(1) Software that manages data files. See file management system.|
(2) Software used to organize files on a disk. It provides functions to delete, copy, move and rename files as well as create and manage folders. File managers typically provide file viewing. When clicking on an image name or icon, file managers usually cause a separate application to launch that actually renders the file's contents.
Every OS Has a File Manager
In the first versions of Windows (Windows 3.0 and 3.1), the file manager was appropriately named "File Manager." Starting with Windows 95 and NT 4.0, it became Windows Explorer. In the Macintosh, the file manager is included in the Finder desktop. Konqueror is the file manager in the Linux KDE desktop. See Win Explorer, Finder, Konqueror and file viewer.