The fourth line in the Main Application Layout is the Command Line Bar, shown below. This toolbar can be removed from the display by unchecking the check box in View->Toolbars.
The buttons are enabled if the active extension (panel) supports back/forward/history. If the active extension does not support these commands, the buttons are disabled.
Button 1 tells the extension to go back one step. If this button is held down for 2 seconds, a list of previous locations that you can select from is displayed. If the active extension is an Explorer Panel it will go back to the previously visited path.
Button 2 tells the extension to go forward one step. This can only be done if you have previously gone backwards. If this button is held down for 2 seconds, a list of all available forward locations is shown.
Button 3 shows a list of the previous 40 locations that the currently active extension has visited. From this list a previous location can be accessed quickly.
The default keyboard shortcut for Back is Alt+Left Arrow, Forward is Alt+Right Arrow and History is Alt+Down Arrow.
In the Explorer Panel the Back and Forward mouse button can also be used if your mouse supports these buttons.
4. Favorites Window
The button shown as a star at the left end of the Command Line. Clicking the star button brings up the Favorites window. This window contains three sections:
Quick Paths (F1)
Quick Paths are paths that can be selected by pressing Ctrl+num. There can be only 10 Quick Paths defined.
Favorites are paths that can be defined and stored as a list. To select a Favorite path, simply select it and press Enter.
Web paths are URLs that can be defined in a list of web addresses. To select a web address, simply select it and press Enter.
5. Command Line field
The Command Line field (number 5) allows you to enter commands for the active extension or plug-in. If the extension or plug-in does not handle the command it is sent to Windows to handle. If the command is a filename and is sent to Windows to be handled, Windows will launch that program. If the command is a URL, a browser is opened for it.
If you type a command for Windows to launch, you can insert a "*" in front of it to run it as Administrator. For example, "*cmd" will launch the command prompt as Administrator.
The Explorer Panel supports commands such as the command prompt's "cd" command. Thus if an Explorer Panel is currently active you can type "cd .." , "mkdir myfolder" and the Explorer Panel will create this folder.
Special Internal Commands
The Command Line field supports some special internal commands:
|*<external program>||Start an external program as administrator, e.g. "*cmd" starts an admin prompt at the current path|
|!<cmd / path>||Normally Multi Commander will go to a path if it is entered. Typing ! in front of the path will force the path/cmd to be opened by the Windows Shell|
|cd <path>||Change directory|
|mkdir <path>||Create a folder|
|cf <file>||Create a new, empty file|
|alias <name>=<expanded to>||Create a new alias, eg. "alias d=d:\bin"|
|alias2 <name>||Create a new alias for the current path, eg. "alias2 d"|
|topmost 1||Change whether Multi Commander is always on top of other windows. Use 1 to enable, any other value to disable|
|addlanguage||Used to add support for another language so that you can create new translations|
|importcmd||Used to import a script command quickly|
|dbg folog||Enable full file operations logging|
|dbg fslog||Enable full file system logging|
|dbg applog||Enable full application logging|
|:save||Save all autoload settings for all tabs. This is the same save as is done before exit|
|:showhidden||Change the settings to show all system and hidden files and folders|
|:hidehidden||Change the settings to hide all system and hidden files and folders|
|:goapp||Go to the path from which Multi Commander is started|
|:userdata||Go to the path under the Windows user account where Multi Commander saves data|
|:gomcreg||Go to the registry path used by Multi Commander|
|:golog||Go to the path where Multi Commander stores its log files|
|:goconfig||Go to the path where Multi Commander reads/writes its settings files|
|:box||Go to the location where you have your DropBox folder (if you have DropBox installed)|
|:sky||Go to the location where you have your SkyDrive folder (if you have SkyDrive installed)|
|:one||Go to the location where you have your OneDrive folder (if you have OneDrive installed)|
|:desk||Go to the desktop|
|:dl||Go to the Windows Download folder (not available on Windows XP/Server 2003)|
|:doc||Go to the My Documents folder|
|:ctc||Clear Thumbnail Cache - Will remove all thumbnail cache information stored in memory|
|:rdrive||Refresh all devices in Device dropdown and Device Toolbar|
|:hex2dec <num>||Convert a hex value to decimal. eg. ":hex2dec ff"|
|:winerr <num>||Show the error message of an internal windows error code. Eg. ":winerr 5"|
|:sysinfo||Get some system information|
6. Quick Launch Buttons
The area following the Command Line Field is used for Quick Launch Buttons. If you right-click in that area, a menu will open with the following entries:
For further information, see Quick Launch Bar.
Allow - Insert button by dropping file/folderIf selected, this allows the use of drag and drop to insert a file or folder.
Allow - Rearrange of buttonsIf selected, this allows the buttons to be rearranged using drag and drop.
Insert User Defined CommandOpens the User Defined Command menu, where you can select an existing User Defined Command (or create a new one) to be inserted.
Insert SeparatorInserts a vertical separator line.