File manager

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

File manager may refer to any of the following:

file manager

1. A file manager is a software program that helps a user manage all the files on their computer. For example, all file managers allow the user to view, edit, copy, and delete the files on their computer storage devices.


With recent versions of Microsoft Windows, Windows Explorer (Explorer) is considered the default file manager. With Apple computers, Finder is considered the default file manager.


Although a file manager helps the user view and manager their files, it's the operating system that's responsible for accessing and storing the files on a storage device.

2. When referring to Microsoft Windows 3.x, File Manager is a program included with Windows 3.x that enabled users to manage their files on the computer. File Manager was replaced with Explorer and the My Computer organizational metaphor in Windows 95 and later.

How to open the File Manager

The Windows File Manager in Windows 3.11 is in the Windows Program Manager Main window.

Konqueror, Operating system terms, Program Manager