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How to Copy and Move Files Using File Manager

Copying and moving files with a file manager keeps your digital files organized and safe. It helps you tidy up your digital space, make backups of important files, manage your storage efficiently, share files easily with others, and work more productively.

Learn the essentials of file management with our guide on using File Manager. In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily copy and move files. If you are interested in exploring more topics, this tutorial is part of our File Manager series. Please click on the "Related Articles" link below to discover more.



To get started, you will need to have a basic understanding of how to navigate the File Manager in order to complete these tasks.

Note: If you are still unfamiliar with the File Manager and how to navigate it, check out our Navigating the File Manager article.

How to Access File Manager

  1. Log in to your Bluehost Account Manager.
  2. Click the Hosting tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
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  3. Under Quick Links, click on File Manager.
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How to Copy and Move Files

  1. Choose to open Web Root and Show hidden files.
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  2. Locate and select the files or folders you want to copy or move (Hold control to select multiple items or hold shift to select a group of items).
  3. With the appropriate files and folders selected, click the Copy icon or Move icon from the top menu.
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    Alternatively, you can right-click on the selected files and folders and click on Copy or Move from the drop-down menu, as pictured below.
  4. A popup box will appear confirming the final destination for your files. The default destination path for the copied or moved files to go will be the current folder you are in. Replace this with the appropriate destination path for the files to go.

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Note: The Copy and Move tools act very similarly. While the Move tool will remove the files from the directory (folder) they are being moved from and then place them in the new directory, the Copy tool will copy the files so that they exist in both the original and new directories.

Summary

This is part of a series on using File Manager, starting with basic navigation. It shows you how to easily copy and move files using File Manager, helping you organize your computer's files better. It includes steps on accessing File Manager, selecting files, and using the copy or move options. Perfect for anyone looking to keep their digital space neat, back up important files, or share files with others.

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