What Are the Features of a File Manager?
When we talk about file managers, first of all, we recall Windows File Explorer. It is the simplest tool with all the above-mentioned functions, sufficient for an ordinary user of a home laptop. However, the moment you need to operate with multiple documents at the same time it turns out to be scarce.
Another file manager from the past is Total Commander. It’s been around for 20 years already and it still has its devoted users. It’s no surprise, as Total Commander is easy to operate and it perfectly copes with all the expected tasks.
- various view modes
Modern file managers offer different view modes for the users. Those may include dual-panel view, table view, cards view, as well as preview panel. Users can choose the one they like and are used to. Besides, elaborate solutions allow users to customize the layout.
- text and image editors
This is a very convenient feature when you need to make quick changes in the document or crop an image.
The possibility to move files and folders within the system by dragging and dropping them.
- sorting and searching
When there are a lot of files, it is handy to manage a quick search. Sorting can be performed by clicking on a column header, when the files are shown according to their names, date of creation, size, etc. The search is usually built-in and allows to find the required document fast.
- different sources support
File system data is taken from different sources, such as cloud storage, physical sources, etc.
- built-in audio and video players
Usually, this feature allows users to play audio and video files in the preview panel.
- built-in access control
It restricts access to files and folders and allocates access rights. So you can hide internal information from the customers, for instance.
- multi-language support
The context menu of the file system can be translated to any supported language.
We have compiled a list of the advanced features of file managers analyzing the solutions on the market today. Now let’s provide a few examples of the systems, that can boast most of the features mentioned. Our leaders are:
You can look through other similar solutions in this overview.
The project you work on may not necessarily need all the functions mentioned. Some features are too specific. For example, playing video files may be excessive. It all depends on the requirements of a particular project. But with the help of this overview you will know how to scale and what additional features to look for.