Questions tagged [file-management]

Software to manage files stored on device(s), network(s), and/or in the cloud.

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Windows program for viewing which program is using a file

Often, on my Windows computers, when I go to delete or move directories or files, an error message appears explaining that this action can not be completed because one of the files is being used by ...
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File integrity checker

I have a large amount of files that should never change, including RAW photographs and video files. I'm worried about silent bit rot. I do have backups to restore lost/corrupted files, but comparing ...
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Software to find duplicate files

I need recommendations for a software for de-duplication. Requirements: Runs on Windows Ability to find duplicate archives: files that have exactly the same content (and, so, the same size). Names, ...
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Disk space monitor - where did my disk space go?

I've been using WinDirStat for years to graphically show what directories take up the space on my disk, but that doesn't answer a very simple question: I suddenly have 1Gb less space than yesterday....
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Very space-efficient freeware file compressor

Can you please recommend me a lossless file compressor for general use, which is the more space-efficient than standard ZIP compression? Of course, the better it compresses, the better… It should ...
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How can I integrate a command line into the Windows Explorer?

Some days, I really miss Midnight Commander1. The combination of a menu-based full-screen UI and the command-based "glass teletype" provided a wonderful melding of chocolate and peanut butter power ...
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Creating a graph of connections between Office files

I'm preparing to move huge amount of files between file servers. The files are located in different shares within one of many servers. I thought it would be good to have clear vision of what is linked ...
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Windows software required to compare 2 folders through the tree to the leafs

Actually, I have got 2 versions of a folder which has multiple folders and files and has a max depth of 6, now I am not sure what changes I did in which file and in which version. Use Cases I need ...
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Is there a free desktop PDF editor?

I think that Adobe Acrobat costs way too much. I don't want to pay for a reoccuring subscription for something I'd like to have for the longest time. The desktop version is way too expensive even with ...
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Windows tool for code comparison that supports FTP

I need a suggestion for a code comparison tool. It should be able to compare a website code with a local copy (via FTP) It should be able to visualize the source code highlighting the differences It ...
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Native photo managment software for Ubuntu

I’m searching for picasa alike photo management software for Ubuntu. App should be native and I don’t want to run it in Wine or similar software. Don't mind if not included in Ubuntu repositories ...
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A program to sort and rename photos (drag & drop)

I have a lot of pictures (2000) taken from different cameras and I want to order it and rename all of them preserving my order. I'm using windows 8. I know that I can select several pics, press F2 ...
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Software to send files through my private network

I'm looking for a tool to quickly send large files from my PC to another one through my private network. My requirements : Very fast (faster than using a USB flash drive) Allows big files (~ 1 GO) ...
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Simple Photo Management Android Application

I am looking for an android photo management application that does the following: Ability to store text or tags associated with that photo file (not text on the photo) Sorting by date / tags Simple ...
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Is there a GUI to display a file from a remote git repository without cloning it?

If I want to look inside a file in a remote repository, is this possible without cloning the whole repository? I tried git ls-remote git@remoteserver.com:repo.git but that only displays references ...
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More reliable alternative to Samba on Linux, speed is most important

There is already a question similiar: Samba (smb) alternative which allows outside LAN connections. My requirements differ, I simply need to be able to mount a drive which is located in my linux ...
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Image indexer and duplicate finder

I need a free program, that is able to index my images on my hard disk and find duplicates. I'd like to be able to find exact duplicates (same size, name and format could be different) as well as ...
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Fully keyboard driven file manager for Linux

I'm looking for a Linux file manager: Graphical. Desktop environment neutral, plain GTK or Qt libs are OK, I just don't want to install million services from GNOME or KDE just to use a single app. ...
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File manager that use magic number/mime-type based file associations?

Many Linux file managers identify file type regardless of extension. For example, when I double click on a text file with whatever extension or no extension at all, it looks the contents of file and ...
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Tool to validate the integrity of my data files

I am a little concerned about one of my disk drives and afraid that I might be overwriting good backups of it with corrupt files. I would like a tool which recursively scans all directories and tests ...
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An intelligent duplicate file finder for Linux

What I am searching for is a software to find duplicate files in Linux. I am expecting it meets these requirements. Must haves Runs natively on Linux (not through Wine or PlayOnLinux) Is able to ...
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OCR for PDF files on iPad

I am looking for an app to make the scanned PDF files on my iPad searchable. The problem is that there is a large number of apps which are supposed to do this, but they all have rather mixed ratings. ...
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gtk Linux file manager with column view

Is there a Linux file manager or a file manager add-on in gtk with the column view (or something like it) that Apple's Finder has? Here is a screenshot with a short explanation: With the left/right ...
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OSX-like ('finder') File Manager for Linux / Ubuntu?

I am looking for a stable and production ready file manager / file explorer for (Ubuntu) Linux, which has a similar approach on UI and directory browsing as the standard Finder application on Mac OSX ...
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Alternatives to windows file explorer

What are the good alternatives to the default File Explorer that Windows provides? The default File Explorer lacks many good features like Tabbed browsing Searching of files is horrible Any extra ...
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Photo management & cloud backups

My mother is a photo enthusiast and I have just discovered that her 300+ GB of photos have been saved in a disorganized manner without a backup solution. I work with computers for a living, but after ...
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File Organization

tl;dr Is there any good software out there to help me organize my files? I have a ton! Longer Version: I want to be able to organize my files once and for all. I have 20 years of files kicking ...
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Program to read shortcut (.lnk) files and modify its properties

I would like a GUI program capable to open/read a shortcut file and modify all of its properties, with total ease (like for example showing the original values in a editable textbox, and a button to ...
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Document management software for small office?

I want a document management software for a small office. The system should be especially proficient in handling letters/document going in and out; all letters dispatched should have a slip to be ...
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Create file of arbitrary size with random data in Windows

I am looking for an application that will create a file of an arbitrary size, filled with pseudo-random data. Must be able to create files at least 1GB in size (larger is better). The application must ...
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What is a good universal or generic file viewer for Win7?

We are using Quick View Plus on the Windows XP workstations, for viewing files we receive with a specific extension. The files with that extension can be of any type - PDF, DOC, XLS, GIF, PNG, etc. On ...
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Upload and store large files

There are commercial file upload services for large files such as sharefile.com or sendfilessecurely.com. I'd also like to have a large and secure file upload service, but hosted by myself, because I ...
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Creating a virgin directory tree containing files from multiple, near-duplicate sources

Note: I've read through the other questions and do not believe this is a duplicate (pun intended). Most "file de-duplicators" seem to want to help you reduce filespace. Instead, I want to ...
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Indexing documents in a network folder

I'd love to have a tool that creates an index for documents in a windows network folder. I'm looking for a client-side only solution. The index should contain the filenames and file content for ...
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Software to replace multiple text strings in multiple files

I'm looking for Windows software which can replace multiple text strings, in multiple files, at the same time. I have some words which I want to replace in 1000's of text files. For example, I want ...
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Send a file to yourself without registering

There is a specific computer which often generates files that I need to take with me to other machines. However, obvious solutions do not work: I cannot bring a flash drive or similar physical ...
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Windows Software to access Linux partitions from Windows

I frequently feel like accessing my files on Ubuntu from Windows. But Windows does not show Linux partitions while the reverse works. Is there some software for Windows that can help me see Linux ...
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Software able to link keywords to files

I'm looking for a Windows software that would allow me to link keywords with files so that when I would press a key combination and enter that keyword, the file would be opened. One keyword leads to ...
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Lightweight DMS with built in REST API

I'm puzzling myself trying to find a tool to use with my web app for saving docs. We are rewriting our own Java web app which deals mainly with binary (MS Office) documents. In the old one, we used to ...
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Software for deleting music from directory rather than playlist

My dad has 700+ MP3 and WMA files on a memory stick which he sticks into his truck's radio system, now there are a bunch of songs he wants deleted however the radio system just reveals a track number (...
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Fixing corrupted jpgs that still looks ok visually

So like many people lots of my jpg photos had not been properly backed up with parity bits and all my backup copies had become corrupted due to "silent data corruption". I scanned my drive using the ...
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File explorer that can open a folder with millions of files on Windows

I am looking for a file explorer that works on Windows 7 and can open a folder with millions of files quickly (e.g. 50 million). It should be GUI and list all the files. (The computer has SSD). ...
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Synchronized windows explorer folder browsing

I am looking for some software which will allow me to perform synchronized browsing between 3 different windows machines. FileZilla has a synchronized browsing feature in which you declare a base ...
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Web app for distributing software updates to customers (customer support)

I've been looking all over for web apps that allows a software vendor to make app updates available for customers to download. A glorified (S)FTP server if you will, but with the following extra ...
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Software to index filenames on removable media, helpful to find right media later

I would like to have index of files which are stored on my 'off-line' media devices (external HDD's, SD cards, DVD's, CD's, floppy disks ;). So if there is an app using which I can know what file/...
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Google Photos alternative

I am looking for a Google Photos alternative because I don't really like the tag system. Problem I cannot organize photos nicely using albums I can only add photos to albums but I cannot move photos ...
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Exposing Android device as a drive in Windows

I have an Android 4.x phone, which when connected to a Windows PC, shows up as a device. Is there any software solution to expose it as a drive instead?
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Command line file explorer/manager that displays the folder size

I am looking for a command line file explorer/manager that displays the folder size. I am aware of GNU Midnight Commander, Last File Manager and vifm but none of them display the folder sizes (edit as ...
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Program to show which programs prevent a USB device from being ejected on Windows [duplicate]

To eject a USB device I do: which sometimes give me the following error message: This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again....
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Desktop organizer program

If I keep 15 image files on my desktop, could there be a program that pops up "Do you wish to create a folder of these files?" or similar so that the desktop automatically keeps organized and not ...

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