Oh, not that much - Just looks and functionality!! No, there is a lot I can do, but generally it's interface is SO different than most file explorers that I get stumped a lot and need to end up opening another one. Little everyday things like trying to access features that I am used to accessing from a right-click context menu. I start out needing to do something relatively routine and find myself spending 10 to 30 minutes rummaging around in the TC Help file, and then another 20 minutes or so looking around the TC forums. Then I realize I have spent well over an hour sitting at my computer trying to find out how to accomplish something that I could have done in 30 seconds using even the Windows Explorer interface!! So I open that or DOpus or whatever and do it and close TC, not to open it for another month or two.
Been that way for 6 years now! Other similar tasks also. I'll decide that I need to have folder sizes available in the panes and then I am off again looking for that one, single plugin that allows you to do that. Of course the plugins - which are very useful - are not documented well at all and I end up spending wayyy too much time looking and not enough time doing.
Am I coming across clear? Or like mud?
TC is just SO much different in how you access and do things that some users can easily outspend their available time looking for instructions for what should be very simple tasks. Certainly does not help that the Help file is in the old, old Microsoft .HLP format, where you can look at the contents, then clicking on a topic expands to a standalone window and if you need to look for another possibly related topic you must close that window and go back to the contents. They have come out with newer Help formats to make the user experience easier, but many older programs stayed with the first help file they ever created - 10 or more years ago - and then just add to it as time and development goes on.
If I had the time to spend a couple days doing nothing but re-learning Total Commander oddities, I could probably use it more effectively. But I usually give up once I have spent more time trying to find out "How" than the initial task would have taken!
Any advice is appreciated, though, as always!