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. 

Note this is the 64-bit edition.

Multi Commander 8.0.0.2450 New features include:


ADDED - FS7Zip extension is now build using 7Zip SDK 18.01
ADDED - FolderTree now support rename
ADDED - Core Settings to start MultiCommnder minimized
ADDED - Added Command line settings /MINIMIZED to force MultiCommander to start minimized
ADDED - FolderTree can now show smart expand boxes, That only show the [+] expand box if folder have subfolders. 
         (However it can cause performance issuse since it must scan all folders, Enable settings in Explorer Panel Settings)
ADDED - Copy/Move option to skip copy or move of empty folders
         (Moving on same drive with this option will be slower, since optimzied move cant be used)
ADDED - CustomCommand MC.Explorer.Copy/Move now support SKIPEMPTYFOLDERS
ADDED - CustomCommand MC.Explorer.Copy/Move Now support overwrite options OVERWRITE_IFNEWER / OVERWRITE_IFSIZEDIFF / OVERWRITE_IFSIZELARGER / 
                                                           OVERWRITE_IFSIZESMALLER / OVERWRITE_AUTORENAME_EXISTING / OVERWRITE_AUTORENAME_NEW
ADDED - MultiScipt CopyFile/MoveFile function now support OVERWRITE_IFNEWER / OVERWRITE_IFSIZEDIFF / OVERWRITE_IFSIZELARGER / 
                                                           OVERWRITE_IFSIZESMALLER / OVERWRITE_AUTORENAME_EXISTING / OVERWRITE_AUTORENAME_NEW
ADDED - MultiScript function to work with tabs. (TabActivePanelSide/TabActiveTab/TabCount/TabGetPath/TabLoadTabSession)
ADDED - Option to turn thumbnail on/off in AlreadyExistsDialog
ADDED - Overwrite 'both' works for files copied to/from normal file system
ADDED - Pressing F4 in the Overwrite dialog will change 'Append' button to a 'Resume' button
ADDED - AlreadyExistsDialog shown for virtual filesystems like archive (zip,7zip) will now support the new overwrite states.
CHANGE- Major internal change for handling of options of overwrite of files.
FIXED - Changed how MultiCommand detects shutdown/restart of Windows 10. So it should no longer hang around when restarting Windows 10
FIXED - Issue with single instace and show tray icon
FIXED - Issue with minimize to tray icon and but Keep taskbar icon setting
FIXED - Misc uncommon issues with copy overwrite options.
FIXED - AlreadyExistsDialog , Overwrite option now works for Portable device (WPD)
FIXED - Selecting AlreadyExistsDialog Append/Rename for single file in dialog now works.
FIXED - New AlreadyExists dialog now works with drag/drop of Stream data (eg Office Outlook)
FIXED - FSRAR,7Zip, FSZip, FSBZip2 now support now file overwrite options better
FIXED - 4 Stability issue reported by crash report system
 

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A decent stab at providing a comprehensive file-management tool, packed with useful features and infinitely more attractive now it’s completely free.