File Manager User Guide

File Manager basics

The main screen can be roughly divided into 3 parts.

Left part

On the very left there is the main directory tree where you can browse through your folders or add new files and folders with the big button above.

Right part

The right side of the manager represents the contents of the current folder. Here you can interact with files via the context menu, navigate in a folder or go back to the parent one (by clicking "back to parent folder" or via the breadcrumbs).

Double-click here behaves differently depending on the type of the file you click on:

  • dblclick on a folder will open it
  • dblclick on a text file will open the editor
  • dblclick on a file that can be opened in a browser (pdf, audio, video, image) will open the file in an adjacent tab

If there is no action to perform with a file, the file will be downloaded.
You can also change the way the right screen looks by switching display modes.

Topbar

The topbar is populated with the following controls:

Display modes

File Manager offers 3 display modes:

  • Table

  • Cards

Here you can open the file context menu by clicking on the 3 dots (opposite to the file name) or with regular right click on the file.

  • Total

In this mode you are able to open two different folders and work with them simultaneously. You can also move files from one directory to another.

Adding files and folders

Basically, there are 2 ways to add files to your manager: create new files/folders or upload already existing ones.

Creating files and folders

You can create:

  • text-based files
  • folders

How to create a text file or a folder:

1) Click the "Add New" button;
2) From the popup choose the option you need;
3) Name the file/folder in the prompt window.

Uploading files

You can upload files like:

  • Text
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Archives
  • Excel tables

Make sure the file name DOES NOT start with a dot.

How to upload a file:

1) Click the "Add New" button;
2) Choose the Upload file option;
3) In the dialog window choose the file(s) you want to upload.

You can also drag-n-drop files from a directory on your computer right into File Manager.

Previewing files

In the preview section you can get information about file size, type, etc.

Select a file you want to get information about and click the "Preview" button on the top bar.

How to Copy and Move files and folders

It is possible to copy and move files and folders in File Manager. If you want to move files/folders from one directory to another take the following steps:

1) Select file(s) you want to move and press the Ctrl + X shortcut or click the Cut option from the right click menu;

2) Go to the folder you want to paste the file(s) in and press Ctrl + V or click the Paste option from the right click menu.

You can also move files via drag-n-drop which is an equivalent operation.

By analogy with moving files you can copy them:

1) Select the desired files/folders and press Ctrl + C shortcut or click the Copy option from the right click menu;
2) Go to the folder you want to paste the file(s) in and press the Ctrl + V shortcut or click the Paste option from the right click menu.

Note, if you want to copy/move more than one file you should hold the Ctrl key down while selecting files. For range selection hold Shift. To select all the files in the current directory use the Ctrl + A shortcut.

See the full list of hotkeys in File Manager.

Searching for files

To find desired file(s) just start typing the text in the search field on the top bar. You can focus the search bar by pressing the Ctrl + F shortcut.

You can perform all the available operations with the found files as well as open their location via the context menu or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + O.

Editing text files

To edit a text file double-click on it or select Edit option from the context menu. It will open the file in the dedicated editor.

To save the changes press Ctrl + S or click on the "Save" button above the text.

The yellow bulb on the button signalizes about unsaved changes in the file.

Renaming files

To rename a file open the right click menu of the file and choose the "Rename" option. In the prompt window type in a new name for the file. You can rename only one file at a time.

It is also possible to rename a file by selecting it and using the Ctrl + R shortcut.

Downloading files

To download a file from File Manager click on the Download option from the context menu of the file or press Ctrl + D:

You can also download a file from the preview panel

Deleting files

How to delete file(s):

1) Select all the necessary files/folders;
2) Open the right click menu and choose the "Delete" option or press the Del/Backspace key.

All the files will be deleted permanently.

Hotkeys

Below you can find the list of hotkeys available in File Manager.

Global

  • Ctrl* + F - move focus to the search bar
  • Ctrl* + A - select all items in the current directory
  • Ctrl* + D - download the selected file
  • Ctrl* + Alt + O - open file location (e.g. from search results)
  • Ctrl* + O - open the selected file in a new tab
  • Ctrl* + C - copy the selected file(s) to the clipboard
  • Ctrl* + X - cut sthe elected file(s) to the clipboard
  • Ctrl* + V - paste the content of the clipboard into the current location
  • Ctrl* + R - rename the selected file
  • Ctrl* + E - edit the selected text file
  • Del / Backspace - delete the selected file(s)
  • Tab - move focus among selectable items. In the Total mode it moves the focus between two parts.

Text Editor

  • Ctrl* + S - save changes in the editor
  • Esc - close the editor

Prompt

  • Enter - submit the prompt
  • Esc - close the prompt

* Use Command for MacOS.

For developers

New hotkeys can be defined with the help of customization.

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