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Q-Dir Portable (64-bit)

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Q-Dir (64-bit) is a free file management utility for 64-bit editions of Windows. Like other file management tools, its main job is to display your system's files, folders, and directory structure as well as related information in a single interface that makes it easy to move, delete, copy, and otherwise manage your data. Q-Dir's distinguishing feature is its four-in-one interface, which displays up to four identical Explorer-like windows in various configurations. This arrangement makes it easy to drag and drop objects between directories without fumbling between several open windows or trying to use the back-and-forth arrows for multiple operations. We recently tried the installed version of Q-Dir and decided to take a look at the portable version, Q-Dir (64-bit) Portable. The chief difference is that the portable version is designed to run from a USB drive or similar portable device or media. This means you can't add Q-Dir to Explorer's shell context menus, which requires a standard installation.

The portable version of Q-Dir opened as soon as we clicked the unzipped program file. The default view is the four-pan 4-Dir view, which divides the screen into quarters, each with a complete Explorer-style file view. Icons along the program's top edge let us quickly toggle between two-pane, three-pane, and a variety of other views; we could also set a default view once we'd made our choices. Q-Dir's tabbed properties panel and other options let users configure many aspects of how the program looks and works, including startup options, font colors, and program associations. After several tries, we found what we thought was the best setup for viewing our multi-disk system. It's a distinct pleasure to be able to browse four different directories from one interface without having to drag around and resize a bunch of open windows. Q-Dir doesn't sacrifice drag-and-drop capability or any of Windows' other native file management capabilities, as some proprietary file-management systems can do.

Q-Dir (64-bit) is one of the most unique and useful file managers we've tried, and the portable version adds even more utility by letting you run it on any compatible Windows machine. The Help file and program documentation could be better written, or at least better translated, yet we never felt confused. Whether you try the installed or portable version, Q-Dir is worth a look.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Actually Awesome"

    June 22, 2013  |   By DaDreamWizard

    Version: Q-Dir Portable (64-bit) 5.60

    Pros

    Have used and tried all the well known and less known Win Explorer alternatives. It's so lightweight, I just use it whenever I want access to 4 to 20 folders at once. Doing this in windows explorer is just gonna muck your mind up.

    Start-up is instantaneous no matter how many tabs in the quad setup. Is likely you'd get lag with any other app.

    Cons

    ..........

    Summary

    It's the finer things. And every build it just gets better. The author to this day amazes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "nice application"

    October 12, 2012  |   By JSGORIA

    Version: Q-Dir Portable (64-bit) 5.38

    Pros

    nice application

    Cons

    nice application

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  • 4.0 stars

    "here it is an another underrated app"

    October 1, 2012  |   By sonothollywood

    Version: Q-Dir Portable (64-bit) 5.37

    Pros

    I am using this almost to the point where I wouldn't mind replacing my windows explorer with this one,

    I have 6 or 7 drives on my desktop and when your moving folders from window to window this sure makes life a hell of a lot easier, no more opening windows here and there forgetting what you were doing , where you moved a folder, how big a folder is/was , how much space you have on each drive , etc etc

    I really don't get why windows doesn't give you this option of having multiple folders on one screen, forget having to stack folders on top of each other or side to side, this sure saves me a lot of time

    very stable love it, 32 and 64 bit versions, portable and full installs available I am using this with windows 8 release preview 64 bit no issues whatsoever

    Cons

    this could really use a facelift, the options available are a joke ( even the author calls them "a joke" lol

    some extra options would be nice, a faster copier mover, perhaps undelete , find empty folders, find files below a certain length , a faster search, folder permiions

    if one or any of these is already available then I wasn't able to find them,

    if I couldn't find them then that's a con ;-)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful and customisable, in constant development."

    September 21, 2011  |   By mudo_jacal

    Version: Q-Dir Portable (64-bit) 4.75

    Pros

    You _can_ add portable version to shell context menu, if you run it as administrator.

    Cons

    Search function "In the foreseeable future", now it uses Windows Search.

    Summary

    Very good and promises even more.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A very good Windows explorer"

    July 11, 2011  |   By jkloosterman

    Version: Q-Dir Portable (64-bit) 4.65

    Pros

    Four explorer windows is very convenient when comparing directories or moving files from one location to another.

    Cons

    Non I can think of.

    Summary

    Highly recommanded.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not A Valid Application"

    June 29, 2010  |   By watkinggg

    Version: Q-Dir Portable (64-bit) 4.29

    Pros

    None does not run

    Cons

    Will not run

    Summary

    Opened zip file and it created a folder with waht appears to be an application but windows XP says it is not a valid one.

    Updated on Jun 29, 2010

    I used the link in the full description to get to http://www.softwareok.com/ which appears to have less versions than on www.cnet.com., and tried the installer programs. This produced a version that appears to work and shows up on my list of programs. More clarity on which version/installation method can be used on what sort of platform is probably needed in the descriptions on www.cnet.com.

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