be saved if external program closes MultiCommander while being minimized to tray
FIXED - Fixed rare crash issue with MultiRename
FIXED - Sometimes when clicking on a item in Multi Commander window when focus was another app and filesystem slow, the wrong item was set as focus
FIXED - Some OneDrive sync ondemand issues. (Only on Windows Insider edition) (Some still left)
FIXED - Fixed issues when Windows returned an invalid icon overlay ( Insider Preview Windows 10 (Fall Creator Update) )
FIXED - Overwrite all issue when unpacking 7zip archives
CHANGE- Major internal change to avoid conflict with new FileSystem changes in Insider Preview Windows 10 (Fall Creator Update)
FIXED - 4 stability issue reported by crash report system
A decent stab at providing a comprehensive file-management tool, packed with useful features and infinitely more attractive now it’s completely free.