About Windows File Manager

The File Manager was introduced in the Windows Operating System to manage files stored in the system.  It was subsequently replaced by “My Computer” in the later version of the operating system. But starting in 2018, the File Manager has been introduced as an optional component in the Windows Operating System, including in the Windows 10 release.

What can the file manager do?

It is instead a cliché to say that the file manager manages the files stored in the system. The more convenient option would be to elucidate the various operations possible with the manager and how to go about executing it. 

Copy: Here, a file in a directory is copied to another part of the system. It is done by right-clicking on the file and choosing the copy feature in the drop-down menu. The file is then copied to the new location by choosing the paste function in the drop-down menu with the right button.

Move: It is possible to move a file from one location on the hard disk to another. It must be noted here that both the original location and the final location has to be visible on the file manager. The file is then dragged and dropped from the old location to the new location by clicking and dragging with the mouse control. The move function is instead a convenient method to better organize the files in the directories.

Open: This function is used to access or to open out a file on the hard disk.  The cursor is placed over the file in question, and the mouse left button double-clicked. This should be sufficient to open the file. Depending on the application that has created the file, the system would call the necessary software to open out the file as a default.

It is possible to define the application as default, or else it can be chosen each time that the file is accessed. This feature is helpful in case of picture or video files which can be viewed with many applications and not just a single one alone. There are other instances of this happening, as well.

Delete: When a file has outlived its utility or that the user would want to clean up the directory, it is then necessary to delete the file from the system.  This is done by using the delete function on the click of the right button on the mouse. By default, the deleted file is sent to the waste bin and can be restored if necessary during a limited period. After that, depending on the settings of the computer, the file is permanently deleted.

Search: There are instances when files are lost on the storage system. This could be because the file was made some time ago, and people do not remember the directory every time. It could also be since with a cumbersome directory to remember, and it becomes impossible to locate the file.

This is where the search function of the File Manager comes into play.  In the search window, the most remembered part of the file name is typed in. This brings to view all the file names that have the search parameter in them, and it is then possible to get to the right file or document. 

Rename: Sometimes, for the better management of the files in a directory, it becomes necessary to rename the files. This is done by right-clicking the mouse button over the file and choosing the rename function. A small window appears next to the file, and the new name is filled into space. It is possible to have two files with the same name provided that they are not located in the same root directory. 

Print: As the very name signifies, the print function is used to create print outs of files. The function can be accessed at the top of the manager interface, where mostly an icon in the form of a printer located.  

The functions of the File Manager are not restricted to just the features laid out in the above but have many more features.

The File Manager is probably one of the most critical features of the Windows Operating System.  Despite the various releases that have followed over the years, it must be said that the functionality of the manager has not been done away with altogether, but refinements have been attempted.

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