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There is a Windows Explorer and Finder on Mac. Both work and both are free. So if you only want to copy some files and folders from a USB drive, it's enough.

And Microsoft improved the built-in File Explorer many times. It got the ribbon toolbar, can unzip files, access ISOs, and more. Plus, it also looks much better than it used to.

Dual panel file manager

But I started working with the computer back when MS-DOS was THE SYSTEM. My first file manager was Volkov/Norton commander. And I wanted something similar. For me, especially something with a dual-panel environment.

So I have started looking for an alternative file manager. Something more powerful to manage files.

In the past, there used to be only one great alternative: Total Commander (used to be Windows Commander). Unfortunately, not free, shareware. The other options were not so great.

But now, there are several good file managers with great functionality. Scroll down and choose the best one for your needs.


Alt Commander 1.3-20071014
a small file manager for Windows with built-in FTP client, file compare tool, archive file navigation and a multi-rename tool. review
Altap Salamander 4.0
Altap Salamandertwo-panel file manager for Windows. It has an intuitive interface, offers viewers for all popular file formats as well as support for common archives, and has built-in FTP and SFTP clients. Started as Servant Salamander and used to be a shareware. Recently changed and now is free for both commercial and non-commercial usage. review
Clover 3.5.4
an extension of the Windows File Explorer, to add multi-tab functionality similar to internet browsers. review
Dos Navigator 1.51
Great DOS NC clone. Features: multi-windowed interface with drag'n'drop file operations. There are many built-in utilities like disk formatter and CD-player, Reanimator and Terminal, popup Smart Pad and even Tetris game. review
Doszip 3.50
do you remember Norton Commander? One of the most popular file commanders on DOS? Here is a clone for your current system. review
Double Commander 1.0.11
a free (free for business use too) cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It has many great features like: tabbed interface, built in viewer and editor, archives support, multi rename tool and more. review
EF Commander Free
dual panel file-explorer with built in internal editor. review
Far Manager 3.0 build 5946
Far Managera free program for managing files and archives that works in a text mode. If you do remember DOS with Norton Commander/Volkov Commander you should check it out. review
dual panel file manager with packed files support, built-in audio and video player, folders synchronization function and more. review
an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. Main features are: dual panel technology, built in viewer, archive handling, file searching and more. review
Gekko Manager 0.77
Gekko Managertwo-panel manager and FTP client for Windows. review
Midnight Commander 4.8.28
visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License. Text based. review
muCommander 1.2.0
cross-platform file manager. It features a Norton Commander style interface and runs on any OS supporting the Java 8 or later. review
Multi Commander 12.6 (build 2915)
Multi Commandermulti-tabbed file manager that uses very popular and efficient dual-panel layout. It has all the standard features like a file manager has like copy, move, rename, view. But Multi Commanders big strength is the special features that allow you to do advanced task with ease. Like Auto-unpacking , Auto-sorting , Browse inside archives, registry and FTP, Search for file, View files and pictures and the Scripting support let you automate many task. And it allows you to do everything from the keyboard using shortcut so you can work fast and efficient. review
MyCo 5.0 Beta
small and fast file manager. 1 review
Necromancer's Dos Navigator 3.00.0008
another clone of the famous "Norton Commander". It uses an easy to use and learn text-mode interface, is highly customizable, and has a lot of features. review
Nexusfile 5.3.3
dual pane file manager. It looks simple but has powerful features like archive, FTP, advanced rename and more. review
Pablo Commander 1.4
another Norton Commander clone, built by a fan. Drag & drop support, FTP functionality, customizable toolbar. review
Unreal Commander 3.57 (build 1497)
Unreal Commanderfreeware file manager for Windows. Two panel interface, unicode support, archives support, built-in FTP client, drag&drop and more. review

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