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Q-Dir – Multi-Pane File Manager

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

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/30/09

Comments (7)

  1. Alex Leonard

    In single window view mode does it do tabs a-la Cubic Explorer?

    I still can’t believe they haven’t brought tabs to Windows Explorer..

  2. Alex Leonard

    Hmm, doesn’t look like there’s any tabbed option.. :(

    Oh well, still looks fairly decent – reminds me of another explorer replacement I used years ago the name of which escapes me at the moment.

    I can’t find any way to turn off the click sound for opening a folder though. That’s a bit annoying.

  3. ansaran

    For those who are Looking for Tab Option in the Windows Explorer Try
    this Gives the Tab Feature in Windows Explorer.

  4. pcp

    Ctrl+T gets you a new tab in whatever pane you are working in. It can be a cluttering experience if you have multiple tabs in each pane but to each his own. I like having four panes and switching to one, two or three whenever I need to. This is a good piece of software, like Free Commander. Although, I like and use FC more b/c of inertia.

  5. RobCr

    I have just ‘installed’ the portable version.
    I hate panes, but love Tabs.
    How can I get it to look like Windows Explorer (Tree on the left, and the usual on the right)
    And of course I will then use Tabs (Ctrl T)

  6. Asian Angel

    @RobCr – For tabs this one will be what you are looking for and it has a portable version too. ^_^

    Manage Your Files Easily with CubicExplorer

    CubicExplorer is my absolute favourite file manager and use it on all of my Windows systems. ^_^

  7. RobCr

    Asian Angel,
    I actually tried that program, before Q-Dir, and was having trouble getting it setup the way i like.
    I now have them both working the way I like –
    – No multiple Panes
    – Directory on the left, and Folders/Files on the right
    – Multiple Tabs
    – When it next opens they remember my previous Tabs

    It has taken me about 6 hours to work all that out.
    And being old, I am sure to forget it for my next OS install, so i am just typing up notes for myself right now.

    Thanks for responding,

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