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Is there an alternate file manager for Windows that would let me have a complete two-pane view like Pathfinder does on the Mac? What I'm looking for is a window that is split in two down the middle, with a folder tree on both sides so that I can look at two folders at once. Tabbed interface would be a plus, but not required.

It doesn't have to completely replace Explorer; I'm fine with opening it as a separate app when I need this functionality.

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There are good ol' programs called FAR manager and Total Commander.

The best one I've ever used is TC UP

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Q-Dir is a nice one – Moab Nov 22 '12 at 1:48

On OSX, like you, I use PathFinder (in preference to Forklift).

For me, a good file manager is really important: when you're moving or renaming hundreds of files all day long, you want a power tool.

On Windows, you'll find that Directory Opus is the Rolls Royce of file managers. The Opus feature set blows PathFinder out of the water. For instance, this tour of the interface, while already impressive by PathFinder standards, only scratches the surface. Opus has an active forum. It's not cheap, but for some power-users it's the ultimate in productivity software.

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Why are you talking about OS X? The author specifically requested replacements for Windows 7 – Ramhound Apr 12 '14 at 9:35
@Ramhound My mention of OSX is a way to show the author that I fully understand his question, having used the same software as he on OSX. Thanks for the downvote, I'm impressed. – zx81 Apr 12 '14 at 9:40
Feel free to remove the reference to OS X and I will remove the downvote enough though you suggest software thats already been suggested. – Ramhound Apr 12 '14 at 9:43
@Ramhound Thanks for the offer, but nah, I'll have to decline. I am an experienced writer and don't respond to misplaced bullying. Besides, if you research the question, you will no doubt find that I have supplied the best answer. I am passionate about my file managers, and for someone who uses such tools intensely, the most upvoted answer is simply out of date. – zx81 Apr 12 '14 at 9:50
Trying to get a better answer isn't bullying. – Ramhound Apr 12 '14 at 10:00

Directory Opus and XYplorer have split-plane (horizontal and vertical) views. Directory Opus also allows dual directory trees.

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