Software recommendation: customize your personalized resource management environment

From Windows XP to Windows 10, the customizability of Explorer has not been strong, which leads many users to seek third-party Explorer to solve the problem. Now, we will use a simple and useful explorer software Q-Dir to customize the personalized resource management environment.

1. The default interface facilitates directory comparison

Previously, to compare two or more folders in Windows, we needed to open the corresponding number of Explorer windows and then place them side by side in order to compare them. The default interface of Q-Dir has a clear advantage over the file explorer that comes with Windows. In the Q-Dir default window, four resource panes are opened, and you can compare the view by opening folders in them separately (Figure 1).


2. Flexible selection of the number of windows on demand

The flexibility of Q-Dir is reflected in the versatility of its window layout. We can set the layout of the windows on demand: through the shortcut tool buttons on the right side of the software menu bar, or through the “Options→Window Layout at Startup” menu command, you can select the default window pane layout that opens when the software starts. These include various window layouts consisting of 1 to 4 panes, arranged vertically and horizontally (Figure 2).


3. Make good use of the various columns of the window

We can customize the directory tree navigation bar by using the first tool button drop-down list on the right side of the menu bar. If you choose “4 windows in one”, a common navigation bar will be opened on the left side, so that the directory tree of each window will appear in the left pane. If you need to switch windows, you can use the field buttons on the top of the left pane to switch back and forth. If you select the “One for each window” option, a directory tree navigation switch will appear at the left end of the toolbar above each window. If you select “Do not use”, the directory tree navigation is turned off (Figure 3).


In addition to the directory tree navigation pane, there are two different ways to navigate the resource navigation buttons in the upper right corner of each pane. Clicking on the left button expands the resource navigation drop-down list in a single window at multiple levels; clicking on the right button opens the multi-level resource navigation menu (Figure 4).


Using the status toolbar below each individual pane, you can also do a number of things. For example, the Run button launches frequently used tools, and the Send Mail button allows you to send selected files out instantly.

By default, each pane has a path address bar. To save space, you can have multiple windows share the path address bar. Simply select “One for all” via the “Options → Address Bar” menu (Figure 5).


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