15+ Tools to Manage Files From the Linux Command Line

Command Line TerminalIn the Linux command line, working with files is made easy by the multitude of file-manipulation commands that are available.

For each task you need to perform, there is a solution; for many, there is more than one solution.

Among the commands that we’re exploring today — which are all, in one way or another, file-related — you might not only find what you’re looking for, but also something that you never knew you wanted to look for!

Although the availability of commands may vary between different distributions of Linux, most of these are standard enough that they should work for you.

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12 Essential Linux Commands for Navigation and File System Management

Command Line TerminalWhen using Linux, half — or more — of the fun is opening up a terminal, leaving behind the GUI, and immersing yourself in the keyboard.

What this requires is little more than the knowledge of a few basic commands, largely related to navigation and file system manipulation.

Once you use each command, and become more comfortable with each one individually and in combination, it is a simple process to add more commands into the mix.

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File Management Principles & Shortcuts Part 3 of 3

File ManagementWelcome back to the third and final (for now) part of our series on file management.

If you missed the first part, we covered file properties, moving, deleting/restoring, and ordering, so go back and check that out.

If you missed the second part, we covered renaming, bulk renaming, and shortcuts, so go back and check that out.

In this part we will cover showing file extensions, changing file extensions, and how to change file associations, so let’s get to it!

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File Management Principles & Shortcuts Part 1 of 3

File ManagementSome methods of file manipulation are universal, and differ little — if any — from one file manager (or operating system) to the next.

You can move, edit, rename, view, order, copy, sort, group and otherwise change how files and folders act.

And there are usually multiple methods of accomplishing each action, allowing you to choose which ones work best for you.

In this three-part series we’ll cover some of the most basic aspects of file management.

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How To Organize Your Digital Data

Personal Data Filing SystemYou may, by this point in time, have some inkling of my proclivity for all things organization and order.

I’ve heard a saying that goes something like “Organization is for people too lazy to look for things”.

Yeah, I’m not buying that.

I like to know that everything has it’s own place to go, and exactly where that place is, so that I can find things in their proper places at any given time.

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Get to Know the Windows File Explorer File Manager

File Explorer IconA file manager does pretty much exactly what its name suggests; it allows you to manage files and folders from a graphical interface.

You can create, open, edit, view, play, move, copy, delete, rename, organize and otherwise manipulate files and folders to do your bidding, making use of a file manager.

In fact, you probably already use one every day, if you have any files at all. If not, you’re missing out. (Or maybe you always use the command line?)

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A Guide to Filename Extensions, File Formats & File Naming Conventions

File FormatsWhat makes a file recognizable as a photo, or as a video, or as any other type of file? And how does your computer know what program to use, to open each file?

No doubt you’ve already noticed that every file has an extension at the end, separated from the filename with a dot. That file extension indicates the file type, or format.

Graphical file extensions (such as .png, .jpg and .gif) indicate that the file is a photo or image, and that it can be opened with graphical viewing and/or editing programs.

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Directory Structure Fundamentals

Directory Structure FoldersHow do you know where to find files on your computer?

How, for that matter, does your computer know where to find files?

After learning file system fundamentals, the next step is to learn the directory structure of each file system.

The directory structure is the way that directories (also called “folders”) are organized.

By understanding the basics of your operating system’s directory structure, not only will you be able to avoid causing problems, but you should also be able to stay organized more easily.

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