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Accessing the File Manager

File Manager is a quick and easy way to navigate through your files. It also has an array of features that can help you manage your files, such as uploading, creating, removing, editing, copying, moving, compressing, or extracting your files.

This article is part of our File Manager tutorial series. Please see the links below if you are looking for a different explanation of the File Manager.

Accessing the File Manager

Note: Legacy accounts will feature a horizontal navigation bar at the top of the screen, while Bluerock account users will see a vertical navigation menu on the left-hand side of the screen. If you are still unsure what interface your account uses, please see Bluerock vs. Legacy to determine which step to follow.


  1. Log in to your Bluehost control panel.
  2. Click the Advanced tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
  3. Under the Files section, click the File Manager. 


  1. Log in to your Bluehost control panel.
  2. Under the files category, locate the File Manager icon.
  3. A dialogue box will appear. In the pop-up, select Web Root and check the box next to Show Hidden Files. (this will place you in the folder for your web content and show you all the files and folders present).
  4. The File Manager will now load in a new window and show your files. Double click on a folder to open it, and click Up One Level to go back to a folder. 

No pop-up box? You may have selected the "Skip this question, and always open this directory in the future when opening the File Manager" option. To make the pop-up reappear, simply click reset all interface settings at the very bottom of your control panel.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us via Chat or Phone:

  • Chat Support - While on our website, you should see a CHAT bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Click anywhere on the bubble to begin a chat session.
  • Phone Support -
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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.