A better file explorer? Exploring Total Commander


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A presentation given by programmer Bradut Dima of the eHealth Strategy office on November 18, 2011, for our office's eHealth Investigative Partnership Program (eHIPP) learning rounds.

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A better file explorer? Exploring Total Commander

  1. 1. eHealth Strategy Office
  2. 2. A better file explorer?Bradut DimaeHealth Strategy Office eHealth Strategy Office
  3. 3. Only 10 commands matter The 10 commands: Paste Delete Cut Properties Rename New Menu Copy Refresh Toolbar,aNew. S t r a t e g y O f f i c e eHe lth Source: Improvements in Windows Explorer http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/08/29/improvements-in-windows-explorer.aspx
  4. 4. Is there a faster way?Yes! Total Commander• A file manager which displays two panels• Same functionality as Windows Explorer [copy, cut, paste, delete, rename, etc.]• …but easier to use and more powerfulAlso:• Very popular in many parts of the world• Multi-language: e.g. Chinese, Russian, Romanian, Indonesian, etc eHealth Strategy Office
  5. 5. #1 TC – Save Space on Screen (1)• To copy a file from one folder to another• In Windows Explorer we usually open twice „My Computer”, one for source place and one for the destination: eHealth Strategy Office
  6. 6. #1 TC – Save Space on Screen (2)To copy a file from one folder to another• TC comes already with two panels, which occupy less room than two instances of “My Computer” [Windows Explorer] eHealth Strategy Office
  7. 7. #1 TC – Save Space on Screen (3)• TC can help organize file info better, by displaying Folder Tabs. Folder Tabs offer two main advantages: • Save “real estate” on screen, • Increase productivity: navigate easier back & forth among the folders used frequently. TC “remembers” which tabs were left open last time, so we don‟t need to open them again each morning eHealth Strategy Office
  8. 8. #2 TC – Productivity (1)• History: each tab keeps a history of visited places, making easy to navigate back to a certain place eHealth Strategy Office
  9. 9. #2 TC – Productivity (2)Multiple renaming:  Format file names + append their last update [useful for versioning]: E.g.: bradut s.jpg -> Bradut S - 20111108.jpg  Anonymise file names: E.g.: bradut s.jpg -> Image 1.jpg eHealth Strategy Office
  10. 10. #2 TC – Productivity (3)Synchronize directories [folders]:• Easily compare files from two folders to see which ones are newer or of different sizes. Useful when multiple people share documents in a common folder but also work on copies kept on their personal folders. eHealth Strategy Office
  11. 11. #2 TC – Productivity (4)Enhanced Search:e.g. show all files which…• On drive(s): T:• Of type: PDF• Contain words: “Steve Jobs”• Updated within: last year eHealth Strategy Office
  12. 12. #3 TC - Transformer• TC can display a Windows Explorer interface, with tree navigation panels: eHealth Strategy Office
  13. 13. #4 TC – For Heavy Users• Built-in Files Zip/Unzip for ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling• Fast navigation within folders by using keyboard• Quick View panel: can visualize in one panel the content of files selected in the other one• Add/Display comments to files• Encrypt text filesFor heavy users• Command line window [so that users can type in commands like in MS DOS or UNIX]• FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support• Network configuration [map drives, set permissions, etc]• Plugins to extend functionality: • Browse websites • Read Email • Search and transfer files from iPhone • Display content from specific files: AutoCAD, MS Word, Excel , DBF, Flash eHealth Strategy Office
  14. 14. Questions? ?Resources:You Tube: Total Commander Tips and Tricks Official Website:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbiPMw7fXBg www.ghisler.com/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdZrZiDUTI0&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpdtnyHJNnU&feature=related eHealth Strategy Office