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The Directory menu

When you, like most people, normally work in a few particular folders on your own drives, then the following feature might come in handy: “the directory menu”. It’s almost like your favourites or bookmarks.

The shortcut is Ctrl+D, but you can also use the asterix at the top right corner of each folder pane.

The directory menu

The directory menu

If you see ‘Add current dir’ then the directory is not already in the list. If it is then a tick will be shown next to the item and in stead of ‘Add current dir’ you will see ‘Remove current dir’ with the obvious results.

When you install Total Commander however, no directory menu is present. Just add your most used folders to switch easily between them. You will eventually organise the menu a bit more and for that you can use ‘Configure…’.

Configuring the directory menu

Configuring the directory menu

As you can see in the example above I use submenu’s to keep thing organised. You can add a new item here or a new submenu. After selecting submenu and giving the submenu a name you will see an entry with a minus in front of the title to indicate the start if the submenu. A double minus indicates the end of the submenu. All menu items inside the submenu are indented. Simply click and drag items around to put them in the location you want.

I also use keyboard shortcuts extensively. Put an ampersand in the title to indicate the shortcut. For example:

Ctrl+D, E, P – Gets me to my photo collection on an external drive called Earth very quickly. If you want to change the shortcut select ‘Change Title…’ and put the ampersand in the title in front of the shortcut character. As you would expect, to put an actual ampersand ‘&’ in the menu simply use two: ‘This && that’.

And it’s not just directory changes that you can do! Just use the little spy glass to the right of the ‘Command’ entry box to select any command that you can also use in the previous post about Total Commander’s Custom Toolbar buttons.

Another powerful feature at your disposal to have total command in your Windows environment.