Sometimes when looking through a file manager, it would be nice to have more than a dual-pane view. Now you can manage your files with up to four viewing panes at once with Q-Dir.

Note: Q-Dir is available in regular install and portable versions.


The install process is extremely quick and easy with Q-Dir…there are only two windows to go through. The first window lets you choose the language version that you prefer by clicking on the appropriate flag symbol and has the EULA for Q-Dir.

The second window asks if you would like to install for all users or just for the current account, the Program Group that you would like Q-Dir in, after-installation preferences, shortcut preferences, desired Target Directory, and an option to create a portable install (nice!).

What Q-Dir Looks Like

Once you have finished installing Q-Dir and started it for the first time, it will open with all four viewing panes active. You can definitely get some file access going here!

Q-Dir Menus & Window Style Toolbar

Here is a quick look at the Menus…the Extras Menu will give you quick and easy access for customizing Q-Dir.

And to the right side of the Menus, you will find this toolbar. You can select the viewing pane style and number of active viewing panes easily here.


Q-Dir has an easy to navigate tab system for the options. In the first tab you can select the options that you like for Q-Dir Design and Context Menu inclusion, the Address Bar, System display, Forward and Backward Navigation, and Media Previews.

Choose custom colors and/or font styles for file types if desired…to activate this feature select “Use Color-Filter” in the lower left corner.

Select the settings for Columns, View Settings, Tree-View, and Column Settings Transfer that best suit your needs.

Add any custom File Filters that you desire…

Make adjustments to or add Program Shortcuts.

Like Quick-Links? Modify or add the links that you like.

Need any special file associations? Add them in here!


If you love (or need) to access multiple hard drive and folder areas at the same time, then Q-Dir can help you keep it all contained in a single window.


Download Q-Dir (version 3.95) – Exe File & Portable Versions

Works On: Windows 98 – 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Installed On: Windows Vista (32 bit), Service Pack 2

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