Windows 10 comes with a file explorer that can only meet the most basic file management needs, and there are many daily file management tasks that we need to accomplish with the help of third-party tools and software. In fact, in addition to the “Windows Explorer + third-party tools” model, we can also go the other way – use a third-party file explorer with file management enhancements, such as My Commander (hereinafter referred to as MyCo) is a good tool with full features.
MyCo is an open source free file manager with many features not available in Windows 10 Explorer, such as batch file naming, checksum, multi-functional compression and decompression, folder comparison and synchronization, etc. In addition, it also integrates access portals to many Windows built-in utilities or tools. beta, download the software at https://myco.yonan.ro. After downloading the software and unpacking it, you can obtain 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the executable program files, corresponding to the two architectures of Windows systems, respectively, the 64-bit version of the EXE file is about 2.33MB, with a small memory footprint (Figure 1).
MyCo supports multiple tabs similar to a web browser, plus a dual pane and bottom function button bar for a clear file management interface. myCo’s dual window, multiple tabs have the advantage of being able to open, move, and copy folders more quickly (Figure 2).
Creating a new tab in MyCo is as easy as right-clicking on the tab area and selecting “New tab” (or just pressing the hotkey Ctrl+T) to open a new tab. Click on the “Tabs” menu or right-click on any tab and select “Browser tab” (or use the hotkey Ctrl+Alt+B) to open a new “Browser” tab, where you can perform a quick search with the optional built-in search engine (Figure 3).
Under the menu bar and toolbar at the top of the software is the prominent drive bar, which allows us to jump between different partitions and drives on our computer very easily. To execute various Windows system commands, we can also type the commands directly into the command box at the bottom and enter to execute them.
Under MyCo’s “File” menu, we can use a variety of file handling functions that are not available in Windows Explorer (Figure 4).
If you want to batch name files, you can select “Muti Rename” command or directly press Shift+F2 key combination, then build renaming rules (including file name, extension, file name content replacement, file serial number counter, etc.) in the file batch naming window, and finally click Rename button. Execute the batch renaming operation (Figure 5).
If you want to split a large file, select the file and execute the “File→Split file” command, specify the target location and the size of the split, and click the OK button to process (Figure 6); after that, if you need to merge the split files, execute the “File→ Combine files” command can be executed.
We can also use various algorithms to create checksums for files. After selecting a folder or file, select the “File→Create checksum” menu command, then select the checksum type in the pop-up dialog box and click OK to create the checksum. The program allows to create checksums for files using CRC32, SHA1, SHA256, CRC64, MD5 and other methods (Figure 7).
If we want to compress or decompress a file, simply use the “File→Compress” menu command to compress the selected file into a format of your choice (Figure 8). And after selecting a compressed file, simply execute the “File→Decompress in place” command to decompress the file. The supported compressed file formats include: ZIP, 7ZIP, TAR, CPIO, ZEN, ISO, LZ4, GZ, LZMA, XZ, BZ2, etc.
To set the various attributes of a file or change the three dates of a file, simply use MyCo’s “File→Set Attributes” menu command to call up the File Attributes Settings window, from which we can set any of the various attributes and dates of the file (Figure 9).
In addition, under the System, Programs, and Tools menu of MyCo, system power management commands, Windows built-in functions, utilities, and many other functions are integrated, so we can very easily access the functions that we used to need to click around to find in Windows 10. And under the Net menu, network function commands related to network FTP transfer, network drive mapping, network directory sharing, remote desktop, etc. are integrated, so we can easily control and set up the network.