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Actions

Actions are commands that you can perform on items, such as files, folders, images, etc. The Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) will show you a list of available actions for the selected item(s), along with their key bindings.

Customizing Actions

You can customize the key bindings for actions by modifying the settings file. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Files > Settings > Advanced > Edit settings file. This will open the settings file in your default text editor.
  2. Before editing the settings file, you’ll need to close Files by right-clicking the icon in the system tray and clicking on “Quit”.
  3. The settings file has a JSON format. You can use any text editor to open and modify it. The file contains a section called “Actions”. The “Actions” section is empty by default, but can add any action to this list and change the value of the key binding to any valid key combination.

For example, if you want to change the key binding for the CopyItem action to Ctrl+V, you can edit the file like this:

"Actions": {
    "CopyItem": "Ctrl+V",
    "PasteItem": "Ctrl+C"
  }

For more information about the available actions and their descriptions, please refer to the Actions list section below.

Actions

This section provides the complete list of actions and their descriptions. The actions are grouped by categories for easier reference.

Global

Help

Opens the online documentation in the web browser

Action name: Help

Default bindings:

{ "Help": "F1" }

Toggle FullScreen

Toggles FullScreen mode

Action name: ToggleFullScreen

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleFullScreen": "F11" }

Enter compact overlay

Enters compact overlay

Action name: EnterCompactOverlay

Default bindings:

{ "EnterCompactOverlay": "Ctrl+Alt+Up" }

Exit compact overlay

Exits compact overlay

Action name: ExitCompactOverlay

Default bindings:

{ "ExitCompactOverlay": "Ctrl+Alt+Down" }

Toggle compact overlay

Toggles compact overlay

Action name: ToggleCompactOverlay

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleCompactOverlay": "F12" }

Focuses the search box

Action name: Search

Default bindings:

{ "Search": "Ctrl+F,F3" }

Redo

Redoes the last file operation

Action name: Redo

Default bindings:

{ "Redo": "Ctrl+Y" }

Undo

Undoes the last file operation

Action name: Undo

Default bindings:

{ "Undo": "Ctrl+Z" }

Edit path

Focuses the path bar

Action name: EditPath

Default bindings:

{ "EditPath": "Ctrl+L,Alt+D" }

Show

Toggle hidden items

Toggles whether to show hidden items

Action name: ToggleShowHiddenItems

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleShowHiddenItems": "Ctrl+H" }

Toggle file extensions

Toggles whether to show file extensions

Action name: ToggleShowFileExtensions

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleShowFileExtensions": "" }

Toggle Preview Pane

Toggles the Preview Pane

Action name: TogglePreviewPane

Default bindings:

{ "TogglePreviewPane": "Ctrl+Alt+P" }

Toggle Details Pane

Toggles the Details Pane

Action name: ToggleDetailsPane

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleDetailsPane": "Ctrl+Alt+D" }

Toggle Info Pane

Toggles the Info Pane

Action name: ToggleInfoPane

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleInfoPane": "Ctrl+Alt+I" }

File System

Copy item

Copy selected items to the clipboard

Action name: CopyItem

Default bindings:

{ "CopyItem": "Ctrl+C" }

Copy path

Copy paths of selected items to the clipboard

Action name: CopyPath

Default bindings:

{ "CopyPath": "Ctrl+Shift+C" }

Cut item

Cut selected items to the clipboard

Action name: Cut

Default bindings:

{ "Cut": "Ctrl+X" }

Paste item

Pastes items from clipboard to current directory

Action name: PasteItem

Default bindings:

{ "PasteItem": "Ctrl+V" }

Paste item to selected folder

Pastes items from clipboard to the selected folder

Action name: PasteItemToSelection

Default bindings:

{ "PasteItemToSelection": "Ctrl+Shift+V" }

Delete item

Deletes selected items

Action name: DeleteItem

Default bindings:

{ "DeleteItem": "Delete,Ctrl+D" }

Permanently delete item

Permanently deletes selected items

Action name: DeleteItemPermanently

Default bindings:

{ "DeleteItemPermanently": "Shift+Delete" }

Create folder

Creates new folder

Action name: CreateFolder

Default bindings:

{ "CreateFolder": "Ctrl+Shift+N" }

Create folder with selection

Creates new folder with the selected items

Action name: CreateFolderWithSelection

Default bindings:

{ "CreateFolderWithSelection": "" }

Create item

Creates new item

Action name: AddItem

Default bindings:

{ "AddItem": "Ctrl+Shift+I" }

Create shortcut

Creates shortcut targeting the selected item

Action name: CreateShortcut

Default bindings:

{ "CreateShortcut": "" }

Create shortcut from dialog

Creates shortcut targeting any item

Action name: CreateShortcutFromDialog

Default bindings:

{ "CreateShortcutFromDialog": "" }

Open item

Opens selected items

Action name: OpenItem

Default bindings:

{ "OpenItem": "Enter" }

Open item with application picker

Opens items with the selected application

Action name: OpenItemWithApplicationPicker

Default bindings:

{ "OpenItemWithApplicationPicker": "" }

Open parent folder

Opens parent folder of searched item

Action name: OpenParentFolder

Default bindings:

{ "OpenParentFolder": "" }

Open file location

Opens location of the selected item

Action name: OpenFileLocation

Default bindings:

{ "OpenFileLocation": "" }

Refresh items

Refreshes the items of the current directory

Action name: RefreshItems

Default bindings:

{ "RefreshItems": "Ctrl+R,F5" }

Rename item

Renames selected item

Action name: Rename

Default bindings:

{ "Rename": "F2" }

Selection

Select all

Selects all items

Action name: SelectAll

Default bindings:

{ "SelectAll": "Ctrl+A" }

Invert selection

Inverts the selected items

Action name: InvertSelection

Default bindings:

{ "InvertSelection": "" }

Clear selection

Clears the selected items

Action name: ClearSelection

Default bindings:

{ "ClearSelection": "" }

Toggle selection

Toggles item selection

Action name: ToggleSelect

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleSelect": "Ctrl+Space" }

Share

Share item

Shares selected items

Action name: ShareItem

Default bindings:

{ "ShareItem": "" }

Start

Pin to start

Pins selected items to the Start Menu

Action name: PinToStart

Default bindings:

{ "PinToStart": "" }

Unpin from start

Unpins selected items from the Start Menu

Action name: UnpinFromStart

Default bindings:

{ "UnpinFromStart": "" }

Favorites

Pin to Favorites

Pins selected folders to Favorites

Action name: PinItemToFavorites

Default bindings:

{ "PinItemToFavorites": "" }

Unpin from Favorites

Unpins selected folders from Favorites

Action name: UnpinItemFromFavorites

Default bindings:

{ "UnpinItemFromFavorites": "" }

Backgrounds

Set as desktop background

Sets selected picture as the desktop background

Action name: SetAsWallpaperBackground

Default bindings:

{ "SetAsWallpaperBackground": "" }

Set as desktop slideshow

Sets selected pictures as the desktop slideshow

Action name: SetAsSlideshowBackground

Default bindings:

{ "SetAsSlideshowBackground": "" }

Set as lockscreen slideshow

Sets selected picture as the lockscreen background

Action name: SetAsLockscreenBackground

Default bindings:

{ "SetAsLockscreenBackground": "" }

Install

Install font

Installs selected fonts

Action name: InstallFont

Default bindings:

{ "InstallFont": "" }

Install Inf

Installs selected Inf files

Action name: InstallInfDriver

Default bindings:

{ "InstallInfDriver": "" }

Install certificate

Installs selected certificates

Action name: InstallCertificate

Default bindings:

{ "InstallCertificate": "" }

Run

Run as admin

Runs selected items as admin

Action name: RunAsAdmin

Default bindings:

{ "RunAsAdmin": "" }

Run as another user

Runs selected items as another user

Action name: RunAsAnotherUser

Default bindings:

{ "RunAsAnotherUser": "" }

Run with Powershell

Runs selected scripts with Powershell

Action name: RunWithPowershell

Default bindings:

{ "RunWithPowershell": "" }

Preview popups

View preview popup

Opens preview popup when QuickLook or SeerPro is installed

Action name: LaunchPreviewPopup

Default bindings:

{ "LaunchPreviewPopup": "Space" }

Archives

Create archive

Prompts to create archive from selected items

Action name: CompressIntoArchive

Default bindings:

{ "CompressIntoArchive": "" }

Create 7z archive

Creates 7z archive with selected items

Action name: CompressIntoSevenZip

Default bindings:

{ "CompressIntoSevenZip": "" }

Create zip archive

Creates zip archive with selected items

Action name: CompressIntoZip

Default bindings:

{ "CompressIntoZip": "" }

Extract archive

Prompts to extract items from selected archive

Action name: DecompressArchive

Default bindings:

{ "DecompressArchive": "Ctrl+E" }

Extract archive here

Extracts items from selected archive to current folder

Action name: DecompressArchiveHere

Default bindings:

{ "DecompressArchiveHere": "" }

Extract archive to new folder

Extracts items from selected archive to a new folder

Action name: DecompressArchiveToChildFolder

Default bindings:

{ "DecompressArchiveToChildFolder": "" }

Smart extract

Automatically chooses extraction mode based on the selected archives contents

Action name: DecompressArchiveHereSmart

Default bindings:

{ "DecompressArchiveHereSmart": "Ctrl+Shift+E" }

Image Manipulation

Rotate left

Rotates selected images left

Action name: RotateLeft

Default bindings:

{ "RotateLeft": "" }

Rotate right

Rotates selected images right

Action name: RotateRight

Default bindings:

{ "RotateRight": "" }

Open

Open in Visual Studio

Opens current folder in Visual Studio

Action name: OpenInVS

Default bindings:

{ "OpenInVS": "" }

Open in Visual Studio Code

Opens current folder in Visual Studio Code

Action name: OpenInVSCode

Default bindings:

{ "OpenInVSCode": "" }

Open properties

Opens properties window

Action name: OpenProperties

Default bindings:

{ "OpenProperties": "Alt+Enter" }

Open settings

Opens settings

Action name: OpenSettings

Default bindings:

{ "OpenSettings": "Ctrl+," }

Open Terminal

Opens folder in Windows Terminal

Action name: OpenTerminal

Default bindings:

{ "OpenTerminal": "Ctrl+`" }

Open Terminal as admin

Opens folder in Windows Terminal as admin

Action name: OpenTerminalAsAdmin

Default bindings:

{ "OpenTerminalAsAdmin": "Ctrl+Shift+`" }

Open Command Palette

Opens the Command Palette

Action name: OpenCommandPalette

Default bindings:

{ "OpenCommandPalette": "Ctrl+Shift+P" }

Layouts

Details View

Switches to the Details View

Action name: LayoutDetails

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutDetails": "Ctrl+Shift+1" }

List View

Switches to the List View

Action name: LayoutList

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutList": "Ctrl+Shift+2" }

Tiles View

Switches to the Tiles View

Action name: LayoutTiles

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutTiles": "Ctrl+Shift+3" }

Grid View Small Icons

Switches to the Grid View (small icon sizes)

Action name: LayoutGridSmall

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutGridSmall": "Ctrl+Shift+4" }

Grid View Medium Icons

Switches to the Grid View (medium icon sizes)

Action name: LayoutGridMedium

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutGridMedium": "Ctrl+Shift+5" }

Grid View Large Icons

Switches to the Grid View (large icon sizes)

Action name: LayoutGridLarge

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutGridLarge": "Ctrl+Shift+6" }

Columns View

Switches to the Columns View

Action name: LayoutColumns

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutColumns": "Ctrl+Shift+7" }

Adaptive Layout

Switches the layout based on the folder contents

Action name: LayoutAdaptive

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutAdaptive": "Ctrl+Shift+8" }

Increase icon size

Increases the icon size

Action name: LayoutIncreaseSize

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutIncreaseSize": "Ctrl++" }

Decrease icon size

Decreases the icon size

Action name: LayoutDecreaseSize

Default bindings:

{ "LayoutDecreaseSize": "Ctrl+-" }

Sorting

Sort by name

Sorts items alphabetically by their name

Action name: SortByName

Default bindings:

{ "SortByName": "" }

Sort by date modified

Sorts items by the date and time they were last modified

Action name: SortByDateModified

Default bindings:

{ "SortByDateModified": "" }

Sort by date created

Sorts items by the date and time they were created

Action name: SortByDateCreated

Default bindings:

{ "SortByDateCreated": "" }

Sort by size

Sorts items by their size

Action name: SortBySize

Default bindings:

{ "SortBySize": "" }

Sort by type

Sorts items by their type

Action name: SortByType

Default bindings:

{ "SortByType": "" }

Sort by sync status

Sorts items by their cloud sync status

Action name: SortBySyncStatus

Default bindings:

{ "SortBySyncStatus": "" }

Sort by tags

Sorts items by the tags assigned to them

Action name: SortByTag

Default bindings:

{ "SortByTag": "" }

Sort by path

Sorts items by their in the file system

Action name: SortByPath

Default bindings:

{ "SortByPath": "" }

Sort by original folder

Sorts items by the original folder they were deleted from

Action name: SortByOriginalFolder

Default bindings:

{ "SortByOriginalFolder": "" }

Sort by date deleted

Sorts items by the date and time they were deleted

Action name: SortByDateDeleted

Default bindings:

{ "SortByDateDeleted": "" }

Sort items in ascending order

Sorts items in ascending order according to the current sort option

Action name: SortAscending

Default bindings:

{ "SortAscending": "" }

Sort items in descending order

Sorts items in descending order according to the current sort option

Action name: SortDescending

Default bindings:

{ "SortDescending": "" }

Toggle sort direction

Toggles the sort direction between ascending and descending

Action name: ToggleSortDirection

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleSortDirection": "" }

Sort folders first

Lists and sorts folders before files

Action name: SortFoldersFirst

Default bindings:

{ "SortFoldersFirst": "" }

Sort files first

Lists and sorts files before folders

Action name: SortFilesFirst

Default bindings:

{ "SortFilesFirst": "" }

Sort folders alongside files

Lists and sorts folders alongside files

Action name: ToggleSortDirectoriesAlongsideFiles

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleSortDirectoriesAlongsideFiles": "" }

Grouping

Group by none

Lists items without grouping them

Action name: GroupByNone

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByNone": "" }

Group by name

Groups items by name

Action name: GroupByName

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByName": "" }

Group by date modified

Groups items by date modified

Action name: GroupByDateModified

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateModified": "" }

Group by date created

Groups items by date created

Action name: GroupByDateCreated

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateCreated": "" }

Group by size

Groups items by size

Action name: GroupBySize

Default bindings:

{ "GroupBySize": "" }

Group by type

Groups items by type

Action name: GroupByType

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByType": "" }

Group by sync status

Groups items by sync status

Action name: GroupBySyncStatus

Default bindings:

{ "GroupBySyncStatus": "" }

Group by tags

Groups items by tags

Action name: GroupByTag

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByTag": "" }

Group by original folder

Groups items by original folder

Action name: GroupByOriginalFolder

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByOriginalFolder": "" }

Group by date deleted

Groups items by date deleted

Action name: GroupByDateDeleted

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateDeleted": "" }

Group by folder path

Groups items by folder path

Action name: GroupByFolderPath

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByFolderPath": "" }

Group by date modified (year)

Groups items by year of date modified

Action name: GroupByDateModifiedYear

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateModifiedYear": "" }

Group by date modified (month)

Groups items by month of date modified

Action name: GroupByDateModifiedMonth

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateModifiedMonth": "" }

Group by date modified (day)

Groups items by day of date modified

Action name: GroupByDateModifiedDay

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateModifiedDay": "" }

Group by date created (year)

Groups items by year of date created

Action name: GroupByDateCreatedYear

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateCreatedYear": "" }

Group by date created (month)

Groups items by month of date created

Action name: GroupByDateCreatedMonth

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateCreatedMonth": "" }

Group by date created (day)

Groups items by day of date created

Action name: GroupByDateCreatedDay

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateCreatedDay": "" }

Group by date deleted (year)

Groups items by year of date deleted

Action name: GroupByDateDeletedYear

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateDeletedYear": "" }

Group by date deleted (month)

Groups items by month of date deleted

Action name: GroupByDateDeletedMonth

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateDeletedMonth": "" }

Group by date deleted (day)

Groups items by day of date deleted

Action name: GroupByDateDeletedDay

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByDateDeletedDay": "" }

Group in ascending order

Sorts groups in ascending order

Action name: GroupAscending

Default bindings:

{ "GroupAscending": "" }

Group in Descending order

Sorts groups in descending order

Action name: GroupDescending

Default bindings:

{ "GroupDescending": "" }

Toggle sort direction

Toggles group sort direction

Action name: ToggleGroupDirection

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleGroupDirection": "" }

Group by year

Groups items by year

Action name: GroupByYear

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByYear": "" }

Group by month

Groups items by month

Action name: GroupByMonth

Default bindings:

{ "GroupByMonth": "" }

Toggle grouping unit

Toggles unit for grouping by date

Action name: ToggleGroupByDateUnit

Default bindings:

{ "ToggleGroupByDateUnit": "" }

New tab

Opens a new tab

Action name: NewTab

Default bindings:

{ "NewTab": "Ctrl+T" }

New tab

Opens a new tab

Action name: NewTab

Default bindings:

{ "NewTab": "Ctrl+T" }

New Window

Opens a new window

Action name: NewWindow

Default bindings:

{ "NewWindow": "Ctrl+N" }

Navigates backward in navigation history

Action name: NavigateBack

Default bindings:

{ "NavigateBack": "Alt+Left,Backspace" }

Navigates forward in navigation history

Action name: NavigateForward

Default bindings:

{ "NavigateForward": "Alt+Right" }

Navigates up one directory

Action name: NavigateUp

Default bindings:

{ "NavigateUp": "Alt+Up" }

Other

Duplicate tab

Duplicates the current tab

Action name: DuplicateCurrentTab

Default bindings:

{ "DuplicateCurrentTab": "Ctrl+Shift+K" }

Close tabs to the left

Closes tabs to the left of the current tab

Action name: CloseTabsToTheLeftCurrent

Default bindings:

{ "CloseTabsToTheLeftCurrent": "" }

Close tabs to the right

Closes tabs to the right of the current tab

Action name: CloseTabsToTheRightCurrent

Default bindings:

{ "CloseTabsToTheRightCurrent": "" }

Close other tabs

Closes other tabs

Action name: CloseOtherTabsCurrent

Default bindings:

{ "CloseOtherTabsCurrent": "" }

Open folder in new pane

Opens selected folder in a new pane

Action name: OpenDirectoryInNewPane

Default bindings:

{ "OpenDirectoryInNewPane": "" }

Open folder in new tab

Opens selected folder in a new tab

Action name: OpenDirectoryInNewTab

Default bindings:

{ "OpenDirectoryInNewTab": "" }

Open folder in new window

Opens selected folder in a new window

Action name: OpenInNewWindowItem

Default bindings:

{ "OpenInNewWindowItem": "" }

Reopen closed tab

Reopens the last closed tab

Action name: ReopenClosedTab

Default bindings:

{ "ReopenClosedTab": "Ctrl+Shift+T" }

Move to the previous tab

Switches focus to the previous tab

Action name: PreviousTab

Default bindings:

{ "PreviousTab": "Ctrl+Shift+Tab" }

Move to the next tab

Switches focus to the next tab

Action name: NextTab

Default bindings:

{ "NextTab": "Ctrl+Tab" }

Close tab

Closes the current tab

Action name: CloseSelectedTab

Default bindings:

{ "CloseSelectedTab": "Ctrl+W,Ctrl+F4" }

New pane

Opens a new pane

Action name: OpenNewPane

Default bindings:

{ "OpenNewPane": "Alt+Shift++" }

Close pane

Closes the right new pane

Action name: ClosePane

Default bindings:

{ "ClosePane": "Ctrl+Shift+W" }

Play

Play media files

Plays the selected media files

Action name: PlayAll

Default bindings:

{ "PlayAll": "" }

Git

Fetch

Runs git fetch

Action name: GitFetch

Default bindings:

{ "GitFetch": "" }

Init

Initializes the current folder as a Git repository

Action name: GitInit

Default bindings:

{ "GitInit": "" }

Pull

Runs git pull

Action name: GitPull

Default bindings:

{ "GitPull": "" }

Push

Runs git push

Action name: GitPush

Default bindings:

{ "GitPush": "" }

Sync

Runs git pull and then git push

Action name: GitSync

Default bindings:

{ "GitSync": "" }