What is a File Manager?

April 11, 2023 - (Free)

A File Manager is a piece of software installed on a computer or other digital device that facilitates the management, organization, and manipulation of files. Users can create new files, move existing ones, copy existing ones, rename existing ones, delete existing ones, and search for files using the intuitive GUI.

Each folder in a file manager will normally have its own level of subfolders and files within those levels. Users can view the contents of each folder in its own pane and move across the directory hierarchy by clicking on the folders themselves. Some file managers additionally show you the file’s size, creation date, and type in great detail.

Anyone who uses files on a computer, from programmers to system administrators to regular computer users, needs a file manager. Users are able to better manage their time and efforts because to the increased accessibility and orderliness of their files.

In Windows 10, how can I access the file manager?

In Windows 10, File Explorer is used to manage files by default. In Windows 10, File Explorer can be accessed in a number of different ways.

The File Explorer app (represented by a folder icon) is permanently docked on the taskbar.

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Using this method, you may quickly launch File Explorer. Alternatives that can be considered are:

From the Start menu, choose File Explorer by typing “Start” followed by “File Explorer” into the search bar.

Start, then type ‘Run‘ and finally choose the resulting desktop app to issue the ‘Run Command. To launch Explorer, open Run, and then click the OK button.

Right-Click to Begin: Select File Explorer by right-clicking the Start menu.

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Windows 10’s File Explorer is one of the best file-management programs available. Folder and file management, as well as previewing their contents, can all be done in separate windows.

Launch your Mac’s Finder

Finder is Mac OS X’s file management application. It’s the app that launches when you turn on your Mac unless you’ve modified the startup sequence.

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Linux File Manager Software

People have always thought that Linux operating systems were hard to use. In recent years, though, the best Linux desktop environments have become very easy to use and come with strong file explorer apps that can compete with Windows Explorer.

Some of the file managers that come with famous Linux distributions by default are:

  • Dolphin: KDE Plasma
  • Thunar: XFCE
  • Caja: MATE
  • Nautilus: GNOME
  • Nemo: Cinnamon
  • Elementary OS is in the Pantheon Files.

Android File Manager

As long as your Android OS is higher than 5.0 (Lollipop), it comes with a file manager by default.

Tap on the File Manager app in your list of apps to open it.

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The file viewer that comes with Android is very basic, but it’s also very easy to use. It works well if all you need is an easy way to browse, copy, move, or open files.

iPhone File Manager

When the iPhone came out, there was no file manager app, and you couldn’t add one because the App Store hadn’t been made yet.

Apple added a Files app to iOS 11 that could also view and manage files on the device itself.

It’s a very simple app, just like the file manager that comes with Android. But it works well for managing files that you need to do often.

Tap on the Files app on one of your home screens to open the app.

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