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PowerDesk is an orthodox file manager for Windows produced by Avanquest Software SA. It is currently at version, and it is available both as a free product with partial capabilities and no technical support and the full, commercial version retailing for US$39.95 which integrates file search and management with FTP, compression, content preview, rapid search and other functions.[1]

The name of the company making PowerDesk has changed on a few occasions since the first version came out in 1990, with OnTrack Data International being the publisher until recently.[2] One difference this software currently has with many of its type is that it is not extensible with plug-ins, whereas Total Commander, XYplorer and others do allow for plug-ins and helper programmes to be integrated with the main software much in the same fashion as TextPad,[3] which add functionality ranging from additional compression algorithms to e-mail capability to recovery of deleted files to being able to view the contents of database and spreadsheet files from within the manager.[4]

PowerDesk's main competitors are Total Commander, XYplorer, ZTreeWin amongst commercial software and Midnight Commander and Explorer++ amongst free and/or copylefted software; a comprehensive table can be found in Wikipedia as part of the article Comparison of file managers. PowerDesk had a 2.5 of 5 rating at CNet as of 15 July 2014.[1]

The free Version 4 is on the programme disk in the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kits.[5] The documentation for this version and others puts an emphasis on PowerDesk as a compression tool whilst noting that it is a complete alternative to Windows Explorer and the My Computer icon.[6]


  1. ^ a b "PowerDesk - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com". Download.cnet.com. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  2. ^ Help screen, Version 4
  3. ^ Total Commander documentation
  4. ^ Total Commander plugins page
  5. ^ Windows NT Server 4.0 Resource Kit
  6. ^ "PC Tune Up | Website Creation Software | Small Business & Bookkeeping Software". Avanquest. Retrieved 2015-05-20.

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