Tools - Settings - General


The language of the FreeCommander user interface is selected here. If the language is changed, it can be necessary to restart FreeCommander for a complete switch-over of all FreeCommander texts to the new language.

Language files are stored in the LNG subfolder of the FreeCommander install folder. Each newly-created or downloaded language file must be copied into the LNG subfolder in order to be shown in the list of languages.

Brief instructions for creating a new LNG file

  • Open an existing LNG file with any text editor
  • Translate the texts
  • Save as, using the name of the new language. (Saving must be done with UTF-8 coding because of Unicode)
  • More detailed information can be found at Translation Guide in the FreeCommander Forum

Allow only one instance

If this setting is checked, only one instance of FreeCommander is allowed to run at a time.

Any attempt to start another instance will activate the currently running instance.

A change of this setting will take effect only after restarting FreeCommander.

Minimize to system tray

If this setting is checked and FreeCommander is minimized, FreeCommander will be shown in the system tray (between the taskbar and the clock) instead of in the taskbar (list of open programs).

Handle closing as minimization

If this setting is checked, FreeCommander is not closed on exit, but minimized to the system tray.

In this case the only way to close FreeCommander is to right-click the FreeCommander icon in the system tray and select "Exit".

This setting may be chosen only if "Minimize to system tray" is checked.

Always show system tray icon

If this setting is checked, the FreeCommander symbol stays in the system tray, even if FreeCommander is active. 

This setting may be chosen only if "Minimize to system tray" is checked.

Start minimized

If this setting is checked, FreeCommander will be minimized immediately after opening (it will be positioned either in the taskbar or in the system tray, depending on the setting of "Minimize to system tray").

Delete history entries on close

If this setting is checked, all history entries (e.g. opened folders) will be deleted when FreeCommander is closed.

Show confirmation dialog on exit

If this setting is checked, the dialog "Really close the program yes/no?" pops up when FreeCommander is closed. 

FreeCommander will be closed only after activating "Yes".

Auto save settings - on exit

If this setting is checked, all FreeCommander settings are automatically saved when FreeCommander is closed.

The settings are saved in the FreeCommander configuration folder. (This is normally the Settings subfolder of the install folder. A different configuration folder may be defined under the menu item "Tools → Settings → Start program" on the tab "Configuration folder", where the configuration folder currently in use is shown). 

Settings may be saved in the configuration folder at any time via the menu item "Tools Save settings".

Backup folder for settings

In addition to saving the settings (see above), they may also be backed up. In this setting the user may define the backup folder.

This backup folder may either be edited or selected after clicking the button. Choices are:

  • Seek folder
    Opens the "Browse for folder" dialog; the current backup folder is highlighted.
  • Start drive (%FcSrcDrive%)
    The drive from which FreeCommander was started.
  • Start folder (%FcSrcPath%)
    The folder from which FreeCommander was started.
  • FreeCommander data folder (%FcAppDataPath%)
    The data folder is the current configuration folder.

The actual values for the wild cards %FcSrcDrive%, %FcSrcPath%, and % FcAppDataPath% may be found under the menu item "Help About..."

Auto backup

If this setting is checked, all settings will be automatically backed up (if FreeCommender is active). Additional settings are:

  • Backup frequency
    The choices are "once per day" and "once per week".
  • Maximum count of backup sets
    Values are 1-100. After the number of backup sets shown in this input box is reached, the oldest backup set will be overwritten.

Backup versions of the settings may be reinstalled with the menu item "Tools Restore all settings...".

Check for updates

This setting allows to define the frequency of FreeCommander checks for updates to more current versions.

The following frequencies are offered:

  • never
  • once a day
  • once a week
  • once a month

If a new version is found, the following window is opened:

A list of changes between the installed and the newest version is shown. The following actions are offered:

  • Downloads
    Clicking the button "Downloads" opens the FreeCommander web page with the download versions available for the user.
  • Complete list of changes
    Clicking the button "Complete list of changes" opens the FreeCommander online forum with a change lists for all releases.
  • Check for updates
    Here (as described above) the frequency of update checks can be defined. 
  • Button "OK"
    Clicking the button "OK" saves the defined frequency of update checks and closes the window. No update is performed.