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User interface

The user interface is divided into the following elements:

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Selecting files/folders

There are several ways to select files and folders in Total Commander:

  1. Tap on the icons
  2. Use the select button in the lower left corner
  3. a. Long tap on icon to show selection menu
    b. Choose "Select files"
    c. Scroll to last item you want to select
    d. Tap on its ICON to select the entire range
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File operations

You can perform the following file operations with Total Commander/Android:

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The main menu contains the following commands:

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Shows the last visited directories.

Just tap on a directory to go there.

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Allows to save often used directories.

Just tap on a saved directory to go there.

To add a directory, don't come here via home screen! Instead, go to the directory first, then add it via main menu.

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Allows to search for specific files:

Search for:
File name to search for, also partial names and wildcards *,? allowed

Containing text:
Search for text in files

Case sensitive:
Consider upper/lowercase

Unicode:
Search for text in Unicode files

Not older than:
Search only files younger than a certain time

Size:
Restrict results by size

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Closes Total Commander for Android

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Allows to create a new subfolder in the current directory.

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Allows to change Total Commander settings.

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To copy or move files, select them by tapping on their icons, or with the select button, then tap on the Copy/Move button.

In the copy dialog, you can now type a target directory. The default is the directory of the target panel.

To copy the file(s), click Copy, or to move them, click Move, or send them via Bluetooth or Wifi.

If the source window shows the contents of a ZIP or RAR file, the selected files are unpacked.

If the target window shows the contents of a ZIP file, the selected files are packed into that zip file.

If the source window lists the contents of a plugin, the selected files will be downloaded.

If the target window lists the contents of a plugin, the selected files will be uploaded.

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Allows to rename a single file in place: Hold down the finger/pen on a file until the context menu appears, then tap on "Rename".

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Hold down the finger/pen on a file until the context menu appears, then tap on "Edit file". This loads the file under the cursor into the default file editor, or shows a list of available editors.

Internal editor help

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With the X button you can delete the selected files.

Important note: The files will NOT be moved to some kind of Recycle bin, they will be deleted immediately!

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Allows to pack the selected files and/or subdirectories with the built-in ZIP packer.

ZIP files created this way are fully ZIP-compatible and can be unzipped on the PC or also on the device. To unzip, open the file with ENTER (or tap) and then copy the files to any directory you want.

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To unpack files from a ZIP file, open the ZIP with a tap or ENTER, then select the files which you want to unpack and press the Copy button.

Total Commander can unpack all ZIP- and RAR-compatible files.

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Shows the properties of the selected file(s) and allows to change the date/time.
For folders, the occupied disk space is shown.

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Reload dir

Reloads the current directory to reflect any changes made in other programs.

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Allows to send the selected files via Bluetooth (OBEX standard protocol).

The OBEX standard is used by devices like PocketPCs, Palm(TM), and many mobile phones.

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Allows to send the selected files via Wifi by creating a local WebDAV server. Needs the Wifi plugin.

The server URL will also be shown as a QR code. As a target, it's possible to use the Wifi plugin on other Android devices, or any QR-Code reader together with a Web browser.

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Allows to select or unselect files of specific types, e.g. all html files by using the wildcards *.htm *.html .

Type the wildcards you want or select previously used wildcards from the dropdown list, and click on "select" or "unselect". The files will be selected in addition to the already selected files!

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Context menus

Context menus are invoked by holding down the finger/pen for about 1 second. They exist for the files in the file list, and for some buttons in the button bar:

The local file menu contains the commands Rename, Properties, Copy/Move to clipboard, Paste here.

For audio and video files, there are additional menu items for the internal player.

All user-defined buttons also have context menus to change or delete them

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Keyboard shortcuts

On devices with a keyboard, or when using a Bluetooth keyboard, Total Commander supports the following keyboard shortcuts:

1PageUp
2Rename
4Edit
5/6Copy/Move
7New folder
8Delete
9Sort list
0PageDown
SPACESelect single file
+/-Select dialog
*Reverse selection (files+folders)
ENTEROpen file/folder
# / @Properties
ESC/BackspaceUp one level

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Button bar

The button bar contains some predefined buttons, like Copy and Delete, and also allows to add your own buttons by tapping on the "add" button (the last one behind all user buttons). The button will always be added at the end of the button bar, but just before the "add" button.

Description of the buttons:

Select Select/unselect files. You can also directly tap on the file icons to select them.
Copy Copy or move selected files, send via Bluetooth.
Pack Pack files with ZIP packer.
Delete Delete selected file(s).
Sort Sort active panel by name, extension, size, or timestamp.
Second bar Open secondary bar with user-defined buttons.
Add button Add current directory to button bar (default), or let the user choose an internal command or external application. Edit via Tap+Hold.

To modify a user-defined button, tap on it for more than 1 second. This will open the context menu, which allows to change or delete the button.

See Dialog box - change button

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Button change dialog

This dialog allows to change the settings of a button.

Fields:

Available parameters:

(Multiple lines allowed, one parameter per line!)
file:/path/name
Send file name as URL
url:http://www.server.com/
Send any URL to app
stream:/path/name
Send name as STREAM extra field
type:text/plain
Set explicit MIME type
extra:NAME:data
Set extra field of name android.intent.extra.NAME with value data
extra0:NAME:data
Set extra field of name NAME with value data
extra2:NAME:data
Extra field requiring string list
list:
Send the list of selected files as URL list via putParcelableArrayListExtra.
Automatically sets MIME type to type common to all files, e.g. audio/mp3, audio/*, */*
Also changes ACTION_SEND to ACTION_SEND_MULTIPLE
list:NAME
Like list:, but sets name used by putParcelableArrayListExtra.

Special parameters:
%P current path name (with trailing slash)
%N name of first selected file
%T current path in other panel
%M name of first selected file in other panel

Example: Send a mail with attachment to 2 recipients:
Command: Send to App: GMail
Parameters:
stream:%P%N
extra2:EMAIL:x@y.com
extra2:EMAIL:z@y.com
extra:SUBJECT:File for you
extra:TEXT:Here is the file %N

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Internal editor

The internal editor allows to edit small files in ANSI and Unicode format.

Main menu:

Note: Copy/Paste can be performed via the context menu

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TC Media Player

The internal media player allows to play audio and video files supported by Android itself, using the built-in MediaPlayer control.
It can stream music and video from the Internet and from (updated) plugins.

Main menu:

Description of the buttons:

Zoom Only during full screen video playback (landscape mode): Allows to zoom the video. It can be zoomed as follows:
1:1 Square pixels are assumed
100% Full screen (no borders)
16:9 Zoomed to 16:9 format
4:3 Zoomed to 4:3 format
Equalizer Opens the equalizer. The icon is green when the equalizer is enabled. Requires Android 2.3 or newer.
Go back Play previous file in queue.
Play Play/resume playing current file.
Pause Pause currently playing file.
Next track Play next file in queue.
Previous track Close player and delete queue.
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Plugins

Plugins can be accessed via the home screen.

The following plugins are currently available:

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Installed Apps Plugin

The Installed Apps plugin lists all the installed third party applications

You can perform the following operations on them:

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FTP Plugin

The ftp plugin allows to make connections to ftp servers.

Tap on <New connection> to create a new connection. Then enter a connection name.
You can now specify server name and port, user, password, remote directory, commands to send on connect (separate multiple commands by a ;), server type, firewall, passive mode and file name encoding.

Connection:
Tap on a connection to connect. After connecting, the packer icon will change to a connection icon. Use this icon to change the transfer mode (binary, text or automatic), and to disconnect. Only a single connection is supported at the same time per panel.

Server type:
If your server isn't detected, you can define a server type in Total Commander for Windows and import it into the Android version. To do this, open your wcx_ftp.ini, and look for a section like this:
[Unix1]
Template1=pppppppppp !S* TTT DDDDDDDD n*

Save this to a file called (in this example) Unix1.ini, transfer it to the SD-Card of your Android device, and then use the option "load detect string".

Firewall:
This opens another dialog for the configuration of your firewall. All firewall types of the desktop Total Commander are supported, except for the HTTP type. Leave the user name and password fields empty if your firewall doesn't support them. The first type is the most common, so try this first.

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LAN plugin

The LAN plugin allows to access often accessed servers in the LAN (local area network) via smb (Windows file sharing).

1. Tap on <new server>
2. Enter a name for the list, e.g. Server1
3. Enter the server name in the network

To be able to connect, you need a real LAN connection to your network (e.g. via WLAN).

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SFTP plugin

The SFTP plugin allows to connect to SFTP servers (file transfers over SSH). For FTPS (FTP over SSL) you need to use the FTP plugin.

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Cloud plugins

The following plugins for cloud services are currently available:

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WebDAV plugin

Connect to WebDAV servers, e.g. by GMX, OwnCloud or CPanel servers (port 2078).

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WiFi (WLAN) plugin

Allows to send files and URLs between two Android devices, or from one Android device to any PC, tablet or smartphone with a web browser.

Send: Select some files, tap on Copy and then on "via WiFi".

Receive: Tap on "WiFi Transfer" in the Home folder. Then scan the QR code, or enter the URL manually.

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USB-stick plugin

Access to USB sticks via USB on the go on devices which normally don't allow the access, like the Nexus 7 and 10.

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Problems+Troubleshooting

Here are some known problems and possible solutions:

Q: Total Commander for Android fails to access some network shares.
A: Try to use the numeric IP address instead of the server name

Q: Total Commander for Android fails to send a file via Bluetooth on my custom ROM.
A: Some custom ROMs (e.g. Villarom 12.0.0 on HTC Hero) do not implement Bluetooth correctly. Try with a different Bluetooth program like Blueobex whether this is the case. Please contact us if other Bluetooth tools work but Total Commander doesn't.

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