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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.

How Do I Get Started?

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.

Manipulating a Directory or a File

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.

How Do I Get the Latest Version?

You can always download FRSFileMgr directly via the "Download" tab above. However, FRSFileMgr automatically checks to see if a new version has been released each time you run it, if you have enabled that option and your computer has an active Internet connection. When a new version has been found, it will be downloaded, and you will be notified of the automatic upgrade when you close the application. Making sure you are always up-to-date is both free and easy!

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When an upgrade is being downloaded, a download icon appears in the status bar (shown here on the right). Note that you can close the application at any time. If an upgrade was in the process of being downloaded, the application will stop and try again the next time you run it.

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When the download has completed, the icon will change to one showing a sun (as shown here on the right). At that point the application will be upgraded when you close it, or you can apply the upgrade right away and have the application re-started after that is done by clicking on the "FRSFileMgr | Apply Upgrade" menu command.

If for some reason you wish to disable automatic upgrading, click on the "Settings | Automatic Application Upgrade" menu command to turn OFF that feature. The state of the check mark to the left of that menu command indicates whether or not FRSFileMgr checks for new upgrades. If you turn that option ON again, FRSFileMgr will immediately check the Fourth Ray Software server to see if a new version is available, and download it if there is one, assuming your computer has an active Internet connection.

For How Long Can I Use the Free Version?

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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 restrictions during that time period. When the free trial period is over, you must purchase a license to continue to use the application (click on the "Buy" tab above). All of the settings you made 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, as shown here on the right, indicates how many days you have remaining in your free trial period.

How Do I Enable the Paid-for Version?

When you have paid for a license for FRSFileMgr, you will receive your unique serial number. You can enter the serial number via the "FRSFileMgr | Enter Serial Number..." menu command. You will also see this window when you start the application and you have allowed your trial period to expire. You need to enter the serial number you received from us. We recommend copying and then pasting the serial number, as it is easy to mistype it. When ready, press the OK button to have FRSFileMgr verify the serial number. If it is valid, the application will switch to a "paid-for" version, which you can verify by clicking on the "FRSFileMgr | About..." menu command.