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How to Navigate cPanel File Manager

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.

Navigating the File Manager

If you are not sure how to find the File Manager, please visit the Accessing the File Manager article. Once you are in the File Manager, you will need to know the different parts of the File Manager and how to navigate it. To get started, we have separated the File Manager into three sections:

  1. The Toolbar.
  2. Directory Listing.
  3. File Listing.

The sections of the File Manager

  • Section 1 - This top bar is the Toolbar. You will find all of the basic functions for managing files here.
  • Section 2 - This section on the left is the Directory Listing. Here you will find a listing of all the directories (folders) present on your account.
  • Section 3 - This right section is the File Listing. Here you will find a listing of all the files in whichever folder is currently selected. cpanel-file-listing

To Enter a Folder

In the cPanel file manager, there's some way for you to enter a folder. Here is the following step:

  1. Double-click the folder icon in the File Listing.
  2. Alternatively, click on the folder icon in the Directory Listing.

Either way will display the contents of that folder in the File Listing.

Note: If you want to jump to a folder that is buried in several other folders, use the Directory Listing. You can click the plus (+) next to any folder to see any folders within that directory and navigate to the desired folder.
Clicking on the folder will display its contents in the right section, the File Listing.

To Leave a Folder

  • At the top of the File Listing section, click Up One Level, and you will be placed in the preceding or parent folder of the one you are currently in.
  • Alternatively, click on the appropriate folder you want to switch to from the Directory Listing.


Mastering file management in cPanel's File Manager is key to streamlined website maintenance. By understanding the toolbar, directory, and file listings, navigating becomes effortless. Whether entering a folder with a simple double-click or using the Directory Listing for nested folders, efficiency is ensured. Exiting a folder is just as straightforward, either by clicking "Up One Level" or selecting from the Directory Listing. With these fundamentals in hand, website management becomes a breeze.

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