The best dual-pane file managers for Windows 10

By: Milan Stanojevic
22 minute read

File Explorer is a decent file manager, but many users prefer using dual-pane file managers. These types of file managers have their advantages, and many of them offer some advanced features that File Explorer lacks. Since these applications can be so useful, today we’re going to show you several great dual-pane file managers for Windows 10.

What is the best dual-pane file manager for Windows 10?

Multi Commander

If you’re looking for a dual-pane file manager, you should consider Multi Commander. This tool has a multi-tabbed interface so you can quickly navigate through multiple directories. The application supports caching for fast file browsing. Thanks to this feature, you can easily work with directories that have thousands of files.

In addition to files, Multi Commander works with Zip, 7-Zip, Rar, Tar, gz, and bz2 file archives. It’s also worth mentioning that this tool has a powerful and flexible file search feature. In addition, you can also change file ownership and permissions right from it. The application allows you to preview pictures, but you can also convert or edit them. In addition to pictures, Multi Commander also allows you to view audio file properties and edit MP3 tags.

The application has a built-in MultiRename tool so you can easily rename multiple files simultaneously. Of course, the MultiRename has an undo feature, so you can easily revert the changes. Multi Commander also offers FTP support, so you can easily access a network server with it. The application offers a powerful scripting engine that allows you to create scripts and automate tedious tasks. There’s also support for various extensions and plug-ins that allow you to enhance the functionality of this tool.

Multi Commander is a great dual-pane file manager that offers a wide range of features. The application is completely free, and with the portable version available, you don’t even have to install it in order to run it.

WinNc

WinNc is another dual-pane file manager for Windows 10. The application has a tabbed interface allowing you to open multiple directories. Using this tool, you can perform basic tasks such as copying, moving or deleting, but you can also compress or uncompress files and create links. The application also supports some advanced options such as disc burning and it can even create ISO files. In addition, you can also convert audio or create self-extracting .exe files from .zip archives.

WinNc uses different colors for different actions, so you can easily distinguish files that are being copied or moved. In addition, you can queue your actions and perform multiple tasks with ease. There’s also a built-in file viewer, slideshow viewer, and multimedia player so you can preview your files with ease.

This file manager has a Quick Access feature that lets you open frequently accessed folders with ease. To do that, you just need to enter the folder name in the Quick Access box. If needed, you can also add certain folders to favorites so you can access them in a matter of seconds. We also have to mention this tool has FTP file support, so you can easily upload or download files from a web server.

WinNc offers great user interface and a wide array of features. The application is available for free, but it comes with a nag screen that will appear every time you start the application.

AB Commander

Another great dual-pane file manager that we want to show you is AB Commander. The application offers support for tabs, so you can switch easily between several open directories. It also supports all standard file management options while offering some advanced features like a built-in image viewer as well as a text editor. Speaking of images, you can change their resolution or rotate them. We have to mention that there’s also support for file splitting and folder synchronization.

Each pane has a folder tree so you can easily navigate through your directories. Speaking of navigation, the application has history and favorites lists,  allowing you to easily access your favorite folders. Using this tool, you can rename multiple files simultaneously, which can be rather useful. There’s also support for filters to view only specific type of files along with a useful search feature that allows you to search text files for a specific string.

AB Commander is a great file manager for Windows, but unfortunately it’s not free. The application is available for a free trial, but if you want to continue using it, you need to purchase a license.

Xplorer²

If you’re looking for a dual-pane file management tool with a tabbed interface, you should definitely check out Xplorer². The application is lightweight, so it should work on any PC without issues.

Xplorer² offers instant file preview so you can preview any text, video, audio or document with ease. You can also customize each pane and view files as thumbnails or in lists, and you can even group your files in order to organize them better. Speaking of organization, there’s even support for multi-way sorting. It’s necessary to mention that Xplorer² will memorize your preview mode for each folder so you won’t have to change it again, a hugely useful feature.

The application has a built-in text editor that supports RTF, Unicode and UTF8 files, allowing you to modify any text file with ease. In addition to text files, you can view and edit metadata of any file. There’s even a powerful search feature that can search for all folder types, including zipfolders. The application can also search metadata so you should be able to find any file in a matter of seconds. Speaking of searching, you can also search the content of your documents using this tool. Xplorer² also has a scrap container that you can use to store multiple files and folders.

A cleanup feature will find and remove duplicate files. And if you’re an advanced user, you’ll be pleased to hear this application supports DOS commands and scripts. Thanks to this feature, you can apply these commands to multiple files with ease.

Xplorer² supports basic file management features but also has support for some advanced options such as split-merge, file shredding, etc. supporting a powerful file transfer system that allows you to copy multiple files simultaneously in the background. Of course, there’s full support for error handling and confirmations.

Another useful feature is the ability to export folder listings. The application is rather user-friendly and you can view previous entries for most input fields. There’s also an autocompletion feature for input fields that helps you enter the desired text more easily.

Xplorer² is a great dual-pane task manager but unfortunately, it isn’t free. The application is perfect for both basic and advanced users and comes with a 21-day free trial. If you want to continue using the application after the trial period, you’ll have to purchase the license.

One Commander

Another useful dual-pane file manager is One Commander. The application has a modern design, so it looks visually appealing and supports two different themes which you can easily switch between. Users can use the column view if you prefer the dual-pane vie along with tab support tabs so you can work with multiple folders easily.

The application has an address bar that shows you all available subfolders and works similarly to a folder tree, a great feature since it allows you to navigate to any folder with ease. Although this feature is useful, it might take some users a while to get used to it. Fortunately, you can minimize the address bar and it will work like a standard address bar in File Explorer.

The application has a useful history panel in the right pane, so you can easily access any previously visited folder. Of course, you can also create a list of favorite directories and access them with a single click. All standard file management features are available and there’s also a search feature as well as a Droplist feature that you can use to store files. The application has a built-in preview for audio, video and text files, so you can preview them without using a third-party application.

One Commander offers a unique design, and even its context dialogs have a distinctive look. This is a solid file manager software, but we have to mention that it has a high memory usage compared to our previous entries. Despite this flaw, this is a solid file manager with a unique design. The application is completely free, and there’s even a portable version available. If you prefer using Universal apps, we’re happy to inform you that One Commander is also available on Windows Store.

Directory Opus

If you’re looking for a powerful file management software, you might want to consider Directory Opus. The application allows you to choose between single pane or dual-pane view. In order to make the navigation simpler there’s a file tree available so you can navigate to a specific folder with ease. In addition, there’s also support for tabs thus allowing you to open multiple directories at once.

The application has a powerful search feature, and you can easily search for any file. In addition, there’s the ability to filter, sort and group your folders. Since working with multiple files can be confusing, you can color them, assign icons or star ratings in order to differentiate your files. In addition, you can also add tags and descriptions to your files. There’s also a preview pane available so you can preview images and documents with a single click. We have to mention that Directory Opus fully supports metadata, so you can easily both edit and view it. The application supports batch renaming thus allowing you to easily rename multiple files simultaneously. As for additional features, there’s support for file synchronization as well as a duplicate finder.

The application has support for FTP so you can download and upload files without relying on third-party applications. There’s also support for archive formats such as Zip, 7Zip and RAR. Using this tool you can easily calculate folder size or export folder listings. If needed, you can also queue certain actions in order to improve performance.

Directory Opus also has an image converter and uploader, and there’s even support for disc burning. The application has a simple and clean user interface, so even the basic users will be able to use it. This is a solid file manager software, but unfortunately it’s not free. The application comes with a 30-day trial, and if you want to continue using it, you’ll need to purchase a license.

Saladin

Many file managers offer wide range of features and cluttered user interface, but if you want something different, you might want to consider Saladin. The application offers rather simple user interface, so you won’t feel overwhelmed with the amount of available features.

Saladin offers dual-pane user interface so you can easily move files from one directory to another. Unfortunately it seems that there’s no support for tabs, so you won’t be able to work with multiple directories simultaneously. The application has full Windows Shell integration, so all context menus and drag and drop operations will be available.

There’s also an integrated file viewer, so you can easily view text files, binary files and images. Speaking of file types, we have to mention that there’s support for ZIP archives so you can browse them similarly to regular directories. In addition, you can pack and extract your files right from this tool. If needed, you can open other archive types thanks to the Windows Shell integration. In addition, the application also offers basic support for FTP connections thus allowing you to download and upload files from web servers.

Saladin is a simple file management application so it doesn’t offer any advanced features. Our only complaint is the lack of tabs, but we’re certain that we’ll see this feature in the future installments. Despite this minor flaw, this is a great tool with a simplistic design, so if you’re looking for a free file manager be sure to try Saladin.

XYplorer

XYplorer is another dual-pane file manager that we have to mention. The application supports tabs, and you can rename, move, lock or hide them with ease. All open tabs contain their configuration, so they will remain the same even if you close the application. If you want to perform a search, you can do it right from the Address bar in XYplorer. We have to mention that the search supports both Boolean operators and regular expressions.

The application has a folder tree on the left, so you can easily navigate to any folder with just a few clicks. The folder tree supports highlighting thus allowing you to easily distinguish a selected directory. In addition, the folder tree will also highlight the path to the selected folder. We have to mention that there’s a Mini Tree feature available as well. Using this feature you’ll only see paths and directories that you already used so you can access them quickly from the folder tree.

If you frequently use specific folders, you can simply add them to the Catalog panel for quick access. The Catalog panel lets you organize your favorite folders and provides you with instant access to them. The application also uses breadcrumb bars that show you the full path to the currently open directory. At any time you can click the arrow next to the directory name and choose any subfolder. The application also has a hidden Info Panel at the bottom that you can use to preview images, audio and video files. In addition, you can view file properties and metadata right from the Info Panel.

The application has a powerful file search feature that supports Boolean logic, advanced patterns, regular expressions, fuzzy matching and content search. In addition, the search feature can search multiple locations and it can even find duplicated files. The application has a floating preview feature that allows you to easily preview almost any type of file. It’s worth mentioning that the application supports undo and redo actions up to 100 steps. This is incredibly useful if you accidentally move or delete a certain file and you need to restore it.

XYplorer supports action queuing so you can easily create a sequence of actions and perform them one after another. The application allows you to assign tags to both files or folders so you can organize them better. There’s also a Hotlist feature that will display your history in a context menu thus allowing you to easily access any folder. The application supports batch rename so you can easily rename multiple files at once. Batch rename also has a detailed preview so you can easily see possible conflicts. The application allows you to create user defined commands and you can assign captions or even keyboard shortcuts to them.

If needed, the application allows you to copy the directory listing to clipboardhar. In addition, you can also print it or save it to a file right from this tool. The application fully supports .zip files and you can extract or add files to them with ease. We also have to mention that there’s a Raw View feature that supports both ASCII and HEX views for all files.

XYplorer is an amazing file manager that offers wide range of features. We have to mention that this application isn’t free, but you can download and use the 30-day trial version free of charge.

Total Commander

Probably one of the most popular file managers for Windows is Total Commander. This is another dual-pane file manager, and like most entries on our list it fully supports tabs. The application supports drag and drop method, so you can easily use both File Explorer and Total Commander simultaneously. If you’re an advanced user, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a built-in command line that you can use to start programs with different parameters.

The application has a built-in file viewer so you can view any file in hex, binary or text format. There’s also a Bitmap viewer as well as an HTML viewer. You can switch between several different views and show thumbnails if needed. It’s worth mentioning that Total Commander supports multi-rename so you can easily rename several files at once.

All standard file manager features are there and you can easily move, copy or delete your files. Total Commander also allows you to compare files by content and there’s even support for folder synchronization. Another great feature is the ability to split or to combine big files. Of course, you can also search your PC for duplicate files right from Total Commander. In addition, you can show or select files that match a certain pattern or have a specific size or content. To find a specific file faster, there’s an enhanced search feature that can search multiple drives and archives with ease. This feature can also search through the contents of text files and display files that meet the search criteria.

Total Commander offers native support for archives so you can easily view and extract files. As for supported formats, the application supports ZIP, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ,CAB, RAR and ACE formats. If you want to add support for more file formats, you can do that using various plug-ins. Another feature that will be useful to web developers is the built-in FTP client. Since Total Commander can work as an FTP client, you won’t have to rely on third-party clients anymore.

Total Commander is an amazing file manager, and with the wide range of available features, it will be perfect for both basic and advanced users. Trial version is available for download, but if you want to continue using this application, you’ll need to purchase a license.

Q-Dir

If you’re looking for a file manager application that can support more than two panes, you might want to consider Q-Dir. The application offers support for up to four panes, so you can easily work on multiple directories. If you prefer standard dual-view, you can also switch back to it with a single click. Of course, there’s full support for tabs so you can open multiple directories with ease.

Using this application you can easily add desired directories to the favorites section and access them later with a single click. The application supports various filters that allow you to easily display the desired files. Just like all other file managers, Q-Dir fully supports drag and drop method thus allowing you to easily move files between panes. In addition, the application allows you to view .zip files and there’s even support for FTP.

Q-Dir also allows you to export the folder listings to XLS, CSV, TXT or HTML file and share it with others. The application supports highlighting so you can easily highlight certain file types in order to differentiate them. If you prefer using address bar for navigation, we’re happy to inform you that you’ll get suggestions as you type, thus making folder navigation faster and simpler. Q-Dir also has a file tree, and you can have a single file tree or individual file tree for every pane. The application also offers preview, so you can preview images with a single click.

Q-Dir is a solid dual-pane file manager, but it lacks some features that other applications have. Unlike other applications, it allows you to have up to four panes, which can be rather useful to some users. It’s also worth mentioning that the application has a minimalistic and simple design, so all features are easily accessible. Lastly, Q-Dir is completely free, and with the portable version available you don’t even have to install it in order to use it.

Free Commander

Another great file manager that we have to mention is Free Commander. The application allows you to choose between dual-pane or single pane view and there’s also support for tabs. In addition, you can also show a folder tree for each pane and use it to navigate to a desired directory with ease. The application also has a built-in file viewer so you can easily view images or any other file in hex, binary or text format. We have to mention that Free Commander works with ZIP archives, and you can easily view files and images inside an archive. If you want to work with other types of archives, you can do that via various plug-ins.

The application offers a powerful search engine, and you can use it to search through folders and archives alike. The application allows you to create and verify MD5 checksums, and there’s even a multi rename tool available. Free Commander also has the ability to wipe files, so you can permanently delete files using this tool. We also have to mention that the tool supports folder comparison and folder synchronization. Speaking of folders, you can also calculate folder size and see which directories take the most space right from this tool. You can also split large files right from this tool in order to share them more easily.

The application allows you to create folder and program favorites thus allowing you to access them quickly with a single click. In order to show specific files quickly, the application has support for file filters and you can also use regular expressions along with them. There’s also a quick file viewer as well as quick search that allows you to find specific files with ease. If you’re an advanced user that prefers using the command line, you’ll be pleased to hear that DOS command line is also available.

Free Commander offers friendly and visually appealing user interface, and with wide range of features it’s perfect for every advanced user. The application is completely free, so there’s no reason not to try it.

Altap Salamander

If you’re looking for a powerful file manager, we have to recommend you Altap Salamander. The application offers dual-pane interface, but it seems that there’s no support for tabs, so you won’t be able to work with multiple directories simultaneously.

All basic file management options are available, and you can easily edit, move, rename or delete files. In addition, you can also queue your actions if you want. There’s also support for advanced operations and you can easily change file attributes or file encoding right from this app. You can also see how much space your files occupy on your hard drive. We have to mention that this application supports encryption thus allowing you to decrypt and encrypt your files.

Speaking of security, the application has a password manager that can encrypt and store your passwords. In addition, you can easily clear your browsing history so you won’t leave any traces of activity in the app. It’s also worth mentioning that you can shred files and permanently delete them, thus protecting your privacy.

As for advanced features, you can easily explore or extract a ZIP archive, and there’s also support for other archive file types. If you’re a web developer, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can access a web server using the FTP connection. In order to ensure maximum security, the application supports FTPS, SCP, SFTP, and SMB protocols as well.

Altap Salamander has a powerful search feature that allows you to search through multiple windows simultaneously. The search supports regular expressions and you can use various criteria to narrow it down. In addition, you can also search for duplicate files with this feature. The application allows you to view text and binary files as well as bitmap images. In addition, you can inspect database files as well. There’s also support for multimedia, so you can easily explore your mp3 tags.

This tool fully supports thumbnails and you can easily enlarge them by using the mouse wheel. Another feature that we have to mention is the ability to restore your files with Undelete feature. Thanks to this feature, you can recover deleted files from any storage device. We also have to mention that there’s a file comparison as well as batch rename feature. Of course, you can also add third-party plug-ins and enhance the functionality of this tool even further.

Altap Salamander is a solid application, and the main flaw might be the lack of tabs and folder tree. Despite this flaw, the application offers extensive number of features, so it will be perfect for every advanced user. The evaluation version is available for download, but in order to continue using this application, you need to purchase a license.

Double Commander

If you’re looking for a minimalistic file manager, we have to recommend you Double Commander. The application has a dual-pane interface, and with tab support you can easily work with multiple directories. There’s also a built-in text editor along with syntax highlighting thus allowing you to edit text files with ease. We have to mention that there’s also a file viewer, so you can view files in hex, binary or text format. As for additional features, there’s a multi-rename as well as folder synchronization feature. If you’re a web developer, you’ll be pleased to hear that this application also supports FTP connection for file transfer.

Double Commander allows you to explore archives as well as extract or add files to them. As for supported formats, the application works with ZIP, TAR GZ, TGZ, LZMA, BZ2, RPM, CPIO, DEB, and RAR archives. The application has extended search feature that can search through file contents with ease. If needed, you can also add tabs to favorites and open them with a single click. There’s also support for various plug-ins so you can enhance the functionality of this app even further.

Double Commander offers a simple user interface, but it has a lot to offer in terms of functionality. Overall, Double Commander is a great file manager for basic users, and since it’s completely free and portable, it will work on any PC.

Unreal Commander

Another free dual-pane manager that we want to mention is Unreal Commander. The application offers a simple user interface, and with the support for tabs you can easily work with multiple directories. There are several themes, color schemes and toolbar icons so you can customize your file manager any way you like.

The application offers solid search feature so you can find the desired files in a matter of seconds. We have to mention that there’s support for multi-rename and folder synchronization. If you’re an advanced user, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a built-in FTP client. The application also supports various archives, and you can easily export or pack your files. Unreal Commander also allows you to split and combine files, which can be a useful feature.

The application has its own text editor, and you can easily preview both text, audio and video files. In addition, there’s the ability to permanently delete your files as well as the ability to view your history.

Unreal Commander offers wide range of customization and features, but we have to mention that many features aren’t available in the Free version. File splitting, multi-rename, FTP, folder synchronization and support for archives isn’t available in the Free version, so keep that in mind. You can obtain a free license, but you’ll get a nag screen whenever you try to access one of the aforementioned features. Despite these limitations, this is still a solid file manager, so feel free to try it out.

Nomad.NET

Another great dual-pane file manager that we want to show you is Nomad.NET. The application has tabbed interface thus allowing you to work with multiple directories simultaneously. There’s also support for bookmarks and you can bookmark your folders, ftp sites and even searches. Speaking of search, the application offers a powerful search engine that supports wide range of complex rules. The search supports IFilter filters, regular expressions, hex search and it can even search for duplicates. There’s also a powerful filtering system that allows you to easily find specific type of files.

In order to provide you with simple navigation, the application has a folder tree that you can display in each pane. As for navigation, Nomad.NET uses breadcrumbs thus allowing you to easily navigate to any directory. The application has support for file archives so you can easily view, create and edit archives right from this application.

There’s also support for FTP folders, which can be rather useful to web developers. As for additional features, you can permanently delete files or perform folder comparison. Overall, Nomad.NET is a great file manager, and with its simple user interface it will be perfect for most users. The application is completely free and portable, so you can use it without any restrictions.

FileVoyager

If you’re looking for a free file manager, we have to recommend FileVoyager. This is a dual-pane file manager with tabbed interface so you can easily open multiple directories. The application allows you to browse disks, folders and archives, and there’s also an FTP feature available. All standard file management options are available and you can access them with a single click.

The application can work with various file archives, but it can also play both audio and video files. We have to mention that FileVoyager requires codecs to do that, so be sure to install them. As for additional features, the application allows you to compare files and folders, and there’s also a folder synchronization feature. Each pane can be turned into a preview pane and you can preview wide range of files including audio, video, images and ebooks. Preview pane supports syntax highlighting, which can be rather useful to programmers. It’s worth mentioning that the application has a file viewer feature, so you can preview your files in text, binary or hex format.

The application has a Ribbon toolbar on the top, and thanks to the breadcrumbs navigation you can easily open any directory. FileVoyager is a great file manager, and the only feature that is missing is the file tree. This isn’t a major problem, and it shouldn’t discourage you from trying this application. The application is completely free, so there’s no reason not to try it.

If you’re looking for a file manager that offers more features than File Explorer, we suggest that you try any of the tools from our list. Many file managers on our list are completely free, so feel free to try them.

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