Where are the setting files placed?
Can I use the setting files from older XE (32 bit) version in the new XE (32 or 64 bit) version?
Yes, the setting files from all XE versions are compatible.
However, the settings of old FreeCommander version 2009.02b or earlier are incompatible with the new XE versions, and cannot be transferred.
How to change the setting files folder location?
Open the Settings (F12) and go to “Start program” → “Configuration folder”. Don’t use “Specific for user” option if you are using multiple installations.
Note: If you want to use the setting files from old location, you need to copy or move the Settings folder from old to new location, while FreeCommander is not running.
How can I copy my program settings to another PC?
You can use main menu Tools → “Backup all settings” (to save the current settings), and the option “Restore all settings” on the other PC.
Alternatively you can just copy the “Settings” folder to another PC, while FreeCommander is not running on the other PC.
If the Settings folder is in the FreeCommnder installation folder, you can copy the whole FreeCommander folder (while the program is not running).
How to backup all settings?
Under the menu item “Tools → Backup all settings…” all FreeCommander settings can be saved additionally (to “Save settings”) to another folder.
After activation of “Backup all settings…” a folder has to be chosen first, where the backup is to be stored. In the dialog “Browse for folder” the folder is selected, that is defined in the option “Backup folder for settings” of the menu item “Tools → Settings → General”.
How to restore all settings?
Under the menu item “Tools → Restore all settings…” all stored or backed up FreeCommander settings can be restored.
After activation of “Restore all settings…” a folder has to be chosen first, that contains a backup. In the dialog “Browse for folder” the folder is selected, that is defined in the option “Backup folder for settings” of the menu item “Tools → Settings → General”.
How to prevent accidental closing of the FreeCommander, when closing other windows with Alt+F4 shortcut?
May I minimize the FreeCommander to system tray?
Yes, open the “Settings (F12) → General” and select the option ”Minimize to system tray“.
Is there a private session in FreeCommander, as in web browsers?
There is no direct private session in FreeCommander, but you can use these options, if you don’t want to save history:
Open the “Settings (F12) → General” and check the option “Delete history entries on close”.
If you want to to use these settings only in some occasion, you can use the command line option /Ini= and set the settings above, so they will be used only when using this command line option. You can also create another (desktop) shortcut for this private session with different settings.
freecommander.exe /N /Ini=.\settings\fcprivate.ini
My settings or/and keyboard shortcuts are not preserved after program restart, how to solve it?
- Check whether the option “Auto save settings – on exit” is active (in Settings → General)
- Check if the Settings folder is writeable (You can find the setting files location at the About FreeCommander dialog – main menu “Help → About…”) E.g.: open Notepad editor and try to save any text as file in the FreeCommander Settings folder
- If you don’t know how to make the folder writeable, or it’s impossible – install and use the portable ZIP version
- If the folder is writeable and the settings are not saved – try to install and use the portable ZIP version