Advanced File Manager

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You just got your hands on DCommander – now what? One of the first things you should do is to customize it to your needs as much as possible.

In this tutorial we will begin with file list, customizing the columns. Once DCommander is open, right-click (or if unavailable, Control+click) on the column headers in the file list. You’ll be presented with a menu similar to this:

Here you can toggle the columns you want to see or hide. Don’t forget that you can always resize and reorder the columns as you please. To reorder columns, simply click+drag on any of the columns, like this:

Another thing you can change is the horizontal width of each file list. Click and drag the mouse cursor on the middle separator to change the width of both file lists. To reset the width of both file lists, double-click on the separator.

Here is a different configuration of DCommander using just the instructions above:

Next we’ll customize the look of the file lists. To do this, you’ll need to open the DCommander Preferences window. Either press COMMAND + , at the same time or in the top menubar click DCommander -> Preferences. Here click on the Display tab. You’ll should see something like this:

Here you can change the size of each row in the file list, as well as the font (text typography) used. You also have a few pre-defined color themes you can choose. If none of the preset color themes are to your liking, you can always create your own theme using the color selectors. Below the Font and Colors section you’ll see more options to customize the file lists, including grid lines, focus rings, bold texts for folders and more.

File lists are the core of DCommander. Make sure you are completely comfortable using them and that they have a pleasant visual look.

Here you’ll find a table of all keyboard shortcuts in DCommander.



Up/Down Arrows

Changes the currently selected file in the file list by moving it up or down by one item.

Left Arrow

When Lynx-like navigation is enabled, it goes to the current folder’s parent, otherwise it does nothing.

Right Arrow

When Lynx-like navigation is enabled, it opens the currently selected item, otherwise it does nothing.

⏎ Enter/Return

Opens the currently selected item.

⌴ Spacebar

Toggles selection for the currently active item in the file list. If Alternate Spacebar action is enabled, it shows the QuickLook window for the selected item.

⌫ Backspace

It goes back to the current folder’s parent


When combined with the Up/Down arrows, it expands or shrinks the selection.


When combined with the Up/Down arrows, it goes to the top or bottom of the file list.


Refreshes both file lists.


Shows the directory hotlist (bookmarks).


Shows the drives list.


Swaps the file lists and refreshes them.


Equalizes the file lists (both will show the same path as the current file list).


Shows the information window for the currently selected item.


Creates a new file at the current location.


Selects all the items in the current file list.


Deselects all the items in the current file list.


Inverses selection of the items in the current file list.


Selects all the items with the same extension in the current file list.


Expands selection in the current file list.


Shrinks selection in the current file list.


Creates a new tab in the current file list.


Closes the current tab in the current file list.


Selects the previous tab in the current file list.


Selects the next tab in the current file list.


Renames the currently selected item.


Opens the DCommander viewer for the currently selected item. Can be configured to use an external viewer.


Edits the currently selected item using an external editor. Default editor is TextEdit.app.


Copies the currently selected item from the active file list’s current location to the opposite file list’s location.


Moves the currently selected item from the active file list’s current location to the opposite file list’s location.


Creates a new folder at the active file list’s location.


Deletes the currently selected item.


Compresses the currently selected item.


Opens the search window.


Shows the Preferences window.


Shows/Hides the toolbar.


Hides the current window.


Closes the current window, but does not quit DCommander.


Quits DCommander.


At one point in time you might encounter issues while using DCommander.

Fear not, as many of them can be solved quite easily following this guide.

1. DCommander doesn’t show other drives/volumes (internal or external)

Since the app is built with Apple’s AppStore policies in mind, it does not have access to the volumes location on your mac. To fix this, you need to allow filesystem access to the root of your main drive. Open DCommander’s Preferences window, go to the Troubleshooting section:

Click on Request Filesystem Access. You will see a new window similar to this:

Make sure you select “Macintosh HD” (or whatever your main drive is named) from the combobox, then click Allow Filesystem Access.

If all goes well, you should see a window like this, saying that the selected path is /

Now restart DCommander and you’ll notice that it now shows other drives and volumes.

2. DCommander doesn’t allow me to navigate outside a certain folder

Please follow the same steps as for the above issue. Manually allowing full filesystem access is a requirement introduced by Apple for all apps in the Mac AppStore.

3. DCommander freezes and/or glitches

While this may have various causes, a simple solution is to Reset all settings. To do this, open DCommander’s Preferences window and go to the Troubleshooting section:

Restart DCommander and the issues should be fixed. If not, it’s recommended that you uninstall then reinstall DCommander. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay again when reinstalling – once purchased, you can reinstall DCommander as many times as you want.

4. Other issues

If this page doesn’t cover your issue, it’s likely that you’ll need some help. Send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! Visit our contact page

Can I use the trial after 30 days?

The trial will stop working after 30 days, you'll need to purchase a license to continue using DCommander. You can purchase a license here.


How many activations does a license have?

You can activate it 3 times.


How much do DCommander updates cost?

Minor updates, such as 2.x are FREE for existing customers. Major updates such as 3.0 have a 50% discount for existing customers.


Why do major updates cost money?

We want to provide the best possible experience for everyone. In order to add new features and offer great support we need to finance our team. 


Will my version of DCommander stop working after a newer version is released?

Not at all. You can continue to use your version of DCommander as much as you want, but support for it will eventually stop.


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