Utility Review: FreeCommander 2006

There’s tons of neat little utilites on my Tech Files sections and I rarely talk about any of them here on the blog. Here’s one that I recently discovered for file management: Free Commander 2006. Now, I know what you are thinking: why another file manager? I wanted a folder size utility to prune my disk (I actually wrote about ExplorerXP before to do that, but I didn’t think of it at the time). One of the great features is being able to sort by file and folder size. It even keeps this view when drilling several layers up and down the tree. This saves having to sort per folder view which is such a nice time time saver. To get the size of folders, you actually have to hit Folders>Size of Folders. This is done because you might not want a lot of disk I/O from it computing folder sizes.

Free Commander also has native built-in handling for opening ZIP, CAB and RAR files. Nice! I also like the handy icons in the upper right hand corner that give easy access to the Control Panel, Start Menu, Desktop, System Folders and Computer Management. This was written with a PC technician in mind! You can also map network drives, get to a Run box or Command Prompt from the Extras menu.

Free Commander also lets you edit file and folder timestamps like Total Commander. Total Commander, in my opinion, tries to do too much. Another nice thing is that you can do a RUNAS on Free Commander to run as administrator and therefore change permissions on files and folders.

– Soli Deo Gloria

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