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Total Commander is one of the few leading OFMs which support multiple tabs for panels. This is a very convenient feature that allows users to use multiple source and target directories for operations without abandoning the state of the current panel. Total Commander does have the ability to save tab configurations into file and reload it on startup. 

Tabs allow to switch quickly between multiple directories, separately for the left and right panel. Settings like the sort order, brief/full details, and the selections are preserved. You can save tabs to a file or load from a file. That means that preset configurations of tabs are fully supported.

In addition you have two options

There is a folder tab menu in Configuration menu.  It allows to configure several elements of  the behavior of folder tabs.

There are several ways to open a new tab:

  1. Ctrl+T opens a new tab, keeping the current directory.
  2. Ctrl+Up arrow opens the folder or archive under the cursor in a new tab.
  3. Shift +Drive selection opens the drive in a new tab.
  4. Shift pressed when using the function "Directory Hotlist" (Ctrl+D) also opens the directory in a new tab.
  5. In the right click menu of a tab, you can duplicate the tab, or copy it to the opposite file panel.
  6. Doubleclick or Middle Click on the free space in the tab header opens a new tab.
  7. Drag multiple folders with the mouse to an empty space in the tab header. When you see a mouse cursor with a little arrow in the file symbol, the folders will be added as additional tabs! This way you can also copy or move to these tabs.

To switch between tabs, you can either click them with the mouse, or press Ctrl+Tab. Ctrl+Shift+Tab switches to the previous tab.

Right clicking on the tabs will open a context menu with the following commands:

Opening, closing and rearranging:

Saving and restoring tab configurations

You can save tabs to file and after then restore(load) this configuration from the  file. This operation is available  via the right click menu. Useful e.g. for project-oriented working.

Note: To change the tabs in both windows, you need to combine two tab files by hand, and then rename one of the sections from [activetabs] to [inactivetabs] .



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