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Work at Total Commander. File Manager Total Commander

Total Commander is one of the most popular file managers since the distant 90s. Even earlier, this program was called Windows Commander, but under pressure from Windows developers, it was renamed to the name that it has today.

It’s worth saying right away that the Total Commander program is paid. Its price is 34 dollars, but without buying it, we can still use it even after a month, only at each download in a special window the program will ask you to press the number 1, 2 or 3.

Earlier, I already touched upon Total Commander in my lessons and articles. I told how to install Total Commander, and also described its most important advantages, in the article: Total Commander – simplifies the work on the computer.

Here I will not describe in detail what kind of program it is, how to install it, and why it is needed, because for this I wrote the above materials.

In this article, I will describe how to configure Total Commander immediately after installation. What needs to be done for comfortable work, and what should be done at your own discretion and taste, and what you need to know for more productive work on the computer using this wonderful program.


After the first launch of Total Commander, you can immediately notice that the program interface is divided into two parts, on which the list of files is displayed. We can work with disks here. We select the drive we need, and the entire list of files that lie in this place opens. So it is on the other hand.

We can open the drive (C 🙂 on the one hand and (D 🙂 on the other, and quietly move the files by selecting them and pressing the F6 key on the keyboard, or the “F6 Move” button.

In the window that opens, confirm by pressing the “OK” button.

Files from one folder on the disk (D 🙂 were moved to the root of the disk (C :).

Thus, you can move and copy anything to any folder from any drive. In general, the same thing as we did with the standard Windows Explorer, we went into My computer and then onto the hard drive, then we found there the necessary file or folder that needs to be moved to another place and with the last step we indicated where exactly we need to be moved. Here the same thing, but everything is much simpler.

We select on the left that we need to move or copy, and on the right we open the place where these files and folders will be placed and press F5 or F6, depending on what we need to copy or move.

At the very top of Total Commander is a menu, as in all other programs. Under it is a toolbar, by default there are a couple of programs – a built-in FTP client, archiver, notepad and more. There are also several useful buttons – forward backward through folders, view of file display and some more.

At the bottom of the program there is a command line, well, this is for those who have already worked with it. I rarely use it to be honest.

Under the command line of the button that we have already touched, a hot key is immediately indicated next to each of them. These buttons are mainly responsible for working with folders and files. You can copy, move, delete, edit, create new folders.

I like the way files with folders are displayed in the left and right columns. There is a list of files and folders, everyone has their own name, next to them are indicated: type, size, date, attributes. Conveniently enough, this view is called Detailed.

The list of files may have a different look, perhaps one of them you like more. I will only list them, and just below I will show how this view can be changed.

Brief – in this form, all content is displayed in several columns, and there is nothing next to the name. All that remains is the name and extension.

Comments – similar to the Detailed mode, but one column will still appear here, where you can see a comment for each file or folder, if any.

View thumbnails – in this mode, instead of a list of files, we get the display of all folders and files with large icons. I use it when sorting photos. See for yourself:

Directory tree – files and folders will be in the form of a tree. Look, everyone will understand:

You can select any of the views through the “View” menu, and there we already indicate the one we need.

The program Total Commander has a lot of different functions, plus over the years the program has appeared a bunch of different add-ons. Within the framework of one article, it will not be possible to consider everything, I will tell you the main thing.

At the very bottom there are seven buttons that we have touched more than once – View, Edit, Copy, Move, Directory, Delete, Exit. Each has a hotkey.

Total Commander has in its arsenal an application for viewing files. You need to select the file and press F3 on the keyboard, or the “F3 View” button in the program.

When viewing a text file, you can only see what kind of text is there, editing will not work. To do this, there are other applications about them further.

The F4 hotkey or the “F4 Edit” button is responsible for editing text documents. Select the file, press F4, the file is opened for editing in a regular notebook installed in systems…

But you can change the opening of text files for editing, by default, from Notepad to another text editor, for example, Notepad. I use it and I want that when you press the “F4 Edit” button, the file for editing opens in Notpad. This can be done.

You need to get into the settings of Total Commander. We go to the menu “Configuration – Setup”.

We go to the “Edit / View” section. Specify the path to the installed Notepad program. Then we save through the OK button.

We are now trying to open a text document using the F4 key. It opens in Notpad, and not as before in a standard notebook.


Buttons F5 and F6 are already familiar to you. We know that they are responsible for moving and copying selected files from one panel to the next.

Having selected the file and pressing the F6 key, you can not only move it, but also rename it. To do this, select the file name that we want to change, then press F6, delete the move path and write a new file name. Then click OK.

In this case, it does not move anywhere, but simply will be renamed and will remain in the same place.

Using the “F7 Directory” button, you can create a new folder. We get up in the place of the hard drive where the new folder should appear, press F7, enter the name and click “OK”. Folder created.

Via F8, the selected objects are deleted.

Selected files in Total Commander can be distinguished from ordinary ones in that the selected ones are red.

To select several files at once, you need to hold down the Ctr key and start clicking on the objects that you want to select. You can also do this with a space. We select the file, press the spacebar and so do with the rest, which must be selected.

In addition to highlighting with a space, the size of the folder is calculated. If this folder weighs a lot and there is a decent amount of files, then you will have to wait a few seconds to calculate.

The next convenient feature in Total Commander that I would like to talk about is tab support.

As you can see, I immediately have three tabs open. At the moment I’m in the “shortcut” tab, I can go to “downloads” or “web-master”, there I have other folders open. You can open as many tabs as you like.

You can create a tab by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctr + T. It is very convenient to use them if we constantly have to move from one folder to another. You can also create a new tab by right-clicking on the one that already exists, and selecting “Open a copy of the tab” in the list that appears.

And when a copy of the tab opens, you can go to it and open the folder you need there. You can quickly switch between tabs using the keyboard shortcut Ctr + Tab. By the way, after closing the program and the next launch, the tabs retain their previous location. So keep that in mind.

Now let’s talk about archiving in Total Commander. To pack some files or folders into the archive, you need to select them first, and then click the “Files – Pack” menu.

A window appears with the settings for packing files. Here we can see the path where the archive will be placed. There is nothing special to change here, except for the format in which we want to receive the archive. Choose RAR or ZIP, others are rarely used.

But Total Commander himself can only work with ZIP, if we want RAR, then a program, for example WinRAR, must be separately installed on the computer. Also, through the “Settings” button, you need to select it.

Specify the folder with the installed archiver. Click OK.

Click “OK” when everything is configured.

Unpacking the archive is not more difficult. Select it with the mouse and click “Files – Unzip”. In the window that opens, click OK.

Like standard Windows Explorer, Total Commander also has its own search. And moreover, it is much more convenient and functional. You can start it by clicking on the binoculars icon or through the menu “Commands – File Search”.

We have a search built into Total Commander. This is how it looks.

On the “General Settings” tab, you can set basic settings.

In the File name field, enter the name of the file we want to find. There is still an arrow nearby, clicking on which we will see what we were looking for earlier. You also need to indicate exactly where we want to search. You can select a folder or the entire drive at once. By checking the box “Search also in archives”, the search will still be conducted in the archives. This feature is not available in standard Windows Explorer. To start the search, click the “Start Search” button.

Also, using this search, you can search for specific text in text files. I use this function most often when developing sites, you may find it useful in something else.

Specify a folder or disk, then enter the text you want to find and click “Start Search”.

The search function will try to find all the files where this text occurs, examining all the text files that will be in the folder or disk specified by you.

To be honest, this is only a small part of what Total Commander can do and has much more settings.

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