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File Manager - How to Create, Remove, and Edit Files

File Manager - Creating, Removing, and Editing 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.


You will need to have a basic understanding of how to navigate the File Manager in order to complete these tasks. If you are still unfamiliar with the File Manager and how to navigate it, check out our Navigating the File Manager article.

Create a File or Folder

  1. Login to cPanel and click File Manager.
  2. Choose to open Web Root and Show hidden files.
  3. Click the New File or New Folder button at the top of the page.
  4. In the pop-up box, enter the name of the newly created file or folder. Files will have a name and extension separated by a dot, but folders have only the one name. Files without an extension will be rendered as as generic text document.
  5. Click the Create New File or Create New Folder button.

Remove a File or Folder

  1. Login to cPanel and click File Manager.
  2. Choose to open Web Root and Show hidden files.
  3. Click and highlight the file or folder you want to remove in the File Listing.
  4. From the top Toolbar, click Delete.
  5. Click the Delete File(s) button on the pop-up box to confirm your action.

Edit a File

  1. Login to cPanel and click File Manager.
  2. Choose to open Web Root and Show hidden files.
  3. Locate the file you want to edit in the File Listing; then click and highlight the file.
  4. Choose one of the three following editors from the top Toolbar:
    • Edit - This editor will edit a document as plain text.
    • Code Edit - This editor will edit a document as code, and will give line numbers down the side of the editor. You can also color code your code by using the syntax drop-down menu and selecting the code you are working with.
    • HTML Editor - This editor will edit a document as an html document. In this editor, you can also switch between a design view (as a text document), a source view (through the html code itself), or a Preview mode (view the page through the web) by selecting the appropriate tab in the bottom left of the editor.
  5. Once you have selected the editor you would like to use, click Edit from the pop-up window to open the editor in a new window.
  6. Once you are done editing your document, don't forget to click Save Changes before closing the editor.
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