Files: Alternative Free File Manager for Windows PC

Windows File Manager is time tested and robust file manager for Windows computers. However, some Windows users demand more from their computers. For those unsatisfied users, there are many File Explorer alternatives available on the internet. One of them is a free, open-source and powerful file manager called Files. It can be used as a replacement for the File Explorer on Windows 10 and 11. It can also be used as a secondary file manager for extra functionality.

Files comes with a tabbed user interface. We can open multiple folders in the same window and then copy or move files across them. This tabbed user interface also improves the search and management of files on your computer. In addition, you can also quickly launch the command prompt (cmd.exe) on Windows 10 or terminal on Windows 11. You can also change the Files settings to include Flute, Windows PowerShell or PowerShell Core.

The cloud storage is also integrated into this open-source file manager. We can add various cloud storage providers to the sidebar such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud Drive and more.


Files has a very beautiful and modern user interface. We can switch between the light and dark modes through themes. The entire interface is designed to make common tasks easier for the user. In Windows File Explorer, you can pin only folders to the sidebar, but in Files, we can also pin individual files. This makes accessing very important and frequently used files from any folder.

If you start to enjoy using Files when handling your files, there will come a time when you would want to replace Windows File  Explorer with Files. There is an option in the Files under the “Experimental” section using which you can quickly make Files your default file manager on Windows.

You can download Files from It is also available from Microsoft Store.