Overview of the user interface - Tab area with tabs



One "Tab area" per panel is provided. The tabs in the "tab area" enable fast switching between different folders.

After clicking a tab the contents of the folder assigned to the tab is opened (in the panel that contains the tab).


The position of the "tab area" in the main window is shown in chapter "Overview of the user interface".


Appearance, management and colors of the FreeCommander tabs can be configured under the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder Tabs", or after "right-clicking" a tab and selecting the menu item "Settings".

Buttons (icons) in the tab area

Button

This icon is only shown (on the right end of the tab area (after the scroll buttons if shown)), if under the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder Tabs" the option "Shown tab menu pop-up button" is checked in the tab "Management".

After clicking this button a context menu is opened containing the tabs of the panel. After clicking a menu item this tab is activated and the contents of the assigned folder is shown.

Button close tab

This icon is only shown (on the right end of the tab area), if under the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder Tabs" the option "Shown close button next to scroller" is checked in the tab "Management".

After clicking this button the active tab is closed.

If the option "Show close button on active tab" is checked in these settings the active tab can also be closed by clicking this button.

If the option "Close tab on double-click" is checked in these settings the active tab can also be closed by clicking this button.

Buttons

These icons are only shown (on the right end of the tab area), if the width of the panel is not sufficient to show all tabs of the panel. After clicking one of these icons, the visible part of the tabs is moved one tab left or right.

Context menu for tabs

After "right-clicking" a tab the following context menu is shown:



New folder tab

After activating the menu item "New folder tab" a new tab is created. Its name and folder are copied from the active tab.

A new tab can also be created as follows:

  • The menu item "View → New folder tab" or the shortcut "Ctrl+T" insert a new tab in the active panel.
  • "Double-clicking" an empty space of the "Tab area" creates a new tab in the double-clicked panel.
  • "Clicking the mouse wheel" on a folder in a panel creates a new tab for this folder in this panel.
    "Ctrl+Clicking the mouse wheel" opens the tab in the other panel.

Recently closed tabs

After activating the menu item "Recently closed tabs" a sub-menu with the names of tabs (closed in this FreeCommander session) is opened.

After clicking a name the closed tab is reopened. The shortcut "Shift+Ctrl+T" reopens the last closed tab.

New file container tab

After activating the menu item "New file container tab" a new file container tab and with it a new file container are created. See also "View → New file container tab".

File containers

After activating the menu item "File containers" a sub-menu with the following menu items is opened:

  • Go to the file containers folder
    After activating this menu item the folder where the file containers are saved is opened in the active tab. This folder can be defined under the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "File Container Tab".
  • Add items to container ...
    After activating this menu item (from a file container tab) all items of an other file container (selected with the standard dialog "Open") are added.
  • Remove from container
    After activating this menu item (from a file container tab) all items, marked in this file container, are removed from the file container.
  • Save container to file ...
    After activating this menu item (from a file container tab) this file container is saved (after input of the file name) to a file with the file extension "FFC". The folder where the file containers are saved can be defined under the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "File Container Tab". Another setting under this main menu item allows to define whether these temporary file containers are deleted on closing FreeCommander or not.

The main menu item "File → Copy" allows to copy items (marked in the active panel) to a file container.

Attention

The edit functions of the main menu item "File" applied to a file container item always are applied to the original item additionally.

Example: "File → Delete" does not only remove the item from the file container, but additionally deletes the original item.

Tab properties


After activating this menu item the dialog "Tab Properties" is opened, where the following properties of the tab (from which the context menu was opened) can be defined:

  • Tab name
    The input field "Tab name"allows to edit the tab name.
  • Use %FcSrcDrive% for saving path
    If this option is checked, FreeCommander saves the path of the active folder in the tab (if possible) with the parameter %FcSrcDrive%.
    Example: If FreeCommander is installed in "d:\tools\freecommander", a tab with this folder is saved as "%FcSrcDrive%\tools\freecommander".
    This makes sense, if FreeCommander is started (from a USB-stick) on different PCs.
  • Locking
    If one of the three locking options is checked, the path of the folder (shown in the field "Locked path") is locked.
    Under the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "Tab management" option "Reset locked tab path on tab change" can be checked, that on activating a tab with locked path, always the path (shown in the field "Locked path") is opened, independent from the last opened folder, and how locked tabs are marked (option "Mark locked tabs with that character").
    If and how navigation is enabled in a locked path, depends on the checked lock type:
    • Lock - navigation enabled
      The tab is locked, any navigation is allowed.
    • Lock - navigation to subfolders
      The tab is locked, only navigation to the sub-folders is allowed.
    • Lock - no navigation
      The tab is locked, no navigation is allowed

If navigation to a folder is tried (illicitly) this folder is opened in an other tab.
Deleting a locked tab has to be confirmed first.
Double-clicking a locked tab opens the "Locked path" in this tab.

    • Use as base folder for the tree
      This setting can be checked, only if the locking option "Lock - navigation to subfolders" is checked. If the option "Use as base folder for the tree" is checked and the "File system tree panel" is open, the folder tree starts with the folder opened in this tab.
  • Color
    After clicking the corresponding button the following colors can be defined for the tab:
    • Font color
    • Color for the start of the background gradient
    • Color for the end of the background gradient
    • Remove all colors
      Clicking the button removes all colors individually set for this tab.

Here defined colors for an individual tab have priority over the general colors for tabs, defined under the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "Tab Colors".

    • Always use the colors - for active tab too
      If individual colors are set for this tab and this option is checked, the highlighting color for active tabs (set under "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "Tab Colors") is not applied for this tab.

Lock folder tab

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this lock type. The activated lock type is symbolized by the icon in front of the menu item. It is described above.

Lock folder tab - navigation to sub-folders

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this lock type. The activated lock type is symbolized by the icon in front of the menu item. It is described above.

Lock folder tab - no navigation

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this lock type. The activated lock type is symbolized by the icon in front of the menu item. It is described above.

Go to locked path

This menu item is visible only, if a lock is set for the active tab. Clicking this menu item opens the locked path in the active tab. Double-clicking a locked tab also opens the locked path.

Copy tab to other panel

After activating this menu item, the tab (the context menu was opened from) is copied to the other panel. A tab can be copied also to the other panel with drag&drop.

Move tab to other panel

After activating this menu item, the tab (the context menu was opened from) is moved to the other panel.

Folder tab to left

After activating this menu item, the tab (the context menu was opened from) is moved one tab position to the left. A tab can be shifted to any position with drag&drop also.

Folder tab to right

After activating this menu item, the tab (the context menu was opened from) is moved one tab position to the right. A tab can be shifted to any position with drag&drop also.

Close folder tab

After activating this menu item, the tab (the context menu was opened from) is deleted.

If defined under the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "Tab Management", the active tab can be deleted also by clicking the button "" (on the right end of the tab area, or at the end of the tab itself).

Close all folder tabs

After activating this menu item, all tabs of the panel (the context menu was opened from) that are not locked are deleted.

If the option "Always keep one tab open" (main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" - tab "Tab Management") is checked, one tab always stays.

Settings...

After activating this menu item the general settings for folder tabs are opened. The editing of these settings can be started also from the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs".