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I'm looking for a tool that will allow multiple panels to be visible while looking at the local file system, so that I can copy/move files easily between the panels.

I have been using 7-zip, since you can view 2 panels at once, but I feels as if there is something better out there.

What are the top recommendations?

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I can recommend Total Commander (also allows tabbed browsing - very cool)

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You can give Xplore2 a try. The lite edition is free. Here's a product review.

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Directory Opus will replace Windows Explorer almost completely for file management - it's rad and can do multiple single panes, dual panes, dual panes with dual trees and so on and can be customized almost to oblivion. It does awesome things like showing folder sizes and in-line bar graphs to easily see relative folder sizes when say looking through a phat share or whatnot. Highly recommended for serious use.

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I personally like SpaceMonger.

It allows you to use it for 30 days before you have to buy it. It costs $24.95 and I think it works well. You can delete and copy inside of the GUI, although it does not replace Windows Explorer - I wasn't sure if you wanted it to do that.

I use this tool whenever I have a user that says "I am not sure why my hard drive is so full." Perfect for visually being able to see what the problem is. I have run it with Vista 64-bit so my assumption is it would work with Vista 32-bit as well.

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Spacemonger free version has not been updated for long time. try freeware Space Sniffer instead. – icelava Jul 15 '09 at 7:58

I just open two or three Explorer windows. Usually only one has the folders showing, the other one or two just shows the "other" folder I'm working with.

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