What is Dual Mode?

Dual mode is a special mode where TotalFinder displays two Finder windows side-by-side. It is a view similar to what can be seen in classic dual-panel file managers. This is handy in situations when you want to easily move files from one panel to the other.

Please note that individual Finder windows still behave the same as if they were individual windows. For example both windows keep their own toolbar. The only difference is that TotalFinder places the sidebar of the right-side window to the right edge and syncs its width with the left sidebar.

You may enter dual mode by double-clicking a tab or pressing ⌘U. The selected tab will join with the tab next to it and form dual tabs with two file browsers side-by-side. To leave dual mode double-click the dual tab again. The advantage of this setup is that you can create multiple dual tabs and manipulate them the same way as single tabs.

What can I do with dual mode?

  1. You can enter dual mode and create dual tabs.
  2. You can leave dual mode and break dual tabs back into two single tabs.
  3. You can switch active panel when in dual mode.

Keyboard shortcuts

ActionShortcutComment
Toggle dual mode⌘U
Switch active panel⌥⇥

Preferences

The dual mode is an integral part of TotalFinder and cannot be turned off.