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How do I use the File Manager?

Using the File Manager in cPanel allows you to manage files and directories on your web hosting account directly from your web browser. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use the File Manager:

  1. Log in to cPanel:
    • Open your web browser and go to your cPanel login page. Enter your cPanel username and password to log in.
  2. Navigate to File Manager:
    • In the cPanel dashboard, look for an option named “File Manager.” It’s typically located in the “Files” or “Advanced” section. Click on it to open the File Manager.
  3. Choose Directory:
    • Once in the File Manager, you’ll see a directory tree on the left side. Choose the directory (folder) where you want to work or navigate to the desired location.
  4. View Files:
    • In the right pane, you’ll see a list of files and folders within the selected directory. You can click on folders to navigate deeper into the directory structure.
  5. File Operations:
    • Use the toolbar at the top for various file operations. You can create new files or folders, upload files, rename, copy, move, and delete files.
  6. Edit Files:
    • To edit a file, right-click on it and choose the “Edit” option. This opens a built-in text editor where you can make changes. After editing, save the changes.
  7. Upload Files:
    • To upload files to your web hosting account, use the “Upload” button in the toolbar. You can upload multiple files at once by selecting them and clicking “Open.”
  8. Create New File or Folder:
    • Use the “New File” or “New Folder” button in the toolbar to create a new file or folder. Enter the name and location.
  9. Copy, Move, and Delete:
    • Right-click on a file or folder to access options for copying, moving, or deleting. You can also use the toolbar for these operations.
  10. Change Permissions:
    • Right-click on a file or folder and choose “Change Permissions” to modify file permissions (CHMOD).
  11. Search for Files:
    • Use the “Search” option in the toolbar to search for specific files or folders within the current directory.
  12. Access Hidden Files:
    • Click on “Settings” in the top right corner and check “Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)” if you need to view hidden files.
  13. Logout:
    • When you’re done, make sure to log out for security reasons.

Remember to be cautious when performing file operations, especially if you are not familiar with the files or their functions. Make backups before making significant changes. The File Manager provides a convenient way to manage your website files without the need for external FTP software.