FRSFileMgr

Purpose

FRSFileMgr is a true Windows file manager.

Why Did We Create FRSFileMgr?

FRSFileMgr is a software tool that makes it easy for you to manage the files, directories/folders, and drives on your computer. It has been designed as an alternative to Windows (File) Explorer, the "file manager" provided with the Windows operating system.

Microsoft created the old File Manager, which was a very powerful tool, as part of Windows 3.1 and NT. Starting with Windows 95, the File Manager product was dropped in favor of the new Windows Explorer. It provided the ability to do file management, and so much more. Starting with Windows Vista, and continued with Windows 7, Explorer became more complicated and more overloaded with many extra features that had nothing to do with file management. It has really morphed into a complete computer management tool. You know the saying, "Jack of all trades, master of ...". The product seems to get worse with each new major release of Windows, and, in our opinion, the Windows 10's version of (the renamed) File Explorer is just about impossible to use!

We wanted the power of the old Windows File Manager, but with the abilities of the modern-day operating systems and a more updated look. FRSFileMgr provides you with tremendous power and flexibility, with many features that are not provided in Windows Explorer. For example, Microsoft has been working on Windows Explorer for almost 30 years now, yet you still cannot print a listing of all the files in a directory! A feature that was provided with version 1.0 of FRSFileMgr! There are many such file-related specialty features that have been implemented in FRSFileMgr that Windows Explorer simply does not provide, such as copying just the file names of a bunch of files, or copying a file's entire path, to the Windows Clipboard.

Key Features

  • Easier to use than Windows Explorer, because it only manages files, directories, and drives; nothing else.
  • Rename a group of files (e.g. digital camera files) in one go.
  • Completely reverse almost any file or directory change.
  • Print a directory's file listing.
  • Add your own notes to files.
  • One window shows all the core info about your PC's drives.
  • Bookmark often-used files and/or directories for later recall.
  • View and, optionally, delete ALL temporary files.
  • Easily view and extract .zip files (with complete undo support to bring everything back to the way it was).

FRSFileMgr In Action

FRSFileMgr presents two panes within the main window. On the left is the Directory Browser, and on the right is the main Files grid. The Directory Browser only shows drive letters and directories, and the Files grid only shows files (Windows Explorer also shows sub-directories with the files listings, which is confusing). In FRSFileMgr, when you select something on the left in the Directory Browser and the selected drive or directory itself contains any files, they will be shown in the Files grid on the right. If it has no files, the listing on the right will be empty.

The Directory Browser lists all of the disk drives inside your computer that are visible to Windows, which have been assigned a drive letter. It will also list any connections you have established with other computers, via your home or office network, if those connections have been assigned a drive letter. External drives, such as hard drives, digital camera media readers, a cell phone, and e-readers can also be shown as drive letters if your computer has the necessary drivers installed for those devices and the Windows operating system recognizes them.

When you start FRSFileMgr for the first time, it will show only the drive letters on your computer. Click on the "+" symbol to the left of the drive letter, which will expand the listing, showing all of the top-level directories found. You can further expand individual directories to reveal their sub-directories. As you expand more and more directories, it may become visually overwhelming. You can then click on the "-" symbol next to an expanded directory and collapse (or hide) its listing of sub-directories.

To do anything with, or to, a directory, select it in the Directory Browser, and then click on the desired menu command of the main "Directory" menu. You can also right-click on the directory in the Directory Browser, or press the Shift+F10 keyboard shortcut.

Similarly, to do anything with, or to, a file, click anywhere in the row where the file is listed in the Files grid, and then click on the main "File" menu. You can also right-click on a file in the Files grid, or press the Shift+F10 keyboard shortcut.

Be sure to explore all the menus to find out what all FRSFileMgr can do for you. And, above all, take your time. FRSFileMgr is a very powerful tool, and it can do a lot of damage if you are not careful. However, unlike Windows Explorer, nearly all actions performed in FRSFileMgr can be reversed using the "Undo" menu. So, please, take your time and "experiment" with the application. Click on the "How-to" menu to learn more about the features that are provided with FRSFileMgr.


(screen capture taken on Windows 10)

FRSFileMgr Trial Period

FRSFileMgr comes with a one-time, 21-day trial period during which you can use the full functionality of the application for free. There are no artificial limitations imposed within the application during that time period. When the free trial period is over, you must purchase a license for FRSFileMgr to continue to use it. All of the data you entered during the free trial period will still be there after you have paid for your license. There is no separate download required after you have purchased your license. The status bar indicates how many days you have remaining in your free trial period.

FRSFileMgr Privacy Policy

It's Your Data!

FRSFileMgr data and settings are stored in binary files on your computer. Our products never upload your data to our server nor any third-party server. Our products do not report your interaction with our products to our server nor any third-party server. An Internet connection is not required to use our products. Please note that individuals who have access to your physical computer could potentially have access to your copy of FRSFileMgr and the data you store in it. Always protect your computer from outside access by setting a strong password on it.

Uploads

FRSFileMgr does not upload any information to the Fourth Ray Software web site nor to any third-party server. We do reserve the right to communicate your FRSFileMgr license number during a product upgrade check in a future version, so that we may verify your paid-for version. However, this is currently not being done.

Automatic Upgrades

When automatic upgrading is enabled (under your control), FRSFileMgr connects to the Fourth Ray Software server, if your computer has an Internet connection active, to determine if a new version of FRSFileMgr has been released by Fourth Ray Software. It compares the latest version number listed on the server against the version you have installed. If a new version has been released, the new software installation program will be downloaded to your computer, and FRSFileMgr will automatically run that upgrade when you close the application (you will see a notification window). See the application's documentation center for how to disable automatic upgrades, if so desired.